An Artistic Life in the Fast Lane

Drew Doggett is an energetic young artist whose entrepreneurial skills keep pace with the broad scope of his artistic vision and philanthropic commitment.

To give you an idea: Drew flew to Nashville, the day after returning from his recent second documentary trip--this one to Africa, to measure every inch of our downstairs gallery walls so that he could tailor-make every piece selected for the exhibit, each one large scale and to be mounted on aluminum. In addition, he was interviewed for a two-part story to appear in the April and May issues of Nashville Arts magazine. All that in a whirlwind trip of six hours.

Drew Doggett (far right) talks with Arts Company Owner and Director, Dr. Anne Brown; Michael Burcham, Executive Director, Entrepreneur Center (far left); and Lon Bouldin, Ventures PR.

His is an artistic life in the fast lane, for sure.

In the five years since he graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human and Organizational Development, he has established himself as a significant emerging photographer with three distinct bodies of work:

1) high fashion, beginning his NYC-based career with accomplished photographers Mark Seliger and Steven Klein, followed quickly by creating his own trend-setting style of high fashion photography;

2) documentary, committing himself to a 10-year series of documentaries focused on vanishing cultures in remote areas--the first one, Slow Road to China, about the people and landscapes of a remote Himalayan region of Nepal, will be part of this exhibition; and initiating Art Cares, a non-profit organization to benefit the cultures he documents;

3) and urban landscapes, through commissions from private, business and government clients.

As with any artist, the heart of the matter is in his work--his meticulous attention to detail both in his photographs and in their presentation; his clear understanding of what he is looking for in each of the areas in which he works; and his commitment to capturing the beauty of obscure and vanishing cultures in the world. All of this will be clear to you when you step into the door of our gallery. You will know this is a different kind of artistic journey.

The photographs speak for themselves, but they also speak of the spirit of adventure and the vision of this photographer's passion for his work. Think of this as an art lover's adventure--a remote primitive culture meets high fashion and urban environments, each offering distinctive visual insight into some of the beauties and realities of three cultures, all co-existing in our contemporary world, each one enriching the other.

This exhibition introduces Nashville to a young 21st-century artist whose photographic images reveal the work of an artist and entrepreneur who has achieved artistic, commercial, and philanthropic success in a very short time. This is Drew's first exhibit in Nashville, and, we hope, just the beginning of more great photographs and exhibits he will bring back to Nashville.

Join us to welcome Drew back to Nashville
Saturday, April 2, 6-9 pm,
during First Saturday Art Crawl.