It’s September, and The Arts Company opens its 2015 Fall Art Season Downtown, beginning September 5, with a sculpture exhibition, The Sculpture of Edward Belbusti and Susan DeMay. In addition, the gallery will preview more of what to expect in the new season, including: new art by emerging artists Mandy Rogers Horton and Jodi Hays in October; new signature photography by Christine Patterson in November; a selection of some 90 photographs by Jerry Park highlighting the Holiday Arts Market in December; plus, the remaining vintage Ed Clark photographs from Paris/1945 - some never before seen by the public. In addition, there will be new works by selected gallery artists Edie Maney, Daryl Thetford, LaVon Williams, and others exhibited throughout the fall.

The Sculpture of Belbusti and DeMay opens during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown on September 5, 6PM-9PM, and continues during regular gallery hours, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday through Saturday, through September 25, at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, North, in downtown Nashville. Selections of new work from other artists to be exhibited this fall will be included.

The Sculpture of Edward Belbusti and Susan DeMay—

Constructing Architectural Forms in Steel and Porcelain

About Edward Belbusti

A lifetime spent in architecture is the foundation of Edward Belbusti’s form. He constructs pieces in different scales—from tabletop to large public sculpture, all based on his architectural background of designing entire buildings. Even the smaller pieces suggest the possibility of monumentally-scaled pieces. His materials of choice include clay, wood, and corten steel. This exhibit is focused on larger outdoor pieces. Belbusti studied Architecture at Virginia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1981. Prior to moving to Nashville in 1989, he worked as an architect in New York and Baltimore. In Nashville he worked for over 30 years as University Architect at Vanderbilt University. He retired from architecture and began his career as a sculptor in 2011. Even though retired from the field, architecture still plays a strong role in his artwork – especially in the freedom of expression of his own designs.


Susan DeMay presents new work with architectural forms as slabs of porcelain linked together in sculptural forms. She describes this new body of work as “what goes where,” as she uses her own templates, and some of Belbusti’s, to construct abstract sculptural forms from slabs of clay. Some of the pieces in this exhibit have been worked on jointly by DeMay and Belbusti, but their forms, coloration, and scale are distinctive to each artist. This exhibit represents an opportunity for DeMay to move into more abstract forms and larger scale. She has worked from a studio in Smithville, TN, since the 1980s and has been teaching ceramics at Vanderbilt University since then as well. She has exhibited her work in shows throughout the country.