S. Conley“I create art as a way to wrestle with life. The images I make are snapshots of my deepest inner faith, thoughts and dreams. The people depicted are often representations of broad sections of culture, different animals can be God, struggle, or even desire. I use these symbols to create a story that is representative of the world around me.I enjoy relating the meaning of most of my work, but I also enjoy when the viewer deciphers the work for themselves, for we form on our own opinions in our encounters with each other, why not in art as well?I began to seriously study art at a young age. I consider my art education to be a ongoing process that will end with my death. My studio is currently in East Nashville, where I live, work and play.”
Watkins College of Art, 1993, 1997-2000
Memphis College of Art, 1993-1996
2009 – Designed “The Riders” Awarded one of the 2009 Metro Arts Council Bike Rack Grants, , Indigenous, group show, The Rymer Galley
2008 – Indigenous, group show, The Rymer Galley -Grab & Go: Fine art that you can take with you., The Rymer Gallery.
2007 – Artrageous, Bennett Galleries – Artclectic Juried Exhibition, USN
2006 – Ukrainian Art Conference, Kiev, Ukraine – Group Show With “Golden Artist of the Ukraine” Peter Lebedynets and André Bludov – “John Show” solo at FBC Nashville
2005 – Artrageous featured artist, Rumors Gallery – Art Expo, New York, NY, featured artist, Deljou Art Group