Endangered Heritage: Nature in the Balance

Rachael McCampbell is partnering with Tinney Contemporary and The Land Trust for Tennessee for an inspiring and insightful exhibit entitled: Endangered Heritage:  Nature in the Balance. 
A native Tennessean, McCampbell recently returned from Los Angeles to Nashville (Leiper's Fork) to be near the source of her inspiration-Nature. 

This connection is strongly evident in her body of large-scale, highly textured paintings of North American endangered species, such as the Whooping Crane, Red Wolf, Florida Cougar, Big Horned Sheep, Stellar Sea Lion, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and the Nashville Crayfish, among others.  A central element of the show, designed to further challenge the viewer, is a sculptural monument comprised of actual bird and animal parts-a memorial to extinct species that have been eliminated primarily due to habitat encroachment.  The painterly representations of endangered species surrounding the monument act as a hopeful contrast to the macabre sculpture as they uplift and inspire the viewer to action, shining a spotlight on the urgency surrounding our quickly disappearing natural endowment.
A percentage of sales will benefit The Land Trust for Tennessee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the unique character of Tennessee's natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations-land that by default preserves birds, animals and marine life from the danger of extinction. http://www.landtrusttn.org.  McCampbell finds herself personally drawn to the Land Trust's cause, having seen her family's 425-acre farm condemned by county officials to build an industrial park.  Taking a stand in partnership with this organization, McCampbell hopes to illustrate the importance of preserving our land for birds and animals.  "It's alarming," McCampbell says. "1,050 species are endangered and another 309 threatened in the United States alone. Everywhere you turn there is more information about the endangerment and near extinction of yet another species. As an artist, I am inspired to not only honor these beautiful creatures by painting them, but to also raise awareness and incite action among the general public. There is no time left for complacency." 
Rachael McCampbell received her BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Georgia.  She has lived and worked in New York, London, Florence and Los Angeles. McCampbell's artwork is in both public and private collections in the United States and Europe. She divides her time between her studio in Santa Monica, California and Nashville, Tennessee.


Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro where she teaches advanced level painting courses.  She was born in Vientiane Laos in 1976. At the age of four, her family emigrated from Thailand to Winfield, Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1999. Sisavanh continued her education at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where 2003 she received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing. She has exhibited her work in solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions throughout United States, Canada, and New Zealand. 

"The Attack of the Hummingbirds: Enron Scandal"  48" x 48"  acrylic on canvas  Sisavanh Phouthavong