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Childs brings “Portrait of Dollie Patterson” to Nashville airport

You wouldnt expect to learn about one womans quiet farming experience in the midst
of the comings and goings of Nashville International Airport, but an Austin Peay
emeritus professor of art is bringing the unexpected to Concourse C.

Bruce Childs Portrait of Dollie Patterson, a video and photographic documentary about the Tennessee farmer, opened Sept. 7. The show continues through Sunday, Nov. 28.

The documentary shows the Bon Aqua farmer reflecting on her life as a citizen, wife, mother and keeper of the land, according to Childs.
You wouldn't expect to learn about one woman's quiet farming experience in the midst
of the comings and goings of Nashville International Airport, but an Austin Peay
emeritus professor of art is bringing the unexpected to Concourse C.

Bruce Childs' “Portrait of Dollie Patterson,” a video and photographic documentary about the Tennessee farmer, opened Sept. 7. The show continues through Sunday, Nov. 28.

The documentary shows the Bon Aqua farmer reflecting on her life as “a citizen, wife, mother and keeper of the land,” according to Childs.

He adds, “The pictures represent a passage of time in rural Tennessee and the promise that comes with the new guardians of the Patterson farming tradition.”

Childs, a member of Austin Peay's art department from 1980-2004, has been cited by the Southern Graphics Council, and his work has appeared in “Southern Quarterly.” In addition, he has given solo exhibitions at Nashville International Airport, the Gay and Lesbian Center, Nashville, and Middle Tennessee State University. In 2001, Childs was selected for the International Artist Exchange, studying in Basel, Switzerland.

Childs received his M.F.A. from the State University of New York (SUNY). He earned his master's in printmaking at Saint Cloud University and his B.S. Ed. in studio arts at Massachusetts College of Art.

Arts in the Airport, an award-winning program created in 1988 by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport's passengers and visitors.
—Rebecca Mackey