The Visual Resources Center welcomes Patrick Gilbreath as the new assistant visual resources curator in our department. Gilbreath, who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in French and economics, recently moved back to Nashville from Pennsylvania State University where he received a master’s degree in art history this spring.
As a graduate assistant at Penn State (2010-2012), Gilbreath was a section instructor for three courses: Ancient to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Modern Art, and African, Oceanic, and Native American Art. His master’s thesis addresses primitivism, jazz, and visual art: “Visualizing Modern ‘Primitive’ Music: Blanding Sloan’s Jazz—The New Possession.”
Interested in synesthesia in which multiple senses are engaged at once, Gilbreath enjoys visual works that draw on the aural such as Gothic architecture and medieval music. This interest coupled with his love of pre-1950s American painting and graphic arts led him to study the work of Blanding Sloan, an American printmaker, filmmaker, and puppeteer. “I love the physicality of creating prints, especially woodcuts,” said Gilbreath. ~Fay