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André L. Churchwell: Self-Expression in Art and Fashion


The University Club of Nashville Through December 23

Dr. Churchwell is S enior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He maintains appointments as a professor in the fields of Medicine (Cardiology), Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering and also has an ongoing practice at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. He’s a fashion aficionado and was featured in Nathaniel “Natty” Adams’s book I Am Dandy: the Return of the Elegant Gentleman published as part of an exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) concerning the history of men’s fashion. He writes poetry and prose and contributes to a fashion blog. Somehow he still finds time to make visual art.

he exhibit André L. Churchwell: Self-Expression in Art and Fashion offers a look into the character of a man who is highly accomplished, productive, fashionable, and, no doubt, a Nashville treasure. The show features approximately thirty pieces, including portraits, landscapes and architecture from his travels, super heroes, and a small section on fashion, which features the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute blazer he designed. According to Dr. Churchwell, he draws what he wants and doesn’t try to overthink his work. “I have found my art to be both a vehicle for self-expression as well as a means to lessen daily stress.” His father, Robert Churchwell, Sr. (Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary is named for him), was very interested in art, writing, and music. André says it had a profound effect on him. “He was quite adept at sketching, and, as a child, I was thrilled when he would draw my favorite cartoon

Hemingway with a Tail, 1975, Pencil, 12” x 12”

characters. From those initial experiences, I began drawing and studying artists of all genres—from comic book artists like the legendary Jack Kirby to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.”

André L. Churchwell: Self-Expression in Art and Fashion is on display through the end of the year at The University Club of Nashville, 2402 Garland Avenue. For more information, visit



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War wick Hotel Philadelphia, Circa 1926 $2,550

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17th Century Stunning Wooden Baroque Panel Great as wall hanging or headboard $3,650

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~Raul Rodriguez Camacho, La Naranja, 1974, Oil on canvas, 19.5”x15.5”, $500~

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