By Jennifer Moonsong
Jobe Publishing, Inc.
Glasgow Middle School art teacher Jennifer Fritsch doesn’t only teach art, she’s lives and breaths it. For students who feel the same, she wants to offer every opportunity available, and that is why she started the annual visiting artist series five years ago.
This year’s visiting artist will be internationally known Nashville-based sculptor, Beth Reitmeyer.
“Beth brings a unique perspective as she incorporates a lot of math and science into her sculptures and installations,” said Fritsch.
About Beth Reitmeyer
For modern art enthusiasts, Beth needs no introduction. Her work can be described as abstract, elaborate and certainly as colorful. Even if you don’t know her name, you’ve likely seen her sculptures.
Beth Reitmeyer is a visual artist based in Nashville, TN who likes to make people happy with her colorful installations.
Beth was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Louisville, KY. She attended Northwestern University (MFA), The School of the Art Institute (Post Baccalaureate program), and the Pennsylvania State University (BFA). Her sewing skills and love of glitter were learned from her mother.
Beth’s work has recently been exhibited at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN; The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY; OZ Arts Nashville, Nashville, TN; The Downing Museum, Bowling Green, KY; Seed Space, Nashville, TN; Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN; Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL; Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; abrasiveMedia, Nashville, TN; BOX13 ArtSpace, Houston, TX; The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL; golden PARACHUTES, Berlin; ArtWorks, Cincinnati, OH. Beth has been an artist-in-residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA and The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL.
The benefit of the artist series
Reitmeyer will be at GMS on April 10th. She will spend the day creating her art and working with students, Well inspiring them and answering their questions.
“As an artist and art educator, I am inspired by artists who do things differently, I am inspired to give my students an awareness of the impact of art (and art education) in our daily lives. I want to help students find their creative voice by showing them people who use theirs daily,” said Fritsch.
Fritsch is also excited to introduce the community to Reitmeyer and her work.
At 6 PM on the evening of April 10, a reception will be held to unveil a piece of artwork done by Reitmeyer and the students.
Tickets to the reception are $5 and benefit the visiting artists series. They may be purchased at the middle school at 105 Scottie Drive in Glasgow beginning March 25, and at the door on the evening of the reception. Refreshments will be served.
“I think that the community and students learn several things- they learn how artists work, that a career in art is possible, and how art is incorporated into our everyday life,” Fritsch said.