Flood Gallery Fine Art Center

Flood Mission

Flood Fine Art Center is a non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to advancing the careers of emerging and mid career artists, as well as educating the public and furthering the understanding of contemporary art and its importance within the community and beyond. We aim to provide a stimulating environment for artists so that they will successively enlighten, challenge, inspire, and elevate awareness for the necessity of art in contemporary culture.

Flood Fine Art Center seeks to be a vital cultural resource for Asheville through providing funding and space for innovative local and national artists as well as curators who stretch boundaries in all media. Through our extensive exhibition schedule, residency program, educational activities, presentations and publications we aim to serve a diverse audience that will in turn enhance quality of life and provide opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable.

May 5th, 2007, New York From Knoxville



Flood Gallery Fine Art Center is pleased to announce “New Work From Knoxville,” an exhibition by three artists: Rachel Dove, Michael Giles, and Amanda Wiles. All three artists are recent graduates of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and all use their art practice as a means of exploring societal and cultural values as they pertain to political environmental and personal landscapes. The show will run from May 5th- 29th with an opening reception from 7-10 pm on Saturday, May 5th.
Rachel Dove received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio and her MFA from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her process of art making examines the condition of looking, wanting and having. Rachel uses personal and constructed narratives to form veiled but plausible scenarios. Her works play humorous, mysterious, flamboyant, and quirky roles. To the viewer her paintings/sculptures spawn clips of half-baked, ceremonial narratives or artificial manifestations that embody a dualistic component. Rachel will be attending The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Summer Residency in 2007.
Michael Giles is a Venezuelan-American artist currently residing in Knoxville, TN. He is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he received his MFA in painting and drawing. His work attempts to deal with the connections that bind contemporary society, and explore how these connections can further our understanding of each other. Through the use of multi-leveled media, he attempts to relate to society on its own terms and to explore the ever expanding possibilities that technological and visual innovations have afforded citizens in the new information age.
Amanda Wiles received an MFA in sculpture at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In her work, Amanda explores both romantically grand and utterly banal phenomena of the contemporary landscape as they allude to our tenuous relationship to the land. She engages the tension between perceptions of the land’s traditional beauty and the results of our presence within it. Her video/photo/installation works and activities examine place and perception through subtle gestures of intervention and inversion of materials and methods.