Brady Haston

These works are a continuing exploration of the abstract graphic qualities found in that specific urban environment.

Faded signs, murals, and censored graffiti act to break up the monotonous cityscape and then become a primary source material that provides a point of departure for the paintings. These sometimes accidental and unplanned forms provide a dynamic background for the more permanent industrial parts and residential fixtures encountered on a daily basis. The shapes and forms are pulled into the work and creative process to act as a record of memory that attempts to capture forgotten pieces of our own background. Rearranging the jumble and chaos of the urban environment in an attempt to create a visual construction for the viewer to enter provides a chance for direct participation with this strategy.

The images present in the paintings and prints come directly from my surroundings and then after manipulation become a virtual tour of my neighborhood. I would like the audience to come away from this show with a heightened sense of awareness toward the subtle visual phenomena that surrounds us.

Brady Haston is a Tennessee native who spent several years teaching drawing and foundations at Columbia College in Chicago. He is currently living and working in Nashville where he is on faculty at Watkins College of Art and Design.



Fragmentary Survey


A Brief History of Nashville

New Work/New Space

Isolation Drills 

Exhibit Your Symptom 

Brady Haston/Behind the City

Heading West

In the Valley of Men

Out of Our Minds

Presence of Mind I

Private Dialogue: Vanderbilt University Law School

Rituals: A Benefit for the Elephant Sanctuary

Rituals: A Benefit for the Elephant Sanctuary


Two Miles

Zeitgeist Gallery Print Portfolio 2008

zeitgeist on paper

artist's website:



B.F. A. Middle Tennessee State University. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 1992

University of Georgia  (Studies Abroad Program), Cortona, Italy. 1991

M.F.A. Montana State University. Bozeman, Montana. 1997



2014 “A Brief History of Nashville”, Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN

2013 “ Print Works”, Print Zero Studios, Seattle, WA

2010 “ Behind the City”, Zeitgeist, Nashville,TN

2010 “Teloloapan”, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas, Tyler Texas

2008 “June and October”, Twist, Nashville, TN

2006 “Heading West” Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN

2006 “Intersection” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

2003 “Two Miles” Zeitgeist, Nashville TN

2002 “Walking Distance” Oliva DeLuce Gallery, Northwest Missouri State, Maryville, MO

2001 “In the Valley Of Men” Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN

2000 “Paintings and Sketchbooks” Cheeekwood Museum of Fine Art, Nashville, TN


2002 “Casual Providence” Brady Haston & Mike Pugh, Kate Remington Gallery, Racine, WI    


2013 “The Sketchbook Collective”, Brownlee O. Curry jr. Gallery, Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film, Nashville, TN

2013 “New Work/New Space”, Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN

2012 “Open Studio”, Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN

2012 “Viaduct Wall”, Martin Art Quest Gallery, Frist Center, Nashville, TN

2012 “Isolation Drills”, Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN

2012 “Superstruct”, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

2012 “Exhibit Your Symptom”, Nashville, TN


2011 “Anxious Days”, Twist, Nashville, TN

2011 “Industry of the Ordinary, Currey Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010 “Minor Victory”, Twist, Nashville, TN

Selected Bibliography

Alexa Hinton, “Messages for the masses”, The City Paper. January 18, 2008.

John Gibbons. “Chicago Artist Resource”. March 2006.

David Maddox, “Climb Aboard”, The Nashville Scene, March 4, 2004.

David Maddox, “In the Abstract”, The Nashville Scene, November 27, 2003.

Susan Knowles. “Lost in the Crowd”, Number 35, Autumn 1999


2012 Professional Development Grant Watkins College of Art and Design

2011 Professional Development Grant Watkins College of Art and Design

2010 Professional Development Grant Watkins College of Art and Design

2009 Professional Development Grant Watkins College of Art and Design

2008 Professional Development Grant Watkins College of Art and Design

2007 Professional Development Grant Watkins College of Art and Design

1994 Mildred Grant Memorial Scholarship

1993 Frances Hook Scholarship

1992 Charles Massey Scholarship

1990 Olga Massey Scholarship

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor- August 2006- Present, Watkins college of Art and Design, Nashville, TN

Adjunct Faculty- October 1999 –2006, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Instructor- August 2004, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN

Visiting Artist- September 2002, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Teaching Assistant- September 1994-May 1997, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT