Artlightenment 2013, the art show and film festival which showcased over 70 visual artists, painters, sculptors and filmmakers officially hit its stride this year as the five-year-old festival enjoyed record attendance.
Artlightenment is an annual event that was created by Robyn Morshead in 2009. It is held at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville in the old Fall School building. Rev. Brian Fesler, Pastor of the Nashville Church says, “It is part of our mission to assist the artists in society, as they are the ones who uplift the culture. So this art show ties right in with our purpose.”
This year, the festival ran from November 14-16. Artlightenment producer, Robyn Morshead said, “In particular, the students from MTSU’s Film and Video Department captured the spirit of Artlightenment in their films.” Overall, Morshead was pleased with this year’s festival, which she said was a testament to the festival’s objective of “bringing a new renaissance in filmmaking and visual art to Nashville.”
Awards for this year’s films and visual art were presented on Saturday evening. It was met by an enthusiastic and large crowd, as Artlightenment’s festivities wound to a close. The highlight of this year’s Artlightenment Festival was celebrity photographer, Raeanne Rubenstein who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her incomparable body of work.
The Artlightenment Best Film Award went to Jaclyn Edmondson with MTSU for her film “Sbocciare.” Winner of the Overall Competition for Best Art went to Jennie Schut. The full list of awards can be found online at artilghtenment.com.