Inside Out

a group exhibition featuring Mike Goodlett, Donté K. Hayes, and Amy Pleasant

Inside Out brings together the sculptural work of Mike Goodlett, Donté K. Hayes and Amy Pleasant. In this exhibition, one can see three distinct approaches to depicting the human body, Hayes and Pleasant using clay, and Goodlett casting forms with hydrostone plaster. There is an ambiguity and a familiarity about each of the works gathered for this exhibition, each artist examining the relationship we have to our own bodies and personal histories and how we interact with the outside world. One question being, what do we reveal and what do we conceal?

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Mike Goodlett (b. 1958, Lexington, Kentucky) lives and works in rural Kentucky. He received his B.F.A. from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1983. Goodlett’s work has been the subject of solo presentations at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington; Tops Gallery, Memphis; Galerie Christian Berst, New York; and Institute 193, Lexington. His work is frequently featured in group presentations, including recent exhibitions at Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta; Shrine, New York; Mrs., New York; and Summertime, New York, among others. In 2019, Goodlett’s work was featured in the Atlanta Biennial.

Donté K. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University at Kennesaw, Georgia with a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking with an Art History minor. Hayes received his MA and MFA with honors from the University of Iowa and is the 2017 recipient of the University of Iowa Arts Fellowship. Recent art exhibitions include group shows at the Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago, Illinois, the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin, and the 2021 ATL Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary in Georgia. Donté’s artwork has been presented at the 1-54 art fair in London, England and at Design Miami in Florida. His work is included in the Renwick Gallery at The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, in Texas. Hayes, is a 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artists and Artaxis Fellow. Donté is the 2019 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art from the Gibbes Museum of Art. 

Amy Pleasant received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1999).  Pleasant has received numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2018), the South Arts Prize for the State of Alabama (2018), Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award (2015), and Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (2019/2003). She has held solo exhibitions at Laney Contemporary Savannah, GA; Institute 193, Lexington, KY; Geary Contemporary, NYC; Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC/Hudson; whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Atlanta Contemporary, GA; among others. Her work has been included in numerous two-person and group exhibitions at venues such as Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL; Tif Sigfrids, Athens, Georgia; Atlanta Biennial 2019, Atlanta Contemporary; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL; Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR; Cuevas Tilleard Projects, New York, NY; Knoxville Museum of Art, TN; Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; and Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as World Sculpture News, SculptureThe Brooklyn RailArt in America, ArtforumArt PapersBad at Sports and BURNAWAY. Pleasant also co-founded the curatorial initiative The Fuel And Lumber Company with artist Pete Schulte in 2013.