We Help Artists Grow, Connect, Produce,
and Give Back.

abrasiveMedia is made possible by the generous support of Houston Station and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, with additional support from the Tennessee Arts Commissions, and many corporate and private contributors.

Our Background

abrasiveMedia was founded in 2004. From 2004-2010, we hosted several art shows and community performances, held forums to partner artists with social justice-oriented organizations, and launched the Starving Artist Venture. In 2010 we realized that we need to either make abrasiveMedia into a sustainable organization, or close shop. We decided to press on.

From 2010-2012, we began developing our Artist Residency programs. We took on two test-programs, and began offering classes in partnership with the Brick Factory (now Fort Houston). Our resident aerial & contemporary dance company, FALL, performed for over 1500 people at events such as the Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival, Edgehill Artisan Fair, a variety of private events, and our own showcase. David Landry launched Th3 Anomaly, a graphic-novel based in fine arts in which each panel is a painting.

We accomplish our mission through an artist residency,
classes, outreach programs, and community events.
Since 2013, our artists have reached over 10,000 people.
In 2013, we began hosting our classes in Houston Station in a temporary 1700 sq ft facility. When we moved, our facility became the abrasiveMedia Center for Artists; there we have grown our weekly classes, expanded the artists in residence, hosted workshops and special events, and opened a small gallery space.

In the spring of 2014 we will moved to our current 3000 sq ft facility, also in Houston Station. Here, we have grown our class and residency programs, as well as begun participating in the monthly art crawl. Over 4000 people have passed through our facility since opening… many even stayed awhile. We also launched our Community Outreach department, beginning with the Super Squad and continuing with Project:Awake.

In 2015, the development phase of Th3 Anomaly was completed, a 4.5 year process which resulted in 321 paintings depicting a fictional story based on Nicola Tesla’s inventions. FALL began the process of becoming a stand-alone entity, and we opened the Creative Cafe, offering drop-in studio time for visual and literary artists.

In the upcoming year, we will be growing our artist residency program, increasing our class options, and continuing to host some of the best events in town.