bio

Born and raised in the small town of Mount Juliet Tennessee to two veterinarians, I was taught to appreciate the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. I technically began my collegiate career during high school when I attended the Governor School for the Arts hosted at Middle Tennessee State University. It was there that I discovered my deep passion for Sculpture and Printmaking, two mediums I had no previous experience and very little knowledge in. In the fall of 2011, I began my studies at The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Where I am currently getting my Bachelor’s degree in sculpture.

Over the course of my college career, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn a variety of techniques and materials. My earlier work focused on the creation of a series of fictitious animals, in which I used my knowledge of sculpture and printmaking to not only create the creatures, but the surrounding environment that gave them life through the fabrication of a fictitious universe in which they exist. I have accomplished this by creating busts of the creatures as well as mock dissection slides, anatomy prints, cutouts from medical journals, and a variety of other objects that indicate the creatures exist not only within their own universe but ours. This includes the staging of models and samples within actual scientific settings like a museum. My most recent work seeks to create the same suspension of disbelief in their existence and are focused on a series of bionic and cybernetic prosthesis that are made by a fictitious company called Facsimile Industries. Through the guise of Facsimile Industries I have been able to create believable prosthesis that not only mask their non-functionality, but captivate the viewer with their forms that combine utilitarian aesthetics with natural forms.

curriculum vitae

education

2015 BA Magna Cum Laude, Sculpture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Studied under Jason Brown and John Powers

2014 ISEFE, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France

2012 Apprenticeship under Andreas Dobay, Salve, Italy

2010 Governor School for the Arts, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

solo exhibitions

2015 Facsimile Industries Showroom Opening, Gallery 10/10, Knoxville, TN

group exhibitions

2015 This May Be It, Harb's Gallery, Knoxville , TN

2015 With Love, Your Biggest Fan II, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2015 U – Turn Exchange Exhibition, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2015 The Art of Recycling, Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN

2015 2015 Student Art Show, Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2015 The Workshop, Gallery 10/10, Knoxville, TN

2010 Graduation Exhibition, Governor School for the Arts, Murfreesboro, TN

awards/ relevant activity

2017 Massachusetts Assets for Artists: North Adams Grant

2015 Film Award for Best Editing, UTK School of Art Hand-held Festival,
Knoxville, TN

2013 CIE Study Abroad Scholarship, UTK School of Art, Knoxville, TN

2012 Orin E. Erma Graff Scholarship, UTK School of Art, Knoxville, TN

work

2016 - 2017 Art Fabricator for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), worked under
the Director of Fabrication and Art Installation, Richard Criddle.
Fabricated & Installed Artwork, and did lighting for the following shows:

Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space
Alex Da Corte: Free Roses
Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves
Multiple Artists: Explode Everyday, An Inquiry into the
Phenomena of Wonder
Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun
Nick Cave: Until
Ran Hwang - Untethered 
Richard Nielsen & Tristan Duke - Metabolic Studio Optics Division
Liminal Camera: Drought
Zarouhie Abdalians, Rachel Sussman, Andy Graydon, Amalia Pica, and Walead Beshty - The Space Between
Chris Domenick - 50 Days
Tanja Hollander - Are You Really my Friend?
Elizabeth King - Radical Small
Steffani Jemison - Plant You Now, Dig You Later
James Turrell - Into the Light
Louise Bourgeois – At Mass Moca 
Laurie Anderson – At Mass Moca 
jenny holzer – Deeper Look 
Doug ashford, Aidas Bareikis, Sarah Braman, Tomashi Jackson,
Rosy keyser,Eric mack, Rose Marcus, Rodney McMillian,
Matt Saunders, Letha Wilson, Brenna Youngblood –
In the Abstract
Gunnar Schonbeck - No Experience Required (Also Instrument Restoration)
Sol Lewitt – Structures 
Joe Wardwell - Hello America: 40 Hits from the 50 States
Janice Kerbel – Slip 
Multiple Artists - The Half-Life of Love
Dawn Dedeaux & Lonnie Holley - Thumbs Up for the Mothership

2017 Assistant Lighting Designer, Seitel Lighting LLC.

2015 Foundry Assistant to Foundry Director Michael Bonadio for the Salem Art Works 2015 Intercollegiate Iron Pour.

2015 Assistant Wood shop Technician, UTK School of Architecture, responsibilities included supervising and training
students in the use of tools and equipment in the School of Architecture's Wood shop.

2015 Assistant to Erik Waterkotte for his SGC International Conference silk screening demo “3-ring Circuits: Creating
Interactive Sculptures with Paper Circuits.”

2015 University of Tennessee Arts Academy for High School Students, sculpture, assistant technician, Knoxville, TN

2015 Install Assistant for the show “Knoxville Collects Yee-Haw”, The Emporium, Knoxville, TN

2015 Student Assistant for the instillation by Crystal Wagner at the University of Tennessee’s Art & Architecture
building for the 2015 SGC International Conference, Knoxville, TN

2014 Assistant at the Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

2013 Assisted with the Instillation of Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s piece “Horizons” at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

2011-2013 Metal Shop Assistant Technician, UTK School of Art, Knoxville, TN

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contact

phone

1 - 615 - 681 - 7286

alternative email

nicholastamas@yahoo.com

Whether you want to ask some questions about my work, or commission me for a project, or maybe just want to say "hello" I will be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, and/or Facebook where I will continue to post new and in progress works.