OZ Art Fest

MAPs @ OZ Poddy Award Winners!


It’s time for the second edition of the Poddy Awards, the contest where we ask pod artists to vote on their favorite pods. About half of the OZ Art Fest pod builders responded to our call.  Results are below.

Winners of “Best Overall Pod” and categories other than best-in-each-level will receive a 3D printed award. Best-in-each-level winners will receive a certificate.

To see photos of the winning pods, have a look at the Artist Guide and the galleries.

And the winners are…

Best Level

Winner: Unseen Worlds
Runner-Up: R&D

Best Pod in “The Sound of Colors”

Winner: (tie) Big Guise (Alexine Rioux, Mika Agari, and Kayla Saito), Erica Ciccarone
Runner-up: (tie) Kit Reuther, Paul Cain

Best Pod in “Explorers”

Winner: Phillip Granke
Runner-up: (tie) Lain York, Brian Somerville

Best Pod in “Spies”

Winner: Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
Runner-up: Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Best Pod in “Echoes”

Winner: Travis Janssen and Alex Lopez
Runner-up: Mary Mooney

Best Pod in “Light Into Darkness”

Winner: Brown Dog Bindery (Jennifer Knowles)
Runner-up: Zach Duensing

Best Pod in “Trials”

Winner: Abbey Skojec
Runner-up: (tie) Matthew Batty, Patricia Earnhardt and Elizabeth Sanford

Best Pod in “Play”

Winner: Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones
Runner-up: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Best Pod in “Endless Forms”

Winner: Alexis Colbert
Runner-up: Sara Lederach

Best Pod in “Unseen Worlds”

Winner: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL
Runner-up: (tie) Ashley Adkins and Leah Sawyer, Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery

Best Pod in “R&D”

Winner: Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society
Runner-up: Molly Lahym and Dylan Ethier

Most Original

Winner: Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening
Runner-up: (tie)  Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery, Phillip Granke

Best Inside/Outside Interactivity

Winner: Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones
Runner-up: M Kelley and Stephen Zerne

Best Exterior

Winner: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville
Runner-up: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

Best Soundtrack

Winner: (tie) Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening, Molly Lahym and Dylan Ethier
Runner-up: (tie) Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL, Gordon Roque

Best Tech

Winner: Molly Lahym and Dylan Ethier
Runner-up: (tie) Jenn Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville, Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society

Best Story

Winner: Abbey Skojec
Runner-up: (tie) Jason Brown and the Postal Provocateurs, Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Best Concept

Winner: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL
Runner-up: (5-way tie) Abbey Skojec, Paul Cain, M Kelley and Stephen Zerne, Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery,  Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Most Professional Build

Winner: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville
Runner-up: Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery

Best in Show

Winner: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL
Second place: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville
Third place: Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

Great Things Happening at OZ Art Fest

Modular Art Pods is thrilled to be a part of OZ Art Fest, the inaugural, weeklong, multi-disciplinary arts festival that will become a biennial event. In addition to MAPs (which you can learn about here), there are a number of installations and events. For example:

Vicariously Speaking by Addam Yekutieli (aka KNOW HOPE)


Description from the OZ Arts project page:

Commissioned by OZ Arts for OZ Art Fest, this project incorporates Yekutieli’s correspondences with inmates in Nashville prisons into text-based works extracted from letters, placed on eight billboards throughout the city. By taking these phrases out of their original context and placing them in a new one, a newborn presence for the inmates takes place in public space and a dialogue within an interactive environment is created between two separate realities.


The billboard works have been photographed by Yekutieli in the context of their new urban surroundings. These images will be paired in a diptych with the letter from which the featured text originated, and exhibited in the entrance hallway gallery at OZ Arts throughout the festival and the month following. 

Vicariously Speaking will be exhibited June 21st – August 31st.

Inside Out by French street artist JR


You might know JR from his recent disappearing act. He hid the Louvre Pyramid in plain site by covering it with images of the background museum. Now the iconic street artists bring his global portrait project to Nashville.

Description from the OZ Arts project page:

In a truck traveling photo booth, people get the opportunity to share their portraits and, by extension, their stories. To date, more than 130 countries worldwide have participated, with a unique theme in each setting, transforming messages of personal identity into works of public art. The OZ Art Fest iteration of Inside Out, on the theme of “inclusion,” will visit three Nashville neighborhoods, on June 21, 22 and 23. The community will be invited to have their photographic portraits taken and instantly printed as giant posters. These posters will be combined to create a mural collage in that community, and participants can be emailed a file of their portrait. On June 24 and 25, the truck will park at OZ Arts, where new portraits will be taken, printed and combined with those reprinted from around the city in a massive mural mounted onto the roof and exterior of the building—a lasting portrait of Nashville.

Tuesday | 10am – 4pm | Casa Azafrán (2195 Nolensville Pike) | Free Admission
Wednesday | 10am-4pm | Location TBD | Free Admission
Thursday | 10am-4pm | Meharry Medical College (DR. D. B. Todd Blvd.) | Free Admission
Friday – Saturday | 11am – 9pm | $20 for Adults/ Under 12 Free
-$20 ticket covers both Friday & Saturday admission-


OZ Art Fest will also feature live performances by Paul Birch and the WPA Ballclub and The Great Aspirations of Sun Conductor. Check the schedule below and get tickets for the paid events at the OZ Art Fest site.

OZ is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir, Nashville, TN 37209.

June 21 – 25, 2016

Special Performances: Friday–Saturday | June 24–25, 2016 | 5 PM–Late

*Bring Blankets & Chairs for the Lawn!

Featured Food Trucks: Califarmia (Fri 5-9pm), Trailer Perk (Fri 5-9pm)New Hickory (Sat 12-3pm) and Four & Twenty Blackbirds (Sat 4-7pm)

Tuesday, June 21 – Free Admission

10:00 – 4:00 p.m.  |  Inside Out Project at Casa Azafrán (2195 Nolensville Pike)

11:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  MAPs and Vicariously Speaking

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  |  Artist Talk: Addam Yekutieli (aka Know Hope)

2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  MAPs Performances

Wednesday, June 22  – Free Admission

10:00 – 4:00 p.m.  |  Inside Out – Location TBD

11:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  MAPs and Vicariously Speaking

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  |  Artist Talk: Tony Youngblood + select artists

2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  MAPs Performances

Thursday, June 23

10:00 – 4:00 p.m.  |  Inside Out Project at Meharry Medical College (DR. D. B. Todd Blvd.)

11:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  MAPs and Vicariously Speaking

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  |  Artist Talk: Paul Burch, Brooke Waggoner & Eric Hillman

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  |  MAPs CLOSED

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  TNT feat. Tony Youngblood’s MAPs | $15

Friday, June 24 – $20 for Adults/ Under 12 Free
-$20 ticket covers both Friday & Saturday admission-

11:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  MAPs and Vicariously Speaking

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  |  Artist Talk: Daren Strange & Lauren Walker

2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  MAPs Performances

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  PERFORMANCE (Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub)

Saturday, June 25 – $20 for Adults/ Under 12 Free
-$20 ticket covers both Friday & Saturday admission-

11:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  MAPs, Vicariously Speaking, and Inside Out Project

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  |  Artist Talk: Inside Out Project Artists

2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  MAPs Performances

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  PERFORMANCE (The Great Aspirations of Sun Conductor)