"Capturing an inner essence, Casey carefully draws the roadmaps on her face and the glint in her eyes to document what’s in her soul. She bases her work on personal conflicts, their resolutions and the spaces in-between. Casey’s photorealistic portraits don’t employ the enormity of Chuck Close but point more towards Elizabeth Peyton’s work in size and sexual ambiguity. Casey Promise’s paintings are most often executed in pencil, and also combine the use of mixed media and multi-dimensional shadowboxes."

-Katie Shaw, The Red Arrow Gallery

"There is roughness and imprecision here, but it’s clearly on purpose. The work feels impulsive in a good way, and one gets the sense that the street-art sensibility of some of these pieces wouldn’t have the same pop in a more pristine presentation. On the other hand, Promise can draw. Her lines bring these characters to life, and the most technically accomplished pieces in the show are her 2D pencil-on-paper affairs. One is a portrait of a person with a squirrel on their head. You need to see it in person."

-Joe Nolan, Nashville Art Critic

"Casey Promise Thompson, known as Casey Promise, is one of Nashville’s fastest rising stars in the visual arts, and in my opinion, she is on her way to becoming a well-known name in the national art circuit. This summer, she was featured in several local publications (including the Nashville Arts Magazine), her solo exhibit at Red Arrow Art Gallery received rave reviews, and she is currently working on new material daily. Casey’s art is hypnotizing and speaks to the heart without words. Her visual captivations are stunning and refreshing, which is why I think She’s Hot."

-Jane Dupree, Out and About Magazine

Casey Promise is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Nashville, TN. She attended Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and studied independently in Santa Fe, NM.  She continues to explore the possibilities of visually telling stories through organic design, dimension, varying materials, and abstraction. 


Casey Promise Thompson
Nashville, TN



2011  Watkins College of Art, Design & Film- Studio Art
1996  Governor's School For The Arts

Professional Experience

(All Custom Framing jobs consist of sales and customer service, not just the actual building of the frames, etc)

Custom Art Framer:

2004–2008   Full-time Supervisor, Michaels, Nashville, TN

2008-2009   Full-time Assistant Manager, BA Framer, Nashville, TN

2011-2012  Full-time Art Framer, Fine Art Framers, Nashville, TN

2013-2013  Full-time Art Framer, The Mad Framer, Santa Fe, NM

2013-Present  Store Manager/Art Framer


2016 4th Annual ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner

2015  Out & About Magazine - Voted Favorite Nashville Artist of the Year 2015 

2015  1st Annual Artslant Prize Showcase Winner

2015  6th Annual Artslant Prize Showcase Winner

2013    Provost Scholarship, RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design), Denver, CO

2013  Academic Scholarship, RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design), Denver, CO

2011    Dean's List/Scholarship, Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film, Nashville, TN

2010  Raw Talent Scholarship, Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film, Nashville, TN

1996    Governor's School For the Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Exhibition Record

2016 Group Exhibition, Plumbago, The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

2015 Group Exhibition, OZ Arts Center, Red Arrow Gallery Guest Curates Oz, Nashville, TN

2014 Solo Exhibition, The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN 2014

2011  Solo Exhibition, Bongo East, Nashville, TN
2000  Solo Exhibition, Red Rose, Murfreesboro, TN

2013  Group Exhibition, Boheme Colectif, Nashville, TN
2013  Group Exhibition, The East Room, Benefit, Nashville, TN
2012  Group Exhibition, Hahn Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2012  Group Exhibition, F&F Benefit, Santa Fe, Nashville, TN

2011 Group Exhibition, Cummins Station, Nash
2010  Group Exhibition, The End, Nashville, TN

Online Periodicals

• Nashville Arts Magazine, May 2016,   https://issuu.com/nashvilleartsmagazine/docs/  may_2016_final

•   Out & About Nashville, 2015 Nashville               Favorites, Out & About Magazine, Dec 2015     https://issuu.com/oanews/docs/o_an_decem   ber2015-fnlweb


James Dimmick (Private Collection), Nashville, TN
Carrie Lampley (Private Collection), Nashville, TN

The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

Technical Abilities

2004–Present   Custom Art Framing Technician, Nashville, TN/Santa Fe, NM
(extensive operational and safety knowledge of a variety of woodworking power tools,
such as: table, jig and band saws; planers; drills; routers, and sanders. Knowledge and experience with dry mounting machines, sew/float mounting, archival and preservation standards, conservation methods, and design)


  New York City, NY
  Santa Fe, NM (lived and worked in)
  Taos, NM
  Chicago, IL
  Denver, CO
  Boulder, CO
  Austin, TX
  Madison, WI
  Milwaukee, WI
  Cedar Rapids, IA
  Miami, FL
  Cinncinati, OH
  Philadelphia, PA
  Louisville, KY
  St. Louis, MO
  Atlanta, GA
  Newark, NJ

Gallery Affiliations

The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

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