Dadu was founded in 2015 by Jodi Hays, Curator and Felix Gresham, Director. The space is rooted in its neighborhood in East Nashville (Lockeland Springs) and curatorial programming reflects a deep respect for and interest in the intersections of art and life. The name comes from the Nashville city code name for tiny homes on one’s property, Detached Accessory Dwelling Units. Dadu hosts two exhibitions annually in conjunction with the East Side Art Stumble with a commitment to seeing programming reflect the diversity, justice, intentionality and equality that first drew the artist to her family to the neighborhood in 2005.
Dadu's Inaugural exhibition was June 13, 2015. In addition to exhibition, programming includes "Pie Club" at which participants have coffee and cobbler made with the peaches from the back yard tree. We discuss a presented topic around contemporary art and invite special guests. Topics have included quilts, gardening, sketchbooks and always, painting.
Jodi Hays (b. 1976, Hot Springs, Arkansas) lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work is part of numerous private and public collections including the J. Crew Company (NY), Music City Center and the Tennessee State Museum. She is the recipient of the 2012 Artist Fellowship for the state of Tennessee. She received an MFA from Vermont College and a BFA from the University of Tennessee. Before moving to Nashville in 2005, she lived in Boston a number of years where she began curating and working in arts administration. She was a founding member of Coop Gallery (Nashville) and is represented by Red Arrow Gallery (TN) and Show and Tell Art and Design (SC).