Teacher Spotlight: James McKissic

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors - and businesses - we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

Meet James McKissic from the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs, who will be teaching us how to collect art on a budget. This class is sponsored by Carl Greene, LWWM Financial Advisor.

James McKissic is a local artist, arts advocate, and passionate collector of African American art. He serves as the Director of the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs. James studied art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Cleveland State Community College, and the Creative Arts Workshop of New Haven Connecticut. His work is in many private collections and he exhibits his paintings widely. Most recently he was part of an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn, NY and, last year, one of his paintings was exhibited and sold at Swann Auction House as part of the personal Art Collection of Maya Angelou.

How did you get started in your profession?

I can't remember when I started collecting art. I just began buying the things I Liked and it morphed into a legit art collection.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

I love the natural beauty and the arts and cultural offerings of our city.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

Quilting

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

 I am struggling to learn to play the banjo. I know four songs!