artist statement

Aaron Grayum received his BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999. Inspired by drawings he made as a kid, his work features memorable imagery such as birds, umbrellas, and jellybean trees – mixed with handwriting, mark-making, and abstract backgrounds – to create a dialogue familiar to both children and adults. His work has been published in The New England Review, Bartleby Snopes, Artists & Art Galleries of the South, Voyage Atlanta, and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as featured on the hit television show Nashville. Aaron was a 2018 participant in Nashville Arts and Business Council’s Periscope Artist Entrepreneur Training cohort, and won first place in the Periscope Pitch competition at Oz Nashville. He lives and works with his wife and son in Fairview, Tennessee.  


Periscope “Pitch Perfect” Award + Grant 2018 
TEDx Nashville VIP Artist 2018
JDRF Visionary Award 2015 


Jaimie and Jon Robinson (Tennessee Titans)
Michelle Branch & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
Michael Barnes (Red Music)
Kate Celauro and Mark Schultz (Mark Schultz Music)
Metro Family Safety Center (Nashville)
Children’s Advocacy Center (Chattanooga)
Tennessee Kidney Foundation (Nashville)
Country Music Television (Nashville)
Trinity College (London)
Ensworth School (Nashville)