412 White Bridge Place
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: (615) 356-0888
Fax: (615) 324-2138
412 White Bridge Place, Nashville, TN, US, 37209
- Phone: (615) 356-0888
- Fax: (615) 324-2138
Arts & Museums
It is fitting that the "Athens of the South" is home to the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Parthenon. Forty-six Doric columns encircle the building. The largest bronze doors in the world, weighing 7.5 tons each, stand at the East and West entrances. Featured is Athena Parthenos, the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Sculptures and friezes are modeled from Elgin Marbles at the British Museum in London. There are also four art galleries. While the prices are reasonable, you can avail discounts for groups of ten or more with a reservation.
Whether female or male, when you visit the Vanderbilt University campus, take some time to visit Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. It offers a diverse collection of art and writings. The library holds volumes of books that chronicle the women's movement in America, and the art gallery displays paintings and sculptures that were inspired by advocates of gender equality. Throughout the year, special exhibits are held in the gallery to display the work of local female artists.
Be intrigued by some of the best contemporary art in Nashville at this university center that features works by student, regional, and national artists in ten exhibits a year. The art is some of the least commercial one can find in Nashville. It is often eye-catching and related to various topics and themes. The display area is small but open and lends itself to eye-catching presentations that entice those passing by to stop and look. Admission: Free.
This exquisite collection of African American art is housed on the third floor of the library at Fisk University, which is one of America's oldest universities founded for African Americans. The collection includes paintings, watercolors, sculptures and prints by such artists as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Malvin Gray Johnson, Aaron Douglas and James Lesesne Wells. Elsewhere in the library, visitors may view abstract paintings and copper repousse sculpture by Gregory Ridley, pastel portraits by Winold Reiss (1881-1953) and drawings by Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1975). Baldridge was an illustrator who traveled along the east and west coasts of Africa and parts of Ethiopia. His art served as a visual diary of his trip. Telephone in advance if you need disabled access.
This beautiful Victorian home turned art gallery is named after Carl Van Vechten, New York photographer and art patron. The Stiegletz Collection includes pieces by American artists John Marin, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and other modernists. Visitors will enjoy Van Vechten photographs, including the Harlem Renaissance, plus special collections from Fisk University. The first floor of the gallery hosts temporary exhibits, which change frequently. If you are an avid art lover, this gallery is a must visit.
Shelton Gallery displays and sells folk art, work by local artists and knick-knacks. Curators constantly seek out new and exciting exhibits for the Nashville art crowd. Some pieces can be pricey, like an original watercolor by Nashville's Red Grooms going for $30,000. The gallery does not specialize in sculpture, but the pieces it does show are clever and unusual. Take your time. There's a lot to see, and you'll want to see it all.
This obscure midtown gallery presents small sculptures, original paintings and photographs, exclusively by local artists. There are no formal showings or openings. The work moves in and out of the gallery so quickly that such events would be difficult to schedule. The displays are a bit disconnected, and there is little formal organization here. Paintings and photographs hang side by side in a haphazard manner. Sculptures and small crafted items share glass cases. The studio's eclectic layout, with a series of rooms connected by doors, perfectly accents the varied works. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon and spend a few dollars on an original piece to liven up your decor.
Located in the Belle Meade area of Nashville, Gallery One is a boon to both the established and the upcoming artistes of the city. It promotes young talent by way of exhibitions held frequently on its premises, with a space of 3,200 ft. Various guest artistes are also invited throughout the year to hold special exhibitions. Visit the gallery and take a look at some of the most beautiful paintings and sculptures in the city.
Amidst the recording studios and corporate offices on Music Row stands a simple Catholic chapel turned museum. Communion service is offered on Monday, but primarily it serves the non-secular spiritual needs of the community. Inside you'll find manuscripts and letters from religious leaders throughout history, as well as bibles over four centuries old, antiques of all descriptions and a replica of DaVinci's "Last Supper" that stands 17 feet tall. The latter is the only carved wooden structure of its kind in America.
Nashville has been called the “Athens of the South” because of its rich heritage of cultural and artistic diversity. Hartzler-Towner Multicultural Museum celebrates that diversity. Learn about cultures throughout the world by viewing intriguing exhibits, which display artifacts and art. You will see sculpture from Asian nations, Mexican pottery, African clothing and basketry, Chinese textiles, Native Admission is free.
This small storefront art gallery is located in the Westgate Shopping Center of Belle Meade. Don't let its size fool you; Auld Alliance Gallery boasts one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the Southeast. In fact, art buffs will find the Post-impressionist selection quite remarkable. The gallery hosts two major shows per year, and is known for introducing some very imaginative and bold pieces to the Nashville area. Works are for sale and custom framing is available.
Twenty years ago, Carol Stein decided to give a few local artists a chance to showcase their talents. She financed a small exhibit of paintings, and the community responded enthusiastically. Today, her exhibits feature both emerging and nationally recognized artists and draw thousands of people to Cumberland Gallery. The exhibits change every month and range from paintings, sculpture, photography and other forms of fine and contemporary art. Contact the gallery by phone or e-mail for upcoming exhibits.