Nashville's Art & Culture Scene
While we might be called Music City, it's not the only art you find around every block. Nashville has everything to offer the artistic mind. From the contemporary to the theatrical, if you have an art bug then Nashville is the place to be. Look below for a list of the performing arts centers, visual arts locations, and special art events in Nashville, to see where you would like to go for your next art show. Feel free to browse through Nashville's Art Scene to see all the amazing venues Music City holds.
If you are in Nashville during the month of October then you need to know about Artober. It's a month-long celebration of the arts in Music City and includes hundreds of events in visual and performing arts, music, craft, film and more. Check it out: visitmusiccity.com/artober.
The Belcourt Theatre is the leading exhibitor of independent, foreign and repertory film programming in Nashville. The theatre has been nationally recognized and is an original member of the Sundance Art House Project. In addition to showing films all year long, they also host a variety of theatrical performances. Whether on screen or performed, you will always find a compelling, and amazing story in this theatre. Below is their upcoming performing arts show.
Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
September 13-October 5
An Evening with Andy McKee
Nashville Children's Theatre
Nashville Children's Theatre provides a season of plays for kids and families. They have been ranked as one of the top five children's theaters in the United States by TIME magazine. Recent productions include Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Go, Dog. Go! Shows are for kids of all ages, as well as for adults.
OZ Arts Nashville
OZ is a destination for innovative contemporary art experiences. Housed in a newly-renovated former cigar warehouse, OZ’s modern, flexible performance and installation space enables leading artists from multiple disciplines to present brave new art in a non-traditional context. OZ adds to the cultural landscape of the region and the world by offering a diverse program of performing and visual arts events, and by inspiring curious audiences of all ages. Below is their upcoming show.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
This performance venue is among the best acoustically in the world. Musicians from across the country have come to play in this one of a kind venue. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is also home to the Nashville Symphony. The Symphony started in 1946 and for more than sixty years has provided the best in classical concertos. Below is a list of upcoming shows.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) hosts wonderful and magical shows throughout the entire year. From Broadway classics to special engagements TPAC provides the shows that entertain both families, and theater geeks. TPAC is home to three resident performing arts organizations: The Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. The Nashville Ballet is comprised of 22 professional dancers from different countries who come together to perform some of the most amazing shows found throughout the world. Fans of the opera will be delighted by the Nashville Opera’s classic renditions that can only be described as breath taking. For truly unique performances look to the Nashville Repertory Theatre who delivers Nashville traditions like “A Christmas Story” or “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Below is a schedule for upcoming performances.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
FORTE: Pub Club
Nashville Repertory Theatre
5th Avenue of the Arts
Located just off Broadway is 5th Avenue of the Arts. This is the location of several visual art galleries on one historic block including The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary. The Arts Company is known as a prime destination for fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in photography, painting, and sculpture, by artist emerging to the legendary. The Arts Company offers a distinctive Nashville experience in a welcoming environment of over 6,000 square feet in a historic building. The largest contemporary gallery in the heart of Nashville art district is none other than The Rymer Gallery. Their goal is to foster artwork that entices, engages, and lures artists, collectors, and enthusiasts to Nashville’s expanding art scene. Tinney Contemporary also focuses to present cutting-edge contemporary artwork from a large portfolio of internationally known artist. Each gallery participates in “First Saturday Art Crawl” which invites the community to see and experience Nashville’s growing art scene. Below is a list of current exhibits for each gallery.
The Arts Company
New Work by Jim Hubbman Watercolor & Graphite
The Rymer Gallery
The Architectural World by Jeff Green
August 2-September 30
The New Real 2: Figure-Focused
August 2-September 20
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum
Experience Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. The Museum of Art has collections of painting, sculpture and decorative arts that are on display year round. They also host new exhibits either on their property or inside the beautiful mansion. Below is their upcoming exhibit.
September 27-October 26
El Dia de Los Muertos
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The family-friendly Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in downtown Nashville, is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources. The Frist features the award-winning Martin ArtQuest Gallery with 30 interactive art-making stations; educational programs; free live music on Thursday and Friday evenings; a gift shop full of gorgeous hand-crafted merchandise; and a full-service cafe -- all surrounded by gorgeous architecture. It's a great place to explore, learn, and enjoy great art!
American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart
May 9-November 2
Hatch Show Print Haley Gallery
Owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum, Hatch Show Print has been in business since 1879 and is one of the nation’s oldest working letterpress poster shops. Hatch has created original art for circuses, Grand Ole Opry stars, concerts and sporting events, and continues to produce restrikes of classic Hatch posters in addition to creating new work enjoyed by music fans, graphic designers and art critics worldwide. The Haley Gallery showcases their historic restrikes of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as Master Printer Jim Sherraden's monoprints.
Large Wood Block Prints Exhibit
Types of Bugs: Bugs of Type
September 6-November 11
Haynes Galleries is a full-service fine art gallery, specializing in American Realism. Haynes Galleries presents a distinguished list of American masters of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the best contemporary and emerging artists of the 21st. The gallery also offers a complete menu of collection management services. Below is their upcoming exhibit.
The LeQuire Gallery features contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture with an emphasis on figurative work. Exhibits change quarterly with work form Alan LeQuire - the nationally recognized sculptor of Musica and Athena Parthenos - always on view.
The worlds only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, Nashville's Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city's art museum and Athena Parthenos. At almost 42 feet in height, Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.
A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection
July 11-October 26
Located inside Vanderbilt University's Student Center is the Sarratt Gallery. It features ten exhibits a year of contemporary art by regional and national artists. It is free an open to the public all year long. Below is their current exhibit.
Margie Manyik: Early Fall
September 2-October 11
The Upper Room Chapel and Museum
The Upper Room Chapel and Museum, home of the daily devotional guide, features Christian art portraying the Biblical upper room stories of The Last Supper and Pentecost. The chancel’ s life size woodcarving of The Last Supper, identical walnut altar table and side tapestries recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. A 9,000 piece stained glass window richly presents stories of Pentecost, Jesus, his followers and heroes of faith. Permanent museum exhibits include, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and furniture from the 12th through 21st century. Featured from March to May, hand designed Ukrainian Eggs, bronze sculptures and paintings reflect Lenten/Easter themes. From mid November through January are 100 international nativity scenes and paintings.
Music City is also a host to a variety of special art events throughout the year. These events are held in various places, and all offer something special to the visitors of Nashville. Places to learn, discover, and enjoy great art in an amazing creative community. Below you will see a list of upcoming events.
First Saturday Art Crawl
First Saturday Every Month
First Saturday Art Night
First Saturday Every Month