Frist Friday: Murals + Mics

Live Performances by Daisha McBride, Rashad thaPoet, and Southern Word + Gallery Programs Celebrating Current Exhibitions. Food trucks, beverage specials, and exhibition-themed tastings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 16, 2019)—The Frist Art Museum presents Frist Friday: Murals + Mics on Friday, November 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Inspired by the exhibitions Murals of North Nashville Now and OSGEMEOS: In between, the evening will offer visitors opportunities to experience art in new and unexpected ways with live performances, interactive gallery activities, and food and beverage specials.


Live Performances

Rashad thaPoet
Auditorium, 6:15–7:00 p.m.

Rashad Rayford, a.k.a. Rashad thaPoet, is an activist, actor, and award-winning spoken-word artist who captivated audiences during Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville and our June 2018 “Happening.” He will kick off the evening with his energetic and soulful blend of spoken word and hip hop.

Daisha McBride
Auditorium, 7:30–8:45 p.m.

Daisha McBride began rapping when she was ten years old, living in Knoxville. In the years since, she’s honed her songwriting skills, grown a fan base by posting freestyle videos on social media, and earned a music business degree at Middle Tennessee State University. Now a Nashvillian, McBride has released two EPs, and in 2018 she was named “Best Rapper / Hip-Hop Act” and “Hip Hop Newcomer of the Year” in the Nashville Scene. Citing Missy Elliot and Nicki Minaj as influences, McBride continues to push herself into new territory. On her debut full-length, WILD (2019), which features Evan Dupri, Mike Floss, and other guest artists, she addresses struggles from the personal to societal. 

Southern Word
Galleries, throughout the evening

Founded on a passion for serving youth, Southern Word has been a positive influence on the Nashville community and beyond since 2008. It equips participants with the tools to become thoughtful creators through the outlets of writing, music, and performance. Diligently responding to educational and youth development challenges, the organization has reached more than 7,500 youth, 67 schools, and 12 Tennessee counties. Hear Southern Word youth poets in the galleries as they perform original spoken-word pieces. A Southern Word DJ will spin tracks between sets.


Programs and More

One Drop Ink Temporary Tattoo Station with Elisheba Israel Mrozik
Grand Lobby, while supplies last
Internationally recognized tattoo artist Elisheba Israel Mrozik has been working in graphic design, anime, and fine art since 2006. She began tattooing in 2010 and, a year later, she opened One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery in North Nashville. She was named Nashville Tattoo Artist of the Year by Indieville TV in 2015, and appeared in the international TV show Inkmaster. Her mural Unmask ’Em is featured in the exhibition Murals of North Nashville Now. Mrozik will host a temporary tattoo station, featuring unique designs inspired by the exhibition.

Collaborative Mural-Making with Norf Art Collective
Rechter Room, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Norf Art Collective specializes in socially engaging public art that speaks to issues affecting members of the North Nashville community while celebrating its unique culture and history. Their projects are considered collaborations with the community, and their mission has led to partnerships with Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP), United Healthcare, Urban Housing Solutions, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the McGruder Center, Slim and Husky’s, Tennessee State University, and more. Norf has two murals featured in the exhibition Murals of North Nashville Now. Join the artists to participate in a collaborative mural-making activity. 

Mini-Tours of Hearts of Our People: Native Women ArtistsMurals of North Nashville Now and OSGEMEOS: In between
Throughout the evening, Frist docents will lead brief tours through current exhibitions.


Food and Beverage

In the lobby:

Barista Parlor will offer complimentary tastings of one of their Brazil-sourced coffees from the Cerrado region.

Slim & Husky’s will offer a complimentary cinnamon roll tasting bar.

Southern Grist Brewing will offer complimentary tastings of an exhibition-inspired beer.

In the courtyard:

Food trucks: Slim & Husky’s PizzaRoscoe’s Smoked Bar-B-Que, and the Peach Cobbler Factory will serve food and beverages, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Admission to this Frist Friday is free for Frist Art Museum members and visitors 18 years and younger. General adult admission is $20 for not-yet-members and $15 for college students.

Advance general adult admission tickets for not-yet-members are now on sale at
Discounted tickets for seniors and military will be available only at the door.


Exhibitions on View during Frist Friday: Murals + Mics

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
September 27, 2019–January 12, 2020
Ingram Gallery

This is the first major museum exhibition exclusively devoted to Native women artists from all over the United States and Canada, ranging across time and media. Developed in close cooperation with leading Native artists and historians, the exhibition offers multiple perspectives to enhance understanding of Native art practices. The approximately 115 objects, including textiles, baskets, jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and digital art, are organized into sections that reflect why Native women create art. Hearts of Our People not only helps visitors understand the traditional role of Native women artists in serving the cultural, economic, diplomatic, and domestic needs of their communities, but also goes beyond the longstanding convention of treating these artworks as unattributed representations of entire cultures. The contemporary works on view, in particular, highlight the intentionality of the individual artist and demonstrate how the artist has been influenced by the preceding generations.

Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Murals of North Nashville Now
August 10, 2019–January 5, 2020
Conte Community Arts Gallery

In recent years, as the Nashville area rapidly grows and changes, a vibrant street art community has flourished. New murals can now be seen across the city, including on a silo in The Nations, walls in North Nashville, and buildings along Nolensville Road, the Gulch, 12 South, and many other neighborhoods. The exhibition celebrates this emergence and features site-specific murals created by several local artists, as well as a collaborative community mural that the public has been invited to participate in making. The project explores what role the arts play in urban redevelopment and in the expression of neighborhood and individual identities, further testifying that art can be found all around us, not just inside museums and galleries.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

OSGEMEOS: In between
September 27–January 12, 2020
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

The Brazilian artist duo OSGEMEOS—identical twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo—is internationally celebrated for their vibrant and playful street art, public murals, and studio work. Through painting and sculpture, OSGEMEOS (the artists’ nom de plume; Portuguese for “the twins”) creates immersive spaces that blend wide-ranging influences, from folkloric and contemporary elements of Brazilian culture to graffiti, hip-hop, and international youth culture. Born in 1974 in São Paulo, OSGEMEOS progressed from clandestine street art to commissioned outdoor murals and art gallery exhibitions. Using a shared visual language, the twins often populate their works with a cast of long-limbed yellow figures with bold outlines, enlarged faces, and simplified features, telling stories of fantasy, family, social change, and how tradition and progress coexist in Brazil.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
October 18, 2019–February 23, 2020
Upper-Level Galleries

Eric Carle (b. 1929) is one of the most acclaimed and beloved illustrators of our time. The creator of more than seventy books, Carle combines enchanting stories and exuberant collages that appeal to young readers and adults alike. Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” explores the artist’s personal history and interests, varied subjects, materials, and artistic techniques. The exhibition presents more than one hundred original artworks, spanning five decades of Carle’s picture-book career. On view are illustrations ranging from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, his 1967 collaboration with Bill Martin Jr., to The Nonsense Show, his playful ode to Surrealism, published in 2015. Between these milestones, twenty-two familiar titles are represented, with a special section devoted to the golden anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.


Sponsor Acknowledgment

Supported in part by CAT Financial.

Tasting Sponsors: Barista ParlorSlim & Husky’sSouthern Grist Brewing

Media Sponsors: Lightning 100 and the Nashville Scene

The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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About the Frist Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Art Museum’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students with ID, and $8 for active-duty and retired military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounts with advance reservations by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit