While we might be called Music City, it's not the only art you find around every block. Nashville's Arts has everything to offer the artistic mind. From contemporary art to theatrical art, 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. Take a look at a map of Downtown's Arts & Culture. Feel free to browse through Nashville's Art Scene to see all the amazing venues Music City holds.
Discover why Nashville was ranked the #4 Most Vibrant Arts Community in the SMU National Center for Arts Research Arts Vibrancy Index.
Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust, is the central focus of a series of events throughout Nashville, February-October. You can see a schedule of events at: violinsofhopenashville.com.
Explore Arts Nashville
There's a new mobile site which helps you eƒxplore Nashville's Art Scene like never before. Just follow explorenashvilleart.com and check out the arts in Music City with detailed information including images, brief descriptions, maps, links, and more!
The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s nonprofit cinema, is dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic films, 365 days a year. Opened in 1925 in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood, the Belcourt now has two halls and includes both 35mm and 4K digital cinema projection. The theatre’s concessions feature locally-produced snacks and treats, a full bar, and classic movie candy. The Belcourt also shares films around the community to teach visual literacy to children and young people. A nationally recognized art house, the Belcourt is among a select group chosen as a venue for the Sundance Film Festival USA Program. Current films and showtimes can always be found on the Belcourt’s website.
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 James and the Giant Peach, The Outsiders, The Cat and the Hat and Charlotte's Web! Shows are for kids of all ages, as well as for adults.
September 13-October 7
OZ Arts Nashville
OZ Arts Nashville 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.
Phantom Limb Company: Falling Out
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.
Whiskey in a Teacup
Pirates! The Quest for Blackbeard's Treasure
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.
Nashville Repertory Theatre
October 4 & 6
An Evening with Sally Field
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 the First Saturday Art Crawl giving the community a chance to experience the growing art scene in Music City.
The Arts Company
New Sculpture from Bill Starke
New Works by Pam Barrett Hackett
August 25-September 29
21C Museum Hotel
The dream of staying in a museum has finally come true thanks to the 21c Museum Hotel. This unique concept offers the same experience of a luxury hotel and museum under the same roof. The exhibits change regularly, but the comfort is always the same.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Experience Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 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 22-October 21
David Lusk Gallery
The David Lusk Gallery, located in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, is a gallery that showcases artists from around the country who feature a whole spectrum of artistic practices from paintings and sculptures to photography and video. They host regular exhibitions plus panel discussion, and other public events throughout the year.
Brandon Donahue: No Look Past
Fisk University Galleries
The Fisk University Galleries, located in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, consists of The Carl Van Vechten Gallery and The Aaron Douglas Gallery. The galleries maintain a permanent collection with over 4,000 objects that span three centuries of art history. The Aaron Douglas Gallery features classical and contemporary African art, modern and contemporary African-American art, other American and European and folk art. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery houses the Stieglitz Collection including works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, O'Keeffe, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others. Both galleries also host traveling exhibitions and temporary installations.
Fort Houston is a creative facility for members of the community. Guests are welcome to take part in their workshops to better harness their skills in design, dance, painting, drawing, and all areas in between. They also host numerous events throughout the year.
Frist Art Museum
The family-friendly Frist Art Museum, 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!
We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968
March 30-October 14
Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture
July 20-October 28
Do Ho Suh: Specimens
October 12, 2018-January 6, 2019
Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
October 12, 2018-January 6, 2019
Staying in a Nashville hotel? Show your room keycard at the Frist Art Museum and receive FREE admission (May not apply to all exhibitions). Click here for more details.
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
Jim Sherraden: Then and Now
August 4-September 30
Haynes Galleries is a private 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. Haynes Galleries is located in Franklin, Tennessee. Visits are by appointment only.
LeQuire Gallery & Studio
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.
Mary Hong Gallery
The Mary Hong Gallery boasts 2500 square feet of glass walled contemporary art. The gallery also offers weekly art classes.
"O" Gallery, in Marathon Village, is a full-service art gallery, presenting mostly the multifaceted works of Russian artist Olga Alexeeva. Check the gallery for a variety of art applications- from prints and postcards from Olga's original works to tiles and cutting boards. Abstract paintings are offered on loose canvas of any size for easy shipment.
The world's 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.
The James Cowan Collection
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.
Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with more than 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and a 10,000 square foot changing exhibition hall. Within the space is paintings and art to admire of Tennessee's past. This includes the multiple art exhibits that change throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.
Closed until the new museum opens in October.
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.
Zeitgeist Gallery located in south Nashville spotlights both local and regional artists. It is a contemporary art gallery that engages viewers to explore a wealth of art through their changing exhibits. Each exhibit provides a rich experience to those who are moved by art, artists, and the creative process.
Vesna Pavlović's MixTape
September 8-October 27
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
Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston
First Saturday Every Month
East Side Art Stumble
Second Saturday Every Month
Germantown Art Crawl
Third Saturday Every Month
Jefferson Street Art Crawl
Fourth Saturday Every Month
Nashville Night Market
Bridge Below Space
First Friday Every Month
Tennessee Craft Week
Tennessee Craft Fair