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Arts & Museums
Bicentennial Mall was constructed to offer the city of Nashville a central location for multicultural events. It is only fitting, therefore, that this small gallery near the park displays the city's best African art. Photographer and gallery owner Carlton Wilkinson has spent the better part of his life putting together this collection of paintings, sculpture and photographs. He expresses his passion by providing space to local and regional artists. Exhibits change regularly, so call for the current artist and theme.
Cloud 12 is tucked away inside the Wonders on Woodland store in the Five Points district in Nashville's historic East End. Located on the second floor of a converted Victorian home, Cloud 12 offers guests a beautiful selection of high-quality original paintings by locals and antique furniture. While the prices at Cloud 12 are significantly higher than what you'll see at the other two shops in Wonders on Woodland, the quality is well worth the price. Cloud 12 is a must-see stop for art collectors visiting the Nashville area. -Lynn-nore Chittom
From the pre-historic villages of Native Americans through early 1900s, Tennessee State Museum traces the rich and diverse history of the land that came to be called Tennessee. The powder horn of Davy Crocket, the Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Alvin York, the hat of President Andrew Jackson and artifacts representing the daily life of ordinary folks are on display. Military history buffs will be especially interested in the military section, which chronicles Tennessee's involvement from the Spanish American War to World War II.
The realization of a dream is what the O Gallery Art means for artist Olga Alexeeva. Born and raised in Russia, this artist's experience and journey tells the story of many immigrants who have contributed so much to the cultural and artistic heritage of the country as a whole. Located in downtown, in the famous Nashville Arcade, this art gallery is where the ethereal world of colors, creativity, and divine inspiration materializes on canvas. As a contribution to the city's vibrant art scene, O Gallery Art presents the works of upcoming as well as established artists, and also organizes workshops for experienced painters as well as amateurs. Visit the website to find out more.
Before 1779, the area known as Nashville was an uncharted wilderness. On Christmas Eve of that year these first settlers traveled by boat down the Cumberland River and settled on this spot. The settlement became known as Fort Nashborough, from which Nashville later took its name. This replica of the original settlement is authentic in many details and reflects the lifestyle of the frontier pioneers of the late 1700's. Visitors can take a 20-minute self-guided tour.
While many galleries in the Nashville area provide a venue for local artisans, this is the only space where you will find the works of Norris Hall. Well recognized throughout middle Tennessee and the southeastern United States, Hall has been commissioned by many state organizations to design logos, caricatures and oil renditions of historic places. Other items of note are the sculptures and folk art. Many local artisans schedule showings and lectures in this small gallery.
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.
Having the largest and most comprehensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the late legend, the Johnny Cash Museum is true gem of the downtown Nashville area. The legendary country super star and entertainers life can be seen through the many photos, hand written song lyrics, costumes, awards and musical instruments lovingly displayed throughout the buildings raw brick and motor space. Catch his booming voice as he croons out "Folsom Prison Blues" in one of the many interactive displays. Whether you're a country music fan or not, a visit to this museum will leave you with a newfound respect for one of the music industry's greatest legends.
Discover the stories behind the music as you view over 3,000 stage costumes, original song manuscripts and musical instruments at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Many of the personal items of music legends are on display including Elvis' solid gold Cadillac. Tour packages include a visit to the historical RCA Studio B and the Music Row walking tour. Allow at least two hours for exhibits and the tour.
The oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades, Hatch Show Print was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows and sporting events. Today, it is located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is best known for creating images of Grand Ole Opry stars, thousands of which line the shop's walls. Modern-day artists employ the same techniques that have been used since the 15th century, including printing works on site.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a wonderful place for art lovers. The center educates visitors on art and hopes it will bring about an interest in the community on the subject. The architecture is beautiful and the interiors and decor lend the space a very upscale elite ambiance and it frequently hosts art exhibitions. At the Frist Center, there is also a fabulous gift shop, where one can purchase memorabilia and other items and an excellent cafe where one can savor some delightful dishes and sip on coffee. Admission is free for students who are 18 and below.