From the Director


Growth and expansion in Nashville have not diminished the collaborative soul of the city. Its arts and cultural institutions work together to reach the public in various ways and at unexpected venues. Frist Art Museum exhibitions are shared with sister institutions in Nashville, across the nation, and in North America. For example, blankets created by our community partner organizations for Nick Cave: Feat. are on display in the international terminal at the Nashville airport, and We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968 is now at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School.

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century remains on view at Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum until April 28. After closing out 2018 at the Orlando Museum of Art, Nick Cave: Feat. opens at the Akron Art Museum in February. American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart and Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick are also traveling. If you missed any of these exhibitions or would like to see them again, please check the inside back cover of the current Frist Art Museum Quarterly or the traveling exhibitions page on this website for lists of where they’ll be. As we extend to other locations our vision of inspiring people through art, we are leveraging our investments in scholarship and participating in national and international exchanges that benefit us and reward audiences elsewhere.

We also engage with the community outside the walls of the Frist Art Museum through hands-on activities like Art Trunks (mobile educational kits), electronic resources (including family-friendly guides on our website, and virtual tours on the Frist App), Arts Breaks and other windows to art on Nashville Public Television, and more. We look forward to serving you and our growing community in our galleries and beyond.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO


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