From the Director


A lot has changed in Nashville since 2001, the year that the Frist opened, and we have exciting news about changes here as well. You may have already noticed that the Martin ArtQuest Gallery is temporarily closed for renovations. It will reopen on May 24 with a new look, new stations, more space, and all the old favorites, with our educators ready to welcome you. In the meantime, hands-on activities are being offered in the studios on the Upper Level.

As of April 8, the anniversary of our grand opening, our official name is the Frist Art Museum. Our mission and vision remain the same. Over the years, our constituents and colleagues have been calling us “the art museum” as the most efficient and direct way to describe what goes on here and why they come to our exhibitions and programs. We are catching up with how our brand evolved. It’s a new look, and we hope you’ll like it.

When you purchase or renew your membership this year, you’ll have the option of receiving a digital ID card. You can store it in your smartphone wallet, so it will be at your fingertips when you travel. This service is especially convenient for those of you who are members at the Friend level ($125) and above, since you qualify for reciprocal benefits at other museums all across North America.

Last summer, we learned that our visitors appreciated the added value of the art-related programs we offered inside during our popular Frist Friday concerts. We are expanding this concept by linking concerts more closely to exhibitions. We’ll be holding Frist Fridays throughout the year instead of just during the summer, starting with live musical performances and artist-led experiences on July 27, inspired by Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century and The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi. The next Frist Friday will be in the fall, when we host Paris 1900: City of Entertainment. Our celebration of this world capital will be a night to remember. Frist Art Museum members will receive hot-off-the-press details about the three 2019 Frist Fridays both through this quarterly and eNews.

Thank you for your loyal support during the past seventeen years. We are excited about hitting the refresh button at the Frist and seeing you here often in the future.


Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO


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