From the Director


More than 60 percent of adult museum visitors first attended a museum as a child. They came with a school group or with family members, learning at an early age that museums are for everyone. This is important because museums make you smarter. A primary role of museums is to engage and educate the community. The Frist Art Museum offers curriculum support for educators and students, docent-guided tours, and activities in Martin ArtQuest that inform, inspire, and build connections to other cultures and diverse individuals.

As Nashville grows and changes, we hear a great deal about the need for an educated workforce. Whether youth are in public or private schools or homeschooled, they can benefit from exposure to visual culture from around the world and across time. Each year, we at the Frist Art Museum endeavor to provide a wide range of exhibitions and programs designed to stretch the imagination. An education does not stop with graduation. It is a lifetime pursuit.

Visiting a museum is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Kick off the year with a stroll through Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Its presentation of original works by a children’s book illustrator shows our youngest visitors that art is already part of their lives. Moreover, the exhibition can help young people realize that they too are creative beings who can seek mind-expanding adventures for the remainder of their lives. Read to a child, or ask a child to read to you, so that you can enjoy time together in our Book Nooks. Share observations with your companions over coffee, wine, or other beverages in our café (closed for renovations on Monday, January 13 through early February), and learn even more about the art through the books and videos available in our gift shop.

Memories created at museums have no expiration date. Join us throughout 2020 to form indelible impressions of shared learning experiences.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO



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