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NASHVILLE, TENN.—(Nov. 6, 2007)—On Friday, Nov. 16, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will open the exhibition Future/Now: Mid-State Art Majors, featuring approximately 80 selected works by the next generation of practicing artists, who today are students in college or university art programs across Middle Tennessee. The exhibition will be on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through Dec. 30, 2007. A free community opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 16, from 7–9 p.m. at the
Frist Center. Admission to the Frist Center will be free for all college students with ID during the period of this exhibition.

Participating schools include Appalachian Center for Craft/Tennessee Tech University, Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Cumberland University, Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and Watkins College of Art and Design. Faculty representing the art departments from each school selected the works on view.

“The works in the exhibition reflect a wide range of interests, from political and social commentary to thoughtful reflections of the self in various stages of psychological and spiritual query,” says Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
“Despite their differences, the works are linked by the students’ commitment to developing their craft, whether through beautifully composed and well-printed photographs or in highly refined jewelry and innovative furniture. It is heartening to see this rising generation of artists, which bodes well for the future of art in Middle Tennessee.”

Future/Now: Mid-State Art Majors not only provides students and faculty with a first-hand understanding of the role that a museum plays as an intermediary between artists and the public, it also celebrates the breadth and diversity of art training programs throughout the Middle Tennessee region.

About the Frist Center

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., is an art exhibition center dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, regional, national and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features more than 30 interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Gallery admission to the Frist Center is free for visitors 18 and under and to Frist Center members. Frist Center admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and military, and $6.50 for college students with ID. Thursday evenings, 5–9 p.m., admission is free for college students with a valid college ID. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling (615) 744-3246. The Frist Center is open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sundays,
1–5:30 p.m., with the Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling (615) 244-3340 or by visiting our Web site at

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