NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 26, 2016)—Frist Center Executive Director Dr. Susan H. Edwards announced today that Nashvillian Crystal A. Churchwell will rejoin the Frist Center staff as associate director of development.

“We are excited and delighted that Crystal Churchwell will be returning to the Frist Center to assume a key role in our development efforts,” said Dr. Edwards. As a member of the Frist Center’s development team in 2010, Churchwell served as a development assistant, where she offered many meaningful contributions to membership and donor communications efforts and event planning. She left her position to pursue her MBA at Vanderbilt University, but maintained close ties to the Frist Center through her internship with the Frist Center Board of Trustees.

“We could not be more pleased to welcome back to our staff an experienced professional who has, with such distinction and commitment, supported the Frist Center through her service and dedication to our organization’s values and mission,” said Dr. Edwards.

Churchwell was most recently a senior associate brand manager at MARS Petcare, a company she joined in 2015 after serving two years as assistant brand manager at SC Johnson & Son.

Over the last seven years, Churchwell has also been actively involved with the Frist Center as a member and as co-chair of the Art Deco Affair. “My experiences have given me a tremendous opportunity to see the heart and soul of Frist Center from a number of valuable perspectives,” said Churchwell. “Having studied art history both here and abroad, I share a devotion to the Frist’s mission of bringing to Nashville the great art of the world and an abiding belief that through art we can educate, motivate, and inspire. The Frist reaches into every area of this community through partnerships and alliances that make that belief reality.”

Churchwell earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (2007) and her MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management (2013). She is a member of Carrousels, Inc., and the Nashville Wellesley Club.

Sponsor Acknowledgment

The Frist Center is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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About the Frist Center
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Information on accessibility may be found at Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and to members; $12 for adults; $9 for seniors and college students with ID; and $7 for active military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615.244.3340 or by visiting
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