July 6–September 30, 2018

Open Call for Digital Photography Submissions

Are you a Davidson County resident? Send us digital photographs that capture the theme of connection or disconnection in our communities, for a juried exhibition, Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City, that will take place in Spring 2019.

In collaboration with the Nashville Public Library's Special Collections Division, all submissions will also be a part of a collection which captures the city's fabric, culture and history.


Key dates:

Sunday, September 30, 2018 
Submission period closes

October–November 2018
Submissions juried
Entrants notified of decisions

Friday, March 22, 2019
Exhibition opening and artists’ reception

Saturday, August 4, 2019
Exhibition closes

About the Frist Art Museum
Located in Nashville, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space, the nonprofit Frist Art Museum presents the finest visual art from local, state, and regional artists, as well as major US and international exhibitions.

About the exhibition space
Dedicated to our mission of finding and making connections with local artists, the Conte Community Arts Gallery is the major entryway into the Frist Art Museum.

About the exhibition
Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City is a community exhibition inspired by a 2017 Tennessean article about how Nashville has been growing at a rate of one hundred people per day. Connect/Disconnect will feature photographs by Davidson County residents of diverse ages and backgrounds, showing how the population boom has affected them and the lives of the people around them. The exhibition hopes to explore the rising connectivity between neighborhoods and communities, and the potential for disconnection between people and socioeconomic classes as the city strives to adapt to record growth. Its themes may include the new atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity, the impact of transit and housing on current and new residents, and the ongoing effects of recent and historical events.

Entry/participation fees

Davidson County residents of any age are encouraged to enter their work.

Submission process
All entries must be submitted to ARTcall.org by September 30, 2018 (the system will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT). You may submit up to two photographs for consideration. Images must be digital photographs that are at least 3 MB in size, with maximum dimensions of 8 x 10 inches. No videos, please.

Selection, installation, and celebration
Submissions may be displayed in an online gallery at FristArtMuseum.org. Images remain the property of their creators. A panel of professional photographers, educators, and curators will choose 50 works to be printed and framed by the Frist Art Museum for the Conte Community Arts Gallery. Also, n collaboration with Nashville Public Library's Special Collections Division, submissions will also be a part of a collection which captures the city's fabric, culture and history.

Jurors include:
Marty Stuart, musician and photographer
Carlton Wilkinson, educator and photographer
Susan H. Edwards, executive director and CEO, Frist Art Museum

On March 22, the opening day of the exhibition, the museum will host a reception for the featured photographers and their guests.


Watch a recent NewsChannel5 story about this exhibition



Contact Rosemary Brunton at rbrunton@FristArtMuseum.org or 615.744.3323


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