Twenty years ago, on April 8, 2001, we opened the doors of our historic building to our community. We are marking this milestone in a number of ways this year, including A Landmark Repurposed: From Post Office to Art Museum—an exhibition that retells the story of our magnificent art deco building, from the historical context of its construction, renovation, and reimagination as an art museum to the present moment.

This year, we’re also celebrating our anniversary by inviting you to reminisce virtually with us about a selection of our past exhibitions. Some of them were landmark shows of household-name artists from world-renowned institutions. Many, however, were smaller, contemplative shows. A number were organized by our own curators and traveled to other venues. The through line is the highest-quality visual art from a broad range of perspectives—from local to global—that deliver on our founding mission and vision:

The mission of the Frist Art Museum is to present and originate high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities.

The vision of the Frist Art Museum is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways.

We believe that encounters with art can broaden our horizons and create valuable connections. As a new institution in 2001, we began in a time much different from now. Looking back during an anniversary is a way to remind ourselves where we have been, where we are, and where we hope to go. We have been community-minded since day one. The Frist Art Museum was maturing at a time when Nashville was experiencing growth and change. Responding to the new Nashville, we recognized opportunities to be responsive to the demand for a global perspective while forging and strengthening relationships at home with new audiences and community organizations. This year, and every year, we are a stronger organization because of those partnerships.

Starting on April 8, and continuing into the fall, join us on a trip down memory lane to revisit exhibitions from the past two decades, starting with 2001. Watch for reminders in our weekly e-newsletter, which you can sign up for here, and on social media. We will be grateful if you would share your memories (#FristTurns20) and we look forward to hearing how the art at the Frist has inspired you to look at your world in new ways.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO

Twenty Years of Exhibitions

Click on a year to see a selection of exhibitions presented in that year.
Additional years will be added over the next few months, so check back often.

CLICK HERE for a complete searchable list of past exhibitions.

Join us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary,
and join us as we work to fulfill our mission and vision over the next twenty years.
Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access, in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.