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January 2, 2021

Dear Friends of the Frist,

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions and the spirit of new beginnings. Those sentiments have added meaning this year as we all wish fervently that we could leave the death, disease, and disruption of 2020 behind us. While there are well-placed reasons for optimism, pragmatism requires us to exercise caution and adjust our expectations realistically. That said, current best advice allows indoor activities such as visiting the Frist Art Museum.

We have adjusted our schedule temporarily. For now, we are open Thursdays through Sundays—the most popular days among our guests. From Thursday through Saturday, our hours are 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and on Sundays our galleries and gift shop are open to you from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Martin ArtQuest will be accessible 1:00–5:00 p.m. on all four days. Service in the café has been suspended, but vending machines and seating remain available.

The exhibition schedule for 2021 is robust, and you will not want to miss the rare opportunity to see Picasso. Figures, on loan to us from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, as well as art from Nashville and the world. Our top priority is to ensure your safety. We continue to be diligent in following all recommended protocols and requiring all guests to do the same. Our spacious galleries allow ample room for social distancing, and a complete list of safety measures can be found on our website.

Reservations can be made at FristArtMuseum.org/tickets. The present reduction in downtown traffic means that parking is readily available in our visitor lot.

Be sure to consult FristArtMuseum.org before your visit for the most up-to-date information—and, while you’re there, enjoy our array of online programs, including Frist at Home tours (with new sessions streamed weekly), Storytime (in English, Spanish, and ASL), panel discussions, art history classes, curator’s tours, digital exhibitions (such as 2020 Young Tennessee Artists), and other offerings.

Thank you to all who have continued to support the Frist Art Museum with your memberships and donations during this challenging period. Your generosity is appreciated more than you know.

While we must operate on a temporarily modified schedule for the time being, we look forward to restoring our hours as circumstances permit. Our commitment to our communities—to education, equity, and diversity, and to the healing, nurturing, and inspiring power of art—is unwavering.

Please stay safe.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO



Summer 2020

Dear Friends of the Frist,

We join the international outcry denouncing racism, intolerance, and violence, and we, like those filling streets around the world in protest, mourn George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other victims before them. We join the world to say that Black Lives Matter. Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, these recent killings underscore the inequities and casualties of systemic racism and make the need for real change even more urgent. We at the Frist Art Museum strive to be a part of an immediate and sustained movement for change.

As a visual arts organization founded in 2001, we are in a strong position to be part of a communal force committed to deconstructing assumed truths inherited from the past. The Frist was conceived as an institution devoted to education, the celebration of visual culture, and a deeply rooted belief that seeing the world differently through art can change lives. From our founding, we have been charged with bringing to light a more thorough understanding of the world’s peoples, cultures, and religions and their respective contributions to humanity, with special attention paid to the ethnic and racial diversity of our own country and community.

We are rigorously committed to examining ourselves, our presumptions and motives, our operations and programming, and our staff, volunteers, board, and councils. We can always do better. Nashville has a place in the history of the twentieth-century civil rights movement that was not always peaceful or easy. Ensuring that we are on the right side of history in 2020 is a responsibility we share. We look forward to coming together as we move toward a more equitable and just society. In service all things are possible.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO



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