The Martin ArtQuest® Gallery is the Frist Art Museum’s interactive artmaking gallery for all ages. ArtQuest presents changing exhibition-related activities three times a year.

What’s On in ArtQuest


Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles

Through January 16, 2023

Stop by to create a print on fabric, design a kimono bookmark, make a watercolor painting using bamboo brushes, try your hand at weaving or embroidery stitches, and more!


Featured Videos

handmade top on a mannequin made of leather with straps over the shoulders

Art and Design

Colorful bird with a bright blue head and orang body with black and white spots

Patterns in Nature

Next Up in ArtQuest

Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric
January 17–April 10, 2023

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature  
April 13–September 18, 2023


About ArtQuest

Since 2001, this award-winning interactive space has been one of Nashville’s top destinations for creative exploration. ArtQuest offers a range of art-making activities—drawing, animation, printmaking, painting, and more—with the support of friendly staff and volunteers.

Know before you go:

  • ArtQuest is open during museum hours except on Thursdays, when the museum stays open until 8:00 p.m. but ArtQuest closes at 5:30 p.m.
  • A visit to ArtQuest is included with museum admission (visitors ages 18 and younger always receive free admission!)
  • ArtQuest is designed for individuals and families. However, we welcome group visits to ArtQuest by advance reservation only; availability is limited. For more information, visit our group tours page.
  • ArtQuest welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Staff members are available to assist with accommodations. For more information, visit our accessibility page.
  • For tips on visiting the museum with your family, see our visitors with children page.


ArtQuest: Art is All Around You
Videos and Art Activities

Explore ArtQuest’s concepts wherever you are through ArtQuest: Art Is All Around You, short videos that highlight art ideas and fun family activities, produced in partnership with Nashville Public Television.



Use #FristArtQuest to share your ArtQuest artwork with us online!

Family in town? Bring them to #theFrist! We have a full house of exhibitions to enjoy, shopping in the Frist Gift Shop, #FristArtQuest, and, now, All People Coffee is available in our café 🤗 ...

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Our Martin ArtQuest Gallery creates a fun and engaging learning environment for visitors to experience hands-on activities that promote connections, creativity, and critical thinking #FristArtQuest ...

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The Frist loves families! Join us this Sunday, September 11, 1:00–5:30 p.m., for family tours, multisensory gallery experiences, and a visit to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

🎨 KNIGHTS IN ARMOR Family Tours begin at 1:45 p.m. and meet at the Ingram Gallery information desk
🎨Multisensory Exploration Stations are available in the exhibition from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Multisensory Exploration Stations offer opportunities for visitors of all ages to touch, smell, and listen to materials and objects of varying textures, aromas, and sounds that relate to the exhibition.
🎨The interactive Martin ArtQuest Gallery is open every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

#FristArtMuseum #FristArtQuest #FristKnights #FristFamilySundays
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Since the opening of the #FristKnights exhibition, our resident knight has been trying his armored hand at all the art making stations in #FristArtQuest. Be sure to stop my Martin ArtQuest on your next visit to design shields, fashion horse armor, build block castles, and more! ...

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✨FAMILY SUNDAY ✨
The Frist loves families! On the second Sunday of each month, join us for family tours, multisensory gallery experiences, and a visit to the #FristArtQuest.

𝗧𝗢𝗗𝗔𝗬, 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟭𝟰
🎨 Knights in Armor Family Tours begin at 1:15 p.m. and meet at the Ingram Gallery information desk
🎨 Multisensory Exploration Stations are available in the exhibition from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Multisensory Exploration Stations offer opportunities for visitors of all ages to touch, smell, and listen to materials and objects of varying textures, aromas, and sounds that relate to the exhibition.
🎨 The interactive Martin ArtQuest Gallery is open every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tours and Exploration Stations are subject to change based on volunteer availability.

Learn more at FristArtMuseum.org
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Our resident knight's ArtQUEST continues! #FristKnights #FristArtQuest ...

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When you're this close to the fristartmuseum, a casual stroll is a must! 🚶🏽⁠

Be sure and check out all the nearby attractions when you click the link in our bio and stay at the #GrandHyattNashville. ⁠

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Rainy days = excellent museum day ☔️…as are hot days, and snow days, and pretty much all the days! ...

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#FristArtQuest provides exhibition-inspired opportunities for guests to explore a range of art-making strategies—drawing, animation, printmaking, and painting—while helping participants find their unique talents and voices, celebrate their creative energy, and have fun! ...

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💓 True story 💓
#FristArtQuest
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ICYMI - We have reinstated operating hours on Thursday evenings and Mondays 🤗 ...

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Join our team! We are looking for people of all ages to #volunteer in the #FristArtQuest, the gift shop, and Guest Services. Volunteers enjoy FREE admission, free parking, gift shop discounts, and more! Application deadline is Wednesday, June 1, More FristArtMuseum.org ...

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#FristArtQuest is for the artist in all of us! ...

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Let's PLAY #FristArtQuest

When you support #theFrist, you help us provide free admission to youth ages 18 and younger.

You have until 6 p.m. today, May 5, to give to #thebigpayback TheBigPayback.org/FristArtMuseum to contribute. Thank you! #thebigpayback
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Create works of art inspired by ALMA W. THOMAS: EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL in Martin ArtQuest #FristArtQuest #worldartday2022 #almathomas #fristalmawthomas ...

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Martin ArtQuest has been Nashville’s premier destination for hands-on art experiences since opening. Visitors of all ages can participate in activities that create delight, wonder, and inspiration #FristArtQuest #NashvilleParent ...

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Looking for things to do with the kiddos... ✨ HINT, HINT ✨
#FristArtQuest
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#FristArtQuest is installing an #AlmaThomas inspired puppet theater in preparation for the exhibition EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL which opens to the public February 25.

We express our gratitude to the @chryslermuseum and artist Grace Martin for sharing this gem with the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

#FristAlmaWThomas
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Family Fun at the Frist—Art Deco Style!
When you visit, be sure and stop by the #FristArtQuest to enjoy our #ArtDeco–inspired activities. Making an #AaronDouglas–style monochromatic masterpiece, design a decorative object, sketch a model in a glamorous 1920’s gown, and more!
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Volunteer in ArtQuest!

The ArtQuest team is always looking for helpful hands and smiling faces!


The Frist Art Museum welcomes gifts of any amount to support the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. Thank you! 


Benefactors

The Frist Art Museum is deeply grateful to our generous Martin ArtQuest Gallery Benefactors:

  • Ellen H. Martin, Charles N. Martin, and the Martin Foundation
  • The Cal Turner Family Foundation
  • The William Stamps Farish Fund


Supported in part by

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