Get Your Frist Summer Pass Today!

Have a Summer Fling with the Frist!

Price: $30 for unlimited admission to all summer exhibitions and Frist Fridays concerts! 
(remember, youth 18 and under are always free)

Valid: Date of purchase through Labor Day (September 4, 2017)

The deadline to purchase a Frist Summer Pass is Friday, June 30. Get yours today! 

On the fence about a full-fledged Frist membership? The Frist Summer Pass is the perfect way to test the waters. For only $30, enjoy unlimited admission to our amazing contemporary art exhibitions this summer and three Frist Fridays concerts. The pass is valid all summer through September 4 (Labor Day). 



Additional information

The Frist Summer Pass is valid for one adult. Each individual needs their own pass, even if they plan to enjoy the Frist as part of a couple or a group. Visitors ages 18 and younger always get in free, so they do not need Summer Passes.

Should you purchase a Summer Pass or an annual membership? Here are a few things to consider:

  • The Summer Pass provides free admission for a single individual through Labor Day.
  • Annual memberships provide not only free admission for an entire year, but also access to member-only events, gift shop discounts, parking vouchers, and other benefits.
  • Annual memberships offer additional savings to couples, families, seniors, educators, and others. Learn more about memberships.


Here's what you can see and do with your pass:


State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now features a broad survey of contemporary from across the United States. The exhibition’s co-curators, Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood, strove to create a vivid overview of American art today. Crisscrossing the United States and visiting approximately a thousand artists, they considered factors of quality and originality, as well as what Bacigalupi called a “generosity of spirit”—an interest in developing a meaningful artistic conversation with the audience. The resulting exhibition is particularly rich in art that responds to place, conveys personal and familial experience, and communicates the artists’ concerns with issues of the environment, the economy, gender, race, and identity. Learn more

This exhibition was organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Bob Trotman (b. 1947). Shaker, 2013. Wood, tempera, wax, motor, plywood, PVC pipe, and latex, 67 x 53 x 28 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina

Vadis Turner: Tempest
Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner moved back to Middle Tennessee in 2014 after living in Boston and New York for many years. In her work, she transforms commonplace objects associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage. She is interested in challenging conventional gender roles and inspired by the history of women’s creative production, and strives to bring visibility to the often-overlooked handiwork of women in the past while simultaneously pushing this legacy forward. Vadis Turner: Tempest presents objects surrounding three potential phases of a woman’s life: the young Wild Woman, the Mother, and the Elder. Learn more

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Art Museum.

Vadis Turner. Underwater Encounter with a Burning Tree, 2011. Ribbon, clothing, quilts, vintage bedspreads, and mixed media, 68 x 65 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner


Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee
Pattern Recognition brings together videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region. Absorbing and unpredictable, the works in the exhibition resist linear narrative. Instead, they explore the technical capacity of digital media to alter our sense of time and reality, showing natural and computer-generated patterns that weave, ripple, and flow in unexpected ways. The exhibition also features a selection of music videos that extend the exhibition’s theme of repetition or abstraction as devices to alter perception. These collaborations between area musicians and videographers employ marvelous, playful, and often psychedelic optics to express the underlying spirit of these songs. Learn more.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Art Museum.

Sturgill Simpson. Turtles All the Way Down (still), 2014. Video; 3 minutes, 4 seconds. Directed by Graham Garrett Uhelski. © High Top Mountain Records


Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection
Opens June 23
This exhibition presents art that is modern in date and belongs to an artistic tradition that can be traced back fifty thousand years. Australian Aboriginals have long painted on bodies, rocks, and the ground as part of ceremonies. Since the early 1970s, they have also been making large rectangular paintings on canvas and other durable artworks to sell to people outside their communities as a way of gaining recognition and respect for their laws and sacred beliefs. The exhibition title—Ancestral Modern—expresses how these transcultural artworks embody both the old and the new in this extraordinary tradition. Learn more.

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Seattle Art Museum. It was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Donald M. Cox, the Wolfensohn Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Spinifex Men's Collaborative. Wati Kutjarra (Two Men Story), 2003. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 82 5/8 x 74 3/4 in. Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum © Spinifex Men's Collaborative, photo by Susan Cole. Courtesy American Federation of Arts



The 15th season of the Frist Art Museum's outdoor summer concert series Frist Fridays kicks off on Friday, June 30. The all-ages concerts take place on the final Fridays of June, July, and August from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., rain or shine. Join us for a fun evening of outstanding music in the Frist’s Turner Courtyard with food specials and a cash bar and participate in artist-led experiences in the galleries.

This year, guests will have the special opportunity to participate in gallery and studio programs led by artists featured in our summer exhibitions.


June 30, 2017
The Long Players Perform Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Recently hailed as “Nashville’s leading masters of tributary prowess” by the Nashville Scene, the Long Players play front-to-back renditions of classic albums as conceptual works of art. For this performance, they will pay tribute to beloved American rock icons Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, celebrating the 40th anniversary year of their debut album.

July 28, 2017

Seductive hooks and layers of sparkly instrumentation have propelled this seven-piece indie pop ensemble from Nashville into the national spotlight in recent years, including an appearance in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice. Their debut album, Geode, often exuberantly joyful and danceable, is distinct for its contemplative moments.

August 25, 2017
Nikki Lane (+ Opening ASCAP Artist TBA)

Presented in Partnership with Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

With her 2017 LP Highway Queen, Nikki Lane continues to refine her own irresistible brand of audacious country–rock. Over the course of three albums and non-stop touring, Lane and her band have won over fans and critics with barroom band swagger and lyrics that are simultaneously brash and perceptive. Her songs, while vintage and twangy in DNA, are utterly of this moment in spirit and attitude.


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