Frist Art Museum Introduces 2020 Program and Event Enhancements

New Offerings for Art After Dark and ARTLab Series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 14, 2020)—This year the Frist Art Museum is expanding two of its public program series to enhance the visitor experience and increase learning opportunities for guests of all ages and backgrounds. The changes to Art After Dark and ARTlab are effective immediately and will continue to evolve over the course of the year.

Art After Dark is a grouping of fun and educational offerings that takes place on the third Thursday of every month* from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to combine their viewing of current exhibitions with participation in gallery programs and activities such as Drop-In Drawing, as well as access to live music, food trucks, and cash bars. The evenings are free to members; regular admission is required for not-yet-members.

“Art After Dark evenings provide a chance to enrich your visit and meet fellow art lovers,” says Frist Art Museum educator for interpretation Meagan Rust. “Every month, the programs will change and offer something new for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to exploring creative connections in the Middle Tennessee community and helping visitors engage with the exhibitions in new ways.”

Gallery talks will now be regular components of Art After Dark. Discussions will be led by Frist educators and special guests who will offer different interpretations of and perspectives on works on view and foster dialogues with visitors.

In Drop-In Drawing sessions, visitors are encouraged to study the works in the galleries or the architecture of the building as they practice with materials provided by the Frist. All skill levels are welcome, and Frist educators and volunteers are available to supply hands-on technical guidance.

On most Art After Dark Thursdays, there will be food trucks in the Turner Courtyard, and cash bars in the café and the lobby. Guests can enjoy a meal while listening to some of Nashville’s best and brightest performers from the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, Latin, country, folk, bluegrass, and classical music.

*With occasional exceptions. See dates and lineups at FristArtMuseum.org/ArtAfterDark

ARTlabs are hands-on studio sessions designed to offer a creative outlet for teens, adults, and participants of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to drop in to explore themes of current exhibitions and experiment with techniques in the company of professional artists. ARTlabs will be offered on various days throughout the year at the Frist, on select Art After Dark evenings, and at community events.

Upcoming Art After Dark and ARTLab Dates

Thursday, February 20

Teen ARTlab: Illustration and tattoo art with Elisheba Israel Mrozik
4:00–6:00 p.m.
(for ages 13–19)
Free; registration not required; materials provided

Drop-In Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
Materials included (first come, first served)
All skill levels welcome

Educator SPARK
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Free for K–12, homeschool, and college/university educators (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Music in the Café: Classical guitarist Grant Ferris
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Free

Curator’s Perspective: J.M.W. Turner
David Blayney Brown, senior curator, 19th-century British art, Tate Britain
6:30 p.m.
Free; first come, first seated

Thursday, March 12

Teen ARTlab: Documentary filmmaking with Lesa Dowdy
4:00–6:00 p.m.
(for ages 13–19)
Free; registration not required; materials provided

Drop-In Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
Materials included (first come, first served)
All skill levels welcome

Happy Hour with the National Museum of African American Music
5:30–6:15 p.m.
Free; cash bar

Tour: Focus on J.M.W. Turner
6:00 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Educator SPARK
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Free for K–12, homeschool, and college/university educators (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Music in the Café: Mondo Bistro (world music)
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Free

Artist’s Perspective: Jitish Kallat 
6:30 p.m.
Free; first come, first seated
 

Thursday, April 16

Teen ARTlab: Photography with DaShawn Lewis
4:00–6:00 p.m.

Drop-In Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
Materials included (first come, first served)
All skill levels welcome

Tour: Focus on Terry Adkins
6:00–6:30 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Educator SPARK
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Free for K–12, homeschool, and college/university educators (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Music in the Café: Classical guitarist Michael Roberts
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Free

Gallery Talk: Dyer Observatory
6:30 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

In-Gallery Workshop
The Star-Spangled Untangled: A Poetic Unfolding of the U.S. Flag presented by Ciona Rouse
7:00 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
Space is limited. Visit FristArtMuseum.org/flagpoems to register.
 

Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19

Adult ARTlab: Watercolor en plein air presented by Todd Saal
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Frist Art Museum and Riverfront Park
$100 members, $120 not-yet-members (includes all supplies,
gallery admission, and parking validation for the Frist Art Museum’s visitor lot)
18+ only. All skill levels are welcome.
Space is limited. Visit FristArtMuseum.org/studio by April 10 to register

Join teaching and practicing artist Todd Saal for a two-day workshop to experience painting en plein air (outside), with J.M.W. Turner: Quest for the Sublime as inspiration. On Saturday, tour the exhibition and learn basic watercolor techniques with Saal in the Frist Art Museum studios. On Sunday, practice these techniques while creating paintings en plein air at Riverfront Park.

Supporter Acknowledgment
The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Connect with us @FristArtMuseum

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Buddy Kite: 615.744.3351, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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About the Frist Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Art Museum’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at FristArtMuseum.org/accessibility. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students with ID, and $8 for active-duty and retired military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounts with advance reservations by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit FristArtMuseum.org.

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