Past Exhibitions

2024 Multi-District School Art Show

Jan 13–Feb 4, 2024
The 2024 Multi-District School Art Show features some of the finest artwork created by students at more than thirty schools in three Tennessee public school districts. Over three hundred young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade are included in this exhibition. Elementary and middle school art teachers selected two works… Read More

Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection

Oct 20, 2023–Jan 28, 2024
Imperial expansion, conquest, colonization, and the transatlantic slave trade marked the period spanning from 1500 to 1800. Cataclysmic social and geopolitical shifts brought people into closer contact than ever before in real and imagined ways, propelling the creative refashioning of the material culture that surrounded them. After the Spaniards began… Read More

Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage 

Sep 15–Dec 31, 2023
The first major museum exhibition devoted to the subject, Multiplicity presents over 80 major collage and collage-informed works that reflect the breadth and complexity of Black identity. Featuring an intergenerational group of 52 living artists, Multiplicity explores the varying ways collage is employed and how the technique suggests diverse conceptual concerns such as cultural… Read More

Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West

Sep 15–Dec 31, 2023
Raqib Shaw was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, in 1974, but spent most of his childhood in the beautiful Valley of Kashmir immersed in his family’s business of selling jewelry, textiles, and carpets. On a trip to London, he became entranced by old masters’ paintings at the National Gallery. Read More

Art in the Atrium by TC

Jun 5–Dec 31, 2023
As part of the Frist Art Museum’s ambition to creatively activate spaces throughout its historic building, we present our inaugural Art in the Atrium project, underscoring that art is all around us. Nashville-based artist TC is creating two new large-scale collages on the landings of both of our grand staircases. Read More

Sumner County Schools Art Show

Dec 2–Dec 17, 2023
The seventh annual Sumner County Schools Art Show features artwork created by over seventy artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Elementary and middle school art teachers selected two works per grade level, and high school art teachers selected two works per course. Seven schools are participating in this show. Read More

Beatrix Potter:
Drawn to Nature

Apr 7–Sep 17, 2023
This magical, family-friendly exhibition celebrates the creative and ecological achievements of the beloved English author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943). In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first self-published in London in 1901, and twenty-two other children’s books, Potter imagined an enchanting world of animals and gardens. Through letters, photographs, sketches,… Read More

2023 Teens Take the Frist!

Jul 29–Sep 3, 2023
Prompted by our vision of inspiring people through art to look at their world in new ways, the Frist Art Museum invited teens to submit their artwork for this fifth edition of Teens Take the Frist! The resulting selection features artworks highlighting nostalgia as a theme in a variety of… Read More

Guitar Town:
Picturing Performance Today

Apr 21–Aug 20, 2023
Guitar Town: Picturing Performance Today features work by ten Nashville-based photographers who capture the energy of Nashville’s diverse music scene through images of guitar players performing in venues across the city. Highlighting a variety of musical styles and attitudes, the photographers employ dramatic angles, surprising cropping, and hair-trigger responses as… Read More

Storied Strings:
The Guitar in American Art

May 26–Aug 13, 2023
Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art is the first exhibition to explore the instrument’s symbolism in American art from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Featuring over one hundred works of art and dozens of exceptional instruments, the exhibition will demonstrate that guitars figure prominently in the visual… Read More