See what’s going on at the Frist during the dates you are planning to visit.

Exhibitions

Nashville Art Teachers: Beyond the Classroom

Mar 4–Aug 28, 2022
Nashville Art Teachers: Beyond the Classroom salutes the heroic efforts of teachers during the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It features the work of elementary, middle, and high school art teachers working in Davidson County. Jurors narrowed over three hundred submissions from eighty teachers to this remarkable selection of… Read More

Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Jun 3–Sep 4, 2022
This exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, and immersive installations by a loose-knit group of artists working in Southern California from the 1960s to the present. The renowned Light and Space and “finish fetish” artists are united by an interest in manipulating the medium of light, projected or reflected, to alter the… Read More

2022 Teens Take the Frist!

Jun 24–Sep 5, 2022
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 fourth edition of Teens Take the Frist! The resulting selection features artworks in a variety of mediums created by emerging Middle Tennessee artists. Read More

Knights in Armor

Jul 1–Oct 10, 2022
Knights in Armor showcases stunning examples of European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. More than one hundred rare objects—including full suits of armor, mounted equestrian figures, helmets, swords, and other weaponry—tell the tale of the European knight from the Middle Ages… Read More

Elise Kendrick: Salon Noir

Aug 12–Dec 31, 2022
Project Uplift presents the Frist Art Museum’s first micro-exhibition, Elise Kendrick: Salon Noir. This exhibition includes artwork by Nashville artist Elise Kendrick that explores and pays homage to the beauty of African American women, their unique hairstyles, and the Black salon experience. Under the direction of student curator Jonathan Diggs,… Read More

2022 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs

Sep 2, 2022–Feb 12, 2023
The Frist Art Museum’s ninth biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition will showcase some of the finest two-dimensional artwork by students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs. The submission period ran from February 14 through May 13, 2022. Artwork for the exhibition will be selected by a jury… Read More

Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
This exhibition presents rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish costumes and textiles drawn from the renowned collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and stunning artistry, Asian luxury textiles have been integral to global trade for centuries.  The exhibition traces the history of… Read More

Virginia Overton: Saved

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
Though she has worked in New York City since the early 2000s, Nashville-born artist Virginia Overton maintains strong connections with Middle Tennessee, where her family has owned a farm for more than a century. For her site-specific installations, Overton salvages such elements as plywood, refrigerator parts, and farm utensils, then… Read More

Matthew Ritchie:
A Garden in the Flood

Nov 11, 2022–Mar 5, 2023
Renowned transmedia artist Matthew Ritchie invites viewers to experience the richness and fragility of the world by connecting such fields as philosophy and mythology, epic poetry and science fiction, and history and physics. This exhibition’s interweaving of paradise and chaos offers a meditation on art’s capacity to help overcome our… 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 published in London in 1902, and twenty-two other children’s books, Potter imagined an enchanting world of animals and gardens. Through clothing, diaries, letters, photographs,… 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 19th century to the present day. Featuring 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments, the exhibition will demonstrate that guitars figure prominently in the visual stories… Read More

Events

Gallery Talk
Fundamentals of Perception: How Light Illuminates Art and Art Creates Light

Saturday, August 20, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Ingram Gallery
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
No registration required

Join visual neuroscientist Frank Tong to learn about the interpretive act of sight—how the human brain processes light, shadows, shapes, and objects. Dr. Tong will discuss light-based works by Robert Irwin, Mary Corse, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler in Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and point to how these artworks present puzzles to tantalize our visual system so we may reexamine what and how we see. Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, August 20, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

All-Ages ARTlab: Light, Space, Surface

Sunday, August 21, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Studio C and Ingram Gallery
Registration required; space is limited.

Event repeats on August 21 from 3:30–5:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will explore the materials and processes of Light, Space, Surface and create their own illuminated artwork. Read More

Frist at Home:
Light, Space, Surface

Thursday, August 25, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Light, Space, Surface: Works from the… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, August 25, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required;
Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs every Thursday evening
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Pop-Up Poetry

Thursday, August 25, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Café
Free; cash bar in the Grand Lobby

Take in poetry from amazing Nashville poets, participate in an open mic, and enjoy live music by VibeOut. (@viiibeout) and Blue House Band (@bluehousebandofficial) at this pop-up poetry event celebrating Elise Kendrick: Salon Noir. Read More

Film: The Green Knight (2021)

Thursday, August 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

An epic fantasy adventure, The Green Knight tells the story of Gawain, King Arthur’s feckless and headstrong nephew, who irresolutely embarks on a quest to meet the challenge of the eponymous Green Knight, a tree-like giant and tester of men. Gawain contends with magic, ghosts, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character as he navigates the perilous path towards honor and knighthood. Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, August 25, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about our exhibitions on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk.  … Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, August 27, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

Frist at Home:
Light, Space, Surface

Thursday, September 1, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Light, Space, Surface: Works from the… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, September 1, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required;
Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs every Thursday evening
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Guided Meditation in Light, Space, Surface

Thursday, September 1, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

SOLD OUT
Ingram Gallery
$5 members; $20 not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking)

This event is SOLD OUT. Presented by The Happy Hour  Go beyond your everyday perception of the world around you as The Happy Hour leads a meditation practice in the exhibition Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. During this program, you will be guided… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, September 1, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about our exhibitions on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk.  … Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, September 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, September 8, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Knights in Armor. Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, September 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required;
Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs every Thursday evening
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, September 8, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about our exhibitions on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk.  … Read More

Film: Man of La Mancha (1972) 

Saturday, September 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

This film adaptation of the Tony Award–winning musical stars Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren and is based on the life of sixteenth-century Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes and his signature work, Don Quixote. In the volatile days of the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes and his squire make a living as traveling players, but soon find themselves imprisoned after being accused of crimes against the church. Now, facing the wrath of their fellow inmates as well as the inquisitors, Cervantes must persuade the unruly bunch not to burn his prized manuscript by performing it for them.    Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, September 10, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

Family Sunday

Sunday, September 11, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Upper-Level Galleries and Martin ArtQuest

Repeats every second Sunday of the month
The Frist loves families! On the second Sunday of each month, join us 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 deskMultisensory Exploration Stations are available… Read More

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, September 15, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Knights in Armor. Read More

Performance: Early Music City

Thursday, September 15, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Upper-Level Galleries
Gallery admission required

Performance repeats at 7:00 p.m.
Join Early Music City for an evening of Renaissance-inspired music, performed by Francis Perry (lute) and Claire Rottembourg (recorder) in the exhibition Knights in Armor. About Early Music City One part Renaissance band, one part Baroque ensemble, Early Music City celebrates the diverse traditions that make Nashville a great music… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, September 15, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required;
Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs every Thursday evening
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, September 15, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about our exhibitions on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk.  … Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, September 16, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; free; registration required

A similar program is offered on Nov. 9
The Frist Art Museum partners with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Tennessee Chapter, for this special event for those living with dementia and their care partners. Making Memories gives those affected by the disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours, social interaction, art-making activities, and lunch.  Read More

Adult ARTlab: Metalworking 

Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

SOLD OUT
Frist Art Museum and The Forge Nashville (formerly Fort Houston), 217 Willow Street, Nashville

The October 1 workshop is also sold out.
Presented by The Forge Nashville (formerly Fort Houston)  All sessions of this event are SOLD OUT. $50 members; $65 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included) Ages 18+ only. Space is limited. All skill levels are welcome.  Join the Frist Art Museum and The Forge Nashville for an… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, September 22, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required;
Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs every Thursday evening
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, September 22, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about our exhibitions on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk.  … Read More

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, September 29, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Knights in Armor. Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, September 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required;
Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs every Thursday evening
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, September 29, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about our exhibitions on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk.  … Read More

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, October 6, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Knights in Armor. Read More

Curators’ Perspectives: Textile Treasures from Asia in Weaving Splendor

Thursday, October 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated 

The world has always turned to Asia for luxurious textiles. In this special presentation about fine textiles and garments from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, you will have an opportunity to see why. Join Nelson-Atkins curators Ling-en Lu, Kimberly Masteller, and Yayoi Shinoda for a close examination of some of the sumptuous textile treasures from across Asia featured in Weaving Splendor.  Read More

Member Morning

Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles and Virginia Overton: Saved

Sunday, October 9, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of the Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Virginia Overton: Saved exhibitions. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at member previews and Member Mornings. Read More

Family Sunday

Sunday, October 9, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Upper-Level Galleries and Martin ArtQuest

Repeats every second Sunday of the month
The Frist loves families! On the second Sunday of each month, join us 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 deskMultisensory Exploration Stations are available… Read More

Frist at Home: Weaving Splendor

Thursday, October 13, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles… Read More

Frist at Home: Weaving Splendor

Thursday, October 20, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles… Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, October 27, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home tour—a closer look at the architecture of our building. Read More

Member Morning:
Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood

Sunday, November 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of the Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood exhibition. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at member previews and Member Mornings. Member previews take place the day before new exhibitions open… Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, December 9, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; free; registration required

The Frist Art Museum partners with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Tennessee Chapter, for this special event for those living with dementia and their care partners. Making Memories gives those affected by the disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours, social interaction, art-making activities, and lunch.  Read More

Performance:
The Stonecutter

Sunday, December 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Auditorium; free; space is limited; first-come, first-seated

Based on a traditional Asian folktale and featuring Bunraku puppetry, The Stonecutter teaches two life lessons: be happy with who you are and make your wishes carefully! This performance is most suitable for children ages 3–10, but all are welcome. Read More
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