Friends of Contemporary Art

Since 2001, the Frist Art Museum has brought internationally acclaimed exhibitions to our community, exposing many to contemporary art for the first time. The appetite for the art of our time has grown and continues to impact the local art scene. With this acute appreciation in mind, the Friends of Contemporary Art was started in 2015 to support the Frist's organization and presentation of contemporary exhibitions. Consider joining the Friends of Contemporary Art today.





  • Opportunities to meet contemporary artists and visit their studios
  • Exclusive travel offers
  • Access to Frist Art Museum curators through Friends of Contemporary Art activities and events
  • VIP access to Frist Art Museum contemporary art events
  • Social gatherings with other contemporary art enthusiasts


Q1: February
A private tour of Fisk University art collections with Susan H. Edwards, CEO of the Frist Art Museum; Mark W. Scala, chief curator at the Frist Art Museum; and a representative from Fisk 

Q2: March 12, 2020
Meet and greet with Jitish Kallat before his lecture

Q3: July 
Meet and greet with Rina Banerjee

September — tickets to attend EXPO Chicago
December — tickets to attend Art Basel Miami Beach


Current and upcoming contemporary art exhibitions at the Frist:

Murals of North Nashville Now
Through January 5, 2020

OSGEMEOS: In between
September 27, 2019–January 12, 2020

Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar
February 20–May 31, 2020

Jitish Kallat
March 13–June 28, 2020

Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange
March 13–June 28, 2020

Bethany Collins
June 26–September 27, 2020

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World
July 24–October 25, 2020


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