Exploring Frist Art Museum

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Are you looking for a weekend adventure close to home? How about the Frist Art Museum located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee? This local art museum is the perfect size for an afternoon family adventure. Whether you are an avid art lover or just looking for something unique to do in Nashville, Frist is the perfect experience for family and friends.

Hobbies on a Budget received tickets to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Exploring Frist Art Museum

Recently, we drove over to visit Frist and enjoyed a full morning immersing ourselves in the current exhibits. The Frist Art Museum hosts changing collections that chage periodically throughout the year. That means that if you want to see the exhibits I’m showcasing today, you should make your plans to visit soon.

See a list of current exhibitions here.

Frist is located in downtown Nashville with plenty of easy parking right beside the museum.

Martin ArtQuest® Gallery

One of the highlights of Frist Art Museum is the ArtQuest Gallery. Don’t just view the art. Get involved and create your own masterpiece. Whether you already love painting, sketching or drawing or have never picked up a sketch pencil or paintbrush, the Martin ArtQuest® Gallery is a place where you will want to spend some time.

In all the art museums we have visited, this is one of the most engaging art studios we have ever seen. The gallery was well staffed with people helping to faciliate the art experience as well as having a full variety of stations to capture each person’s inner artist.

Use oil pastels and scratch tools to create dimensional drawings, sketch a Southern-inspired still life, create a group weaving project, design colorful abstract art, and more!

Southern Modern

When we visit art musuems around the country, we are always on the lookout for familiar artists. One of the pieces on display in the Southern Modern exhibit was by Thomas Hart Benton. We have seen his works in Truman Presidential Library in Missouri as well as the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga.

Introducing the first extensive examination of paintings and works on paper originating from the American South between 1913 and 1955, “Southern/Modern” presents a diverse collection of over one hundred pieces sourced from public and private collections nationwide. Focusing on artists such as Carroll Cloar, Aaron Douglas, Caroline Durieux, Will Henry Stevens, Alma Thomas, and more, the exhibition highlights their contributions to the artistic landscape across states below the Mason-Dixon line, extending westward to those bordering the Mississippi River. Notably, the display also features artists from outside the South, including Josef Albers and Elaine de Kooning, associated with North Carolina’s innovative Black Mountain College. Additionally, works by Thomas Hart Benton, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and others offer perspectives on Southern experiences from afar.

Monuments & Myths: the America of Sculptors

We have seen monuments and sculptures in over 40 states in the United States. But to be honest, I’ve never really thought about how the monuments were created. The Monuments & Myths exhibit explored many of the famous monuments and showed the scale models that helped create our landscape.

Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) and Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907) stood as the premier American sculptors of the Gilded Age era. Engaging in a friendly rivalry, they revolutionized the sculptural landscape of the United States, creating numerous iconic public artworks. Among their notable achievements are Diana, perched atop New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and the Seated Abraham Lincoln sculpture gracing the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Delve into the lives and artistic legacies of these two influential figures at the exhibition “Monuments and Myths,” now open in the Upper-Level Galleries.

Carving a New Tradition: The Art of LaToya Hobbs

The current collection features prints and mixed-media pieces by LaToya M. Hobbs, a talented artist originally from Arkansas but now based in Baltimore. At the heart of this exhibition is Hobbs’s impressive woodcarving titled “Carving Out Time,” which serves as a focal point, illustrating her ongoing exploration of Black womanhood, identity, and the artistic heritage that resonates throughout her work. Hobbs pays homage to the rich traditions of printmaking and her Black artistic predecessors, all while pushing the boundaries of the medium, treating the matrix as both an object and incorporating diverse mixed-media elements.

Find the Museum

Frist Art Museum
919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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