Nashville may still have a long way to go before becoming one of the top art cities, but something new and exciting is stirring in Tennessee’s capital. Here's the best art museums, galleries and performing arts institutions the artistic mind will love.
Located in a two-floor, red brick building in the heart of Green Hills, the Bennett Galleries is a family run exhibition space and business showcasing the works – mostly paintings and sculptures – by both national and international artists. Bennett Galleries displays a somewhat modest, yet still interesting selection of works, and deserves the attention of those looking to enrich their art collection.
The focus of the gallery is on paintings, sculptures and works on paper; as to the roster of represented artists, Gallery One has a regional scope, and strives to showcase emerging as well as established talents from the South East of the United States.
Zeitgeist Gallery debuted on Nashville’s art scene in 1994, and over the years built a reputation as both a space where artists, established and ascending alike, are welcome to explore their creative energy, and a halfway point between them and collectors. Represented artists include painters, sculptors and photographers.
Primarily a commercial gallery helping artists market their works to collectors and public venues, Tinney Contemporary also has an exhibition space and presents several exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery prides itself on its unique selection of avant-garde contemporary artists that it brings to the public’s attention.
The gallery boasts a 30,000 square foot location, and represents talented young artists working with all media. At the heart of its mission lies the promotion of their art pieces; to this end, the gallery often participates in important national and international art fairs.
Formerly a family mansion belonging to the Cheeks, who had built their wealth from marketing an especially good blend of coffee, the Cheekwood Museum of Art‘s permanent collection comprises exquisite examples of American and British decorative arts, as well as contemporary artworks by the likes of Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers.
Housed in a beautiful art deco building, the venue offers a new show every six to eight weeks, busying itself with displaying the works of local as well as international artists working across many media (renowned artist Vik Muniz, for example, exhibited his still life art of garbage materials in recent times).
Housed in a 6,000 square foot historic building, The Arts Company is host to numerous artists; from Edward Belbusti to Brenda Buffett to Thornton Dial. The Company has built up strong rapports with many businesses in the area to sustain their high level of cultural work and, as a result, are able to put on 12 vastly varying exhibitions annually.