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The Best Art Galleries and Museums in Nashville:
233 5th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 752-6030
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Specializing in contemporary art, The Rymer Gallery serves as a trailblazer for the Nashville art scene. The gallery, one of the largest on Fifth Avenue, features artists with a diverse range of concepts including provocative installations, multi-media exhibits and more. This gallery also blends both emerging and established talent within its walls, making it a great place to visit during the First Sunday Art Crawl, a monthly art event.
237 5th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 255-7816
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment
The Tinney Contemporary is known for bringing local and international talent into its gallery. The walls boast stunning exhibits of photography, painting, drawing and more, and with their professional art services, these works have made their way to some of the most prestigious institutions and homes throughout Nashville.
215 5th Ave. North, Nashville, TN, 37219 • (615) 254-2040
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
The Arts Company is a cornerstone for art scene in Nashville. They recently expanded their walls to accommodate additional exhibition space, furthering their commitment to curating excellent shows of both established and emerging artists. Additionally, they participate in the First Sunday Art Crawl each month making them a great gallery to stop by and visit in order to observe how seamlessly it integrates local and international works.
2104 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 297-3201
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bennett Galleries is both a curated gallery space providing original fine art and a premier frame shop that specializes in custom framing. This gallery houses works from world renowned artists as well as local artists. With their amazing collection of contemporary painting and sculptures, this is a great place to shop if you are in the market for a new piece of art.
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 37203-3822 • (615) 244-3340
Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is one of Nashville’s most prestigious art institutions. Bringing high-calibre exhibitions every six to eight weeks, they feature artists both from the region and around the world. The Frist also offers educational and outreach programs for all ages and their multi-level venue includes the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, an interactive center for colorful and engaging activities both for individuals and groups.
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN, 37209 • (615) 350-7200
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ranging from musical and theater performances to art exhibitions and company dance pieces, OZ Arts has it all. This nonprofit organization is a place filled with world class contemporary art in multiple disciplines of performing and visual arts. With events such as artist talks and showcases as well as educational outreach and performances, OZ is a place that is approaching art with curiosity, and is truly one of the most cutting edge exhibits in the Nashville area.
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens and a woodland sculpture trail, all showcasing the stunning natural landscape, and an 8,000-piece permanent art collection and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries.
1015 West Kirkland Avenue, suite 414, Nashville, TN 37216
Hours: Call for an appointment.
The English born artist Ed Nash now calls Nashville home, and has since gained widespread popularity for his ability not only to create great art but to curate artistic spaces. His large acrylic paintings feature colorful gradations that formally reference landscapes. Conceptually, these strokes and textures allude to profound sensations like memory and longing. Abstract but approachable, these works fit seamlessly into a number of settings. And Nash, an art appraiser, is deft at situating each work in the perfect place. From corporate installations to intimate dining rooms, he has decorated notable spaces near and far with his provocative work.
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