Tennessee’s capital boasts a robust artist community and a wide variety of art institutions such as the Frist Art Museum, a number of university galleries, and a spirited DIY scene that includes some of the South’s most exciting artist-run spaces.
Unrequited Leisure is an artist-run gallery that focuses on emerging and mid-career artists that explore screen-based approaches to critical and topical investigations.WebsiteAddress507 Hagan Street, The Packing Plant Arts Building, Studio C
The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery promotes engagement with the visual arts among students and the greater community through exhibitions, collections, research, and instruction.WebsiteAddress419 21st Ave S
Located within the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center of Vanderbilt University, Space 204 exhibits contemporary art from local and national artists as well as the annual Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award Competition exhibitions from Vanderbilt senior major students. WebsiteAddress1204 25th Avenue South
Hiram Van Gordon Gallery is located in Tennessee State University and offers approximately six exhibitions yearly that highlight the works of TSU students, faculty and alumni in the visual arts, African American and African artists, social and civic engaged work along with conversations regarding sustainable environmental practices in art.WebsiteAddress3500 John A Merritt Blvd, in Elliot Hall
Random Sample highlights local emerging artists looking for an approachable space to exhibit their work. RS also hosts small concerts, book clubs, and is home to a small gift shop that showcases artisanal goods from multiple local artists.WebsiteAddress407 48th Ave N
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. The second floor of the Historic Mansion & Museum serves as a gallery for the museum’s permanent collection and features rotating exhibitions throughout the year.WebsiteAddress1200 Forrest Park Drive