From the Director


Susan Edwards


It is often said that museums move at a snail’s pace and responsible scholarship does take time. We work for many years on projects as they move along in various stages of development, but the creative team at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts also enjoys considerable flexibility. Our mandate to show the art of the world from all cultures, mediums, and time periods prompts us to look widely for the best art available to bring to Nashville, whether that be for a traveling exhibition or for an exhibition we organize. Our objective is for our members and regular visitors to see over time the art of the world without leaving Nashville. In 2015, we are pleased to host an array of exhibitions that point to lifestyle and material culture as well as fine art and decorative objects.

During the first quarter, exhibitions in the Ingram Gallery explore the visual richness of gracious aristocratic living. Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House and Tina Barney: The Europeans take us inside the world of Europe’s privileged class. We see the paintings, furnishings, and objets d’art that enrich their lives. Opening in February in the Upper-Level Galleries will be an exhibition of American genre painting created in the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, just as the young Republic was casting off Old World dominance. Working with community partners, our educators for community outreach have created a collaborative project using one of Surrealism’s most renowned party games, the Exquisite Corpse. Their curious and unpredictable creations will be shown in an exhibition titled Exquisite Nashville in the Conte Community Arts Gallery.

We hope you will visit often and that you will stay tuned throughout 2015 to explore diverse offerings from contemporary issues to historic treasures from around the world.

Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D.
Executive Director and CEO

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