Contemporary Art Selection

The Bernice and Joel Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Dedicated to presenting the most dynamic and stimulating art of our times, the Gordon CAP Gallery is a highly visible space of approximately 1,000 square feet located on the Frist Center’s main level. The gallery is suitable for exhibiting works in such disciplines as painting, sculpture, craft, photography, installation, and video. Individual artists and collaborative teams of artists are eligible for consideration. The Gordon CAP Gallery is not intended to be a space for group exhibitions.

The Gordon CAP Gallery’s ceiling is 21 feet high, with a grid of track lighting 18 feet from the floor.

Submissions for the Bernice and Joel Gordon CAP Gallery:

If you are an artist, or an artist’s representative, and would like your work reviewed, please submit a proposal. Proposals may be for any form or medium of visual art. Artists may propose to exhibit work already completed, or to propose an installation specifically for the Gordon CAP gallery. The proposed work cannot incorporate any elements that might constitute risks to the health and safety of visitors or the safety of other works of art in the Frist Center. Examples of such restrictions include, but are not limited to, open food products; live insects, animals, or plants; functional weapons; flames; liquids; and other dangerous materials. Exceptions may be made when proposals demonstrate the neutralization of risk factors. The exhibition must be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Format of Proposals:

Proposals should include:

  • The resumé of the artist and contact information
  • If the proposal is to exhibit existing work, it should include no less than ten images of works to be considered and that will be available for the exhibition. The proposal may include an artist’s statement and no more than two reviews or articles relating to the artist’s work. Images must be provided on CD/DVD or through a link to a website. Slides cannot be accepted.
  • If the proposal is to exhibit new work, it should include a written description and plan of work that the artist proposes for the exhibition, including its anticipated dimensions, materials, and techniques, and special or unusual considerations for installation, such as significant weight, equipment needs, etc.
  • It should also include no less than eight (8) images and one (1) optional additional item of documentation, such as DVD computer disk, providing a clear representation of a similar or related work
  • Due to the high volume of proposals received, the Frist Center is not able to return materials.


Proposals will be accepted until August 1 of each year. The curatorial committee will notify the selected artist(s) by January 15 of the following year. Late proposals will be considered for subsequent years’ exhibitions.

Please send proposals to:

Exhibitions Department
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

For Further Information:

For further information, please contact Kayla Ingram, Design & Exhibitions Coordinator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203; (615) 744-3326; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

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