Martin ArtQuest

Discovering art is fun in the Martin ArtQuest® Gallery!

  • Courtesy of Stephanie Brauer Photography

  • 2009 Sanford Myers Photography


Approach the Upper Level of the Frist Center and you can hear the lively sounds of visitors having fun in the award-winning Martin ArtQuest Gallery, the Frist Center’s colorful interactive space. Often called the heart and soul of the Frist Center, ArtQuest’s thirty incredible hands-on stations inspire visitors to become artists as they learn about art. Visitors of all ages are invited and encouraged to create prints and collages, sketch and paint, or explore the essentials of art, including color, pattern, texture, and perspective. The activities at the stations change as the Frist Center’s exhibitions change, so there’s always something new to try!

ArtQuest is not just for kids. Everyone is welcome to come in and learn about and make art. It’s not at all unusual to see a grandparent, parent, and child all participating in the same engaging activity.

ArtQuest is staffed by trained art educators and knowledgeable volunteers to help everyone create and learn about art!

Martin ArtQuest will undergo extensive renovation during the beginning of 2018 and reopen in the spring. The Frist Center welcomes gifts of any amount. Thank you so much for your support!


Quotes from our visitors
"Wonderful, unplugged rainy day activity. We love it: all the way from Indiana."

"It's amazing to watch how children who consider art 'boring' suddenly become creative here--almost in spite of themselves! It awakens creativity in all of us"

"We love how creativity comes alive here! The variety in the projects and instructions are top notch."

"As a military family, we always try to find creative ways to spend time with each other. This by far was one of the best museum experiences."

Monday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m. 



  1. Art Essentials: These activities examine specific elements of art, such as line, color, and texture.
  2. Art Materials and Techniques: These activities encourage visitors to create artworks using a variety of artistic media and methods.
  3. Art and Meaning: These activities provide visitors with opportunities to think about and discuss art with others.

For the safety of your child, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while visiting ArtQuest.



The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is deeply grateful to our generous Martin ArtQuest Gallery Benefactors:

  • Ellen H. Martin, Charles N. Martin, and the Martin Foundation
  • The Cal Turner Family Foundation
  • The William Stamps Farish Fund


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