Martin ArtQuest

Discovering art is fun in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery!

  • 2009 Sanford Myers Photography



Boy in ArtQuest at drawing stationApproach 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!

Quote from a soon-to-be visitor to the Frist sent via email!
"I just peeked at your website - and I have to tell you that I want to pack up my 7 year old and hop in our car right now and come visit you!!  Unfortunately we live 3.5 hours away and she is in school :-(  But I assure you we'll visit you the next time we are in Nashville!! I love that you have a special section on your website for people that plan to visit with children.  I usually abide by most of the suggestions you made, but it was GREAT to actually see it in print for people to think about before they visit.  I think people don't realize how much fun kids can have at a facility like yours and therefore don't take the time to bring them.  We've never shied away from bringing our daughter to places like yours - which is why I believe she has an appreciation for art and galleries, even at such a young age!  I can't wait to let her have fun in your Martin ArtQuest!!
Denise B., Louisville, KY


Take a brief tour of the Martin ArtQuest Gallery and see what there is to explore and do!

Martin ArtQuest Gallery Hours:

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

The stations in ArtQuest introduce three areas of art learning:

  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.

ArtQuest Card and Digital Portfolio

Visitors can generate their own digital portfolio, which contains works of art they create in ArtQuest. The portfolio may be accessed in ArtQuest via the ArtQuest Card, or on-line at Project Access via your ArtQuest ID number.


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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