Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts

By John McBryde on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 17:07

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit art-exhibition center, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions.

The downtown Nashville museum has become a magnet for the city’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries.

Kids Love the Martin ArtQuest Gallery

One of the most popular locations in the center is Martin ArtQuest Gallery‚ a hands-on gallery that was designed for children but sees people of all ages enjoying its 30 different activity stations. The space underwent a redesign in 2006 that includes a new entrance‚ a reading area and several new stations. Among the highlights of ArtQuest are art-making stations‚ where children can experiment with sculpture‚ watercolor and a printing press.

The architectural area‚ with its myriad of building blocks‚ is also a big hit – for kids young and old. What sets ArtQuest apart from similar interactive spaces is the fact that it’s not only interactive but is also a place where participants make their own art. They can develop their own digital portfolio of their creations and access it at the center’s art library or online.

Frist Center Gift Shop and Café

The Frist Center also include a gift shop featuring an array of art prints, books, educational materials, art supplies, clothing, blown glass, pottery, and magnificent jewelry made by local and regional artisans. The popular Frist Center Café features a variety of delicious homemade soups, luscious desserts, salads, and sandwiches and is a popular gathering place for brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings when the Frist Center stays open until 9 p.m.

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John has written for Livability since 2012. He has also handled a variety of freelance writing and editing assignments for newspapers, magazines, online media, chamber of commerce publications, state ...

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