Nashville City Art Galleries

Arts at the Airport

One Terminal Drive   Nashville, TN  37214

615.275.1614

Arts at the Airport

Open 24 hours per day

Centennial Art Center lobby, Nashville, Tennessee

Centennial Art Center

The Centennial Art Center is located in the 25th Avenue North and Park Plaza corner of Nashville, Tennessee's beautiful, historic Centennial Park. The Center serves as headquarters for the Visual Arts Department of the larger Cultural Arts Division of Nashville’s Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation. Originally built as a swimming complex in 1932, it closed in 1959 and was renovated in 1971, becoming the first Metro Nashville owned structure rehabilitated for “Adaptive Reuse”.

Tucked within an attractive brick walled courtyard in back of Centennial Art Center’s building, are attractive outdoor areas that include performance, exhibition and workspace. The former pool is now a sculpture display garden and pond surrounded by an impressive herb garden created and maintained by The Herb Society of Nashville. The adjacent courtyard is furnished with umbrella tables and chairs, creating a wonderful area for picnics, a gathering of friends, club meetings or just relaxing. It is free and open to the public Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and is available for rental during other hours.

Under the leadership of Brenda McSurley – Metro Park’s Visual Arts Supervisor and Centennial Art Center’s Director – the Art Center has two studio/classrooms where popular, affordable art classes including drawing, painting, pottery and sculpture are taught by well-respected artists. Many area artists' careers began through the Center’s classes, and both past and current students consistently win awards in juried exhibitions.

Centennial Art Center’s main building also contains a gallery that hosts exhibits and sales of a variety of media by professional visual artists. Each exhibit opens with an Artist’s Reception, giving the Nashville public an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow visual arts supporters. During the month of December, the popular Holiday Season Exhibition and Sale is held to benefit “Arts in the Parks”, a non profit organization, the exhibit features works by Cultural Arts’ Staff and students.

“The mission of Metro Parks and Recreations' Visual Arts Program is to provide and expand quality art and cultural experiences within Metro Parks' facilities via classes, workshops, art exhibitions and gallery/museum field trips for the citizens and visitors of Metro Nashville, Davidson County.”

— Mission Statement of Metro Parks Visual Arts Program

Centennial Art Center

Park Plaza corner of Nashville’s Centennial Park

301 25th Avenue North   Nashville, TN  37203

615.862.8442

Centennial Art Center

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Friday - Sunday

Metro Arts Gallery

800 2nd Avenue South, 4th Floor   Nashville, TN  37219

615.862.6720

Metro Arts Gallery

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nashville Public Library Art Gallery

615 Church Street   Nashville, TN  37219

615.862.5800

Library Art Gallery

Open during regular library hours

Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

401 Charlotte Avenue   Nashville, TN  37243

615.741.1701

Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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