Quality Inn Exit 4
3095 Wilma Rudolph Blvd
Clarksville, TN 37040
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Arts & Museums
This exquisite collection of African American art is housed on the third floor of the library at Fisk University, which is one of America's oldest universities founded for African Americans. The collection includes paintings, watercolors, sculptures and prints by such artists as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Malvin Gray Johnson, Aaron Douglas and James Lesesne Wells. Elsewhere in the library, visitors may view abstract paintings and copper repousse sculpture by Gregory Ridley, pastel portraits by Winold Reiss (1881-1953) and drawings by Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1975). Baldridge was an illustrator who traveled along the east and west coasts of Africa and parts of Ethiopia. His art served as a visual diary of his trip. Telephone in advance if you need disabled access.
This beautiful Victorian home turned art gallery is named after Carl Van Vechten, New York photographer and art patron. The Stiegletz Collection includes pieces by American artists John Marin, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and other modernists. Visitors will enjoy Van Vechten photographs, including the Harlem Renaissance, plus special collections from Fisk University. The first floor of the gallery hosts temporary exhibits, which change frequently. If you are an avid art lover, this gallery is a must visit.
Bicentennial Mall was constructed to offer the city of Nashville a central location for multicultural events. It is only fitting, therefore, that this small gallery near the park displays the city's best African art. Photographer and gallery owner Carlton Wilkinson has spent the better part of his life putting together this collection of paintings, sculpture and photographs. He expresses his passion by providing space to local and regional artists. Exhibits change regularly, so call for the current artist and theme.
Spread over 9.5 acres (3.8 ha) of land, the South Union Shakertown Historic District is a beautiful historic site that features multiple styles and designs of architecture. The place is a great visit area that helps learn about the shaker way of life. With several structures, museum, unique gift shops, overnight lodges, etc. the district is a perfect tourist attraction and an educational institution that has preserved the beauty of Shaker, it's landscapes, folk life and also it's material culture.
It is fitting that the "Athens of the South" is home to the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Parthenon. Forty-six Doric columns encircle the building. The largest bronze doors in the world, weighing 7.5 tons each, stand at the East and West entrances. Featured is Athena Parthenos, the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Sculptures and friezes are modeled from Elgin Marbles at the British Museum in London. There are also four art galleries. While the prices are reasonable, you can avail discounts for groups of ten or more with a reservation.
From the pre-historic villages of Native Americans through early 1900s, Tennessee State Museum traces the rich and diverse history of the land that came to be called Tennessee. The powder horn of Davy Crocket, the Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Alvin York, the hat of President Andrew Jackson and artifacts representing the daily life of ordinary folks are on display. Military history buffs will be especially interested in the military section, which chronicles Tennessee's involvement from the Spanish American War to World War II.
Be intrigued by some of the best contemporary art in Nashville at this university center that features works by student, regional, and national artists in ten exhibits a year. The art is some of the least commercial one can find in Nashville. It is often eye-catching and related to various topics and themes. The display area is small but open and lends itself to eye-catching presentations that entice those passing by to stop and look. Admission: Free.
The realization of a dream is what the O Gallery Art means for artist Olga Alexeeva. Born and raised in Russia, this artist's experience and journey tells the story of many immigrants who have contributed so much to the cultural and artistic heritage of the country as a whole. Located in downtown, in the famous Nashville Arcade, this art gallery is where the ethereal world of colors, creativity, and divine inspiration materializes on canvas. As a contribution to the city's vibrant art scene, O Gallery Art presents the works of upcoming as well as established artists, and also organizes workshops for experienced painters as well as amateurs. Visit the website to find out more.
While many galleries in the Nashville area provide a venue for local artisans, this is the only space where you will find the works of Norris Hall. Well recognized throughout middle Tennessee and the southeastern United States, Hall has been commissioned by many state organizations to design logos, caricatures and oil renditions of historic places. Other items of note are the sculptures and folk art. Many local artisans schedule showings and lectures in this small gallery.
Whether female or male, when you visit the Vanderbilt University campus, take some time to visit Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. It offers a diverse collection of art and writings. The library holds volumes of books that chronicle the women's movement in America, and the art gallery displays paintings and sculptures that were inspired by advocates of gender equality. Throughout the year, special exhibits are held in the gallery to display the work of local female artists.
This obscure midtown gallery presents small sculptures, original paintings and photographs, exclusively by local artists. There are no formal showings or openings. The work moves in and out of the gallery so quickly that such events would be difficult to schedule. The displays are a bit disconnected, and there is little formal organization here. Paintings and photographs hang side by side in a haphazard manner. Sculptures and small crafted items share glass cases. The studio's eclectic layout, with a series of rooms connected by doors, perfectly accents the varied works. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon and spend a few dollars on an original piece to liven up your decor.
Shelton Gallery displays and sells folk art, work by local artists and knick-knacks. Curators constantly seek out new and exciting exhibits for the Nashville art crowd. Some pieces can be pricey, like an original watercolor by Nashville's Red Grooms going for $30,000. The gallery does not specialize in sculpture, but the pieces it does show are clever and unusual. Take your time. There's a lot to see, and you'll want to see it all.