Frist Center for the Visual Arts
|Frist Center for the Visual Arts|
Nashville's Art-Deco style Frist Center was originally the city's main post office building
Nashville, TN 37203 (United States)
|Type||Art Center, Art museum |
|Director||Susan H. Edwards|
|Website||Frist Center for the Visual Arts|
US Post Office
|Location||901 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Area||2.5 acres (1.0 ha)|
|Architect||Marr & Holman|
|Architectural style||Moderne, Art Deco|
|Governing body||U.S. POSTAL SERVICE|
|MPS||Marr and Holman Buildings in Downtown Nashville TR (AD)|
|NRHP Reference #||84000580|
|Added to NRHP||November 15, 1984|
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an art museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
The museum is housed in what used to be the main post office designed by Marr & Holman Architects for the city of Nashville, which had been built in 1933-34 near Union Station, since most mail at that time was moved by train. As the city grew, the need for a more up-to-date main facility was obvious. When a new main post office was built in 1986, the historic old facility became a downtown branch using only a small portion of one floor.
In the early 1990s Thomas F. Frist, Jr., and his family, through the charitable Frist Foundation, took up the task of converting the old post office into an art museum. They implemented a public/private venture between the Frist Foundation, the U.S. Postal Service, and the city of Nashville. The museum opened in April 2001.
In 1999 the City of Nashville took ownership of the building from the U.S. Postal Service for the purpose of creating the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. A renovated post office branch was opened in the basement in 1999.
The art center consists of approximately 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2) of gallery space, used to present visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions.
Visitors age 18 and younger are admitted to the Frist Center free of charge.
As a non-collecting museum, the Frist Center does not have a permanent collection; rather, the museum focuses on creating exhibitions as well as securing traveling exhibitions from around the country and the world.
September 21, 2012 - January 13, 2013: Carrie Mae Weems: Thirty Decades of Photography and Video is the artist's first retrospective. Brian Alfred: It's Already the End of the World accompanies this exhibit in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery.
October 19, 2012 to February 10, 2013: German Expressionism from the Detroit Institute of Arts shows paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Franz Marc from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts: About. ARTINFO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28
- Frist Center: From the Director
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Myers, Jim (2012-12-24). "Sylvia Hyman, renowned ceramic artist, dies at age 95". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
- German Expressionism at the Frist, Nashville Arts Magazine, 17 October 2012
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