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“Beautiful place with very nice art exhibits” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Frist Center for Visual Arts

Frist Center for Visual Arts
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 (Downtown Nashville)
615-244-3340
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Ranked #17 of 96 Attractions in Nashville
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Since opening in 2001, the Frist Center for Visual Arts has hosted a spectacular array of art from around the world. Not only an important cultural focal point for the city of Nashville, it is also a significant architectural structure, occupying one of Nashville’s great historic landmarks, the former main post office. Constructed from 1933 to 1934 under the direction of the local architectural firm of Marr & Holman, it displays both of the most distinctive architectural styles of the period: Classicism and Art Deco.
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Decatur, Alabama
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“Beautiful place with very nice art exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

This museum hosts some very nice art. The architecture of this old post office is amazing!

Visited June 2012
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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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“Great Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I am a member of the Frist Center and I enjoy the various exhibits that they have through out the year. The building is beautiful and next to Union Station

Visited December 2011
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Get your art on!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Today is "Free" day at the Frist and they have a few exhibits that are commanding a lot of attention.
The first one, Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal, or hybrid creatures to symbolize life's mysteries, desires, and fears.
I wasn't particularly enthralled with that exhibit, BUT...
The first international exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection to feature an overview of the museum's renowned American collection, To See as Artists See incorporates nearly 100 works by 68 artists, including outstanding paintings by George Inness, Winslow Homer, Edward Hicks, Edward Hopper, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin, Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, and many others.
The Phillip Collection is a MUST see.. Beautiful art work done on canvas, wood paneling, hard wood.. Beautiful, beautiful work and it's worthy of a good hour of your time.....
if you appreciate a good painting!

Since opening in 1921, the Phillips has been an active champion of American art, singling out artists who followed their own vision independent of fashionable styles and schools. Its collection of American masterworks celebrates the best of American art from the late 19th through the 20th century.

Very much worth your time... and today is Free day.
Go have a coffee, or a salad at the Frist Cafe.. It's a beautiful day to be wandering the city!

Visited February 2012
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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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“Great Displays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

I really enjoyed the quality of art displayed at the Frist Center. There are more than one level in the building, so there are always at least 2 collections being shown.

Visited March 2012
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Morrison, Colorado
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“Nice little museum, great venue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

This art museum in situated in a beautifully-restored 1930's Post Office ... that still has some Post Office functions. Apart from the museum there is a cafe that is reportedly a good place for lunch and a well-kept gift store.

When we visited there were basically two traveling exhibits: "Creation Story - Gee's Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial", and "Bill Traylor". None of the four of us are true art cognoscenti, so some of the value of the expositions went over our heads. We all appreciated the Gee's Bend quilts and came away more knowledgeable than when we arrived. None of us cared for Thornton Dial's work ... we lacked the taste for it ... but it was obvious why it was paired with the quilts. Bill Traylor's primitive work was interesting, but again we lacked the appreciation.

I am certain that as the exhibitions change there will be lots to admire. The venue is first-rate and everyone at the museum makes you feel exceptionally welcome. You won't spend a full day here, but it is absolutely worth the short visit required to see it.

Visited June 2012
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