Break into the Nashville Art Scene with Artist and Venue Information

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Jul 20, 2016 Art , , , , , , , , 12 Comments

It’s no secret that Nashville is bursting with artists and opportunities for them.  The biggest problem is connecting artists and those opportunities in one simple spot.

The great news is that there are many people aware of this and have already started doing something to resolve it. Metro Nashville Arts recently launched their new artist directory on NowPlayingNashville.com and I highly recommend you create a profile or just check it out to discover our talented creative community.

So even though there’s a lot already going to help artists there are still many unanswered questions from artists who want to get involved, but just don’t know where to start.  To resolved this issue, I’ve compiled a list of everything I’ve learned over the years to help you get shown and sold.  If I’m missing something, please leave a comment and let’s start a conversation about how we can all help each other to maximize our presence in Nashville.  I’m happy to continue editing this list so please send in your suggestions!

If you’re not an artist, just an artist lover/buyer please look over this list to see where you can purchase local art all over the city.

1. Get Involved Online

Create an Artist Profile on NowPlayingNashville.com
Submit art events on NowPlayingNashville.com
Subscribe to Metro Nashville Arts Commission Arts Alert Newsletter
Subscribe to Art Talk Nashville Google Group
Subscribe to Art Leads

Connect to the Arts and Business Council
Connect to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Facebook Group: Nashville Creative Group

2. Show Your Art

On going shows:
Downtown Art Crawl 1st Saturday of every month
Franklin Art Scene 1st Friday of every month

Art Opportunities by Location

For more details, on the following list, Google it! This list is updated from time to time, if you have a suggestion — leave a comment!

Downtown:
Tennessee Art League
Rymer Gallery
Dunn Bros Coffee
First Presbyterian Church
Tinney Contemporary
O Gallery
Downtown Nashville Library
The Arts Company
Metro Nashville Arts Commission Gallery
Visitor’s Bureau
Chromatics Second Floor Gallery

Vanderbilt/West End:
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Local Color Gallery
The Parthenon
Midtown Gallery and Framers
Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University
Edgehill Cafe

Hillsboro Village:
Bombasha Streak House
See Eyewear
Village of Flowers
Sweet CeCe’s
Jackson’s Bar and Bistro
Fido
A Thousand Faces

Belmont/12South/8th:
Two Moon Gallery
Edley’s BBQ
Bloom Flower Shop
Frothy Monkey
That’s Cool

Wedgewood/Houston
David Lusk
Channel to Channel
Zeitgeist
Fort Houston
Julia Martin
Abrasive Media

East Nashville:
Red Arrow Gallery
Art and Invention Gallery
Blackbird Tattoo and Gallery
Bongo Java
Sip Cafe
Ugly Mugs
Fanny’s House of Music

Green Hills/Belle Meade:
Bennett Galleries
Green Hills Library
Starbucks
Elan Hair
Cumberland Gallery
Lequire Gallery
York and Friends Fine Art
Richland Fine Art
Gallery One Fine Art

Berry Hill:
Aura Salon

Sylvan Park:
Local Taco

Yearly Juried Shows
Harding Art Show
Brentwood Academy Show
David Lipscomb Show
Tomato Art Festival
Dogwood Festival
American Artisan Festival
TACA
Arts at the Airport
Artclectic
Christ the King Art Show

Artist Supplies:
PLAZA Artist Materials
Jerry’s Artorama
Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Hobby Lobby Franklin
Hobby Lobby Hermitage


Comments

  • Tracy Yarbrough
    Jul 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM Reply

    wow, thank you! great information all in one spot! I would also add Artfusion to the yearly juried art shows.

  • jon stone
    Jul 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM Reply

    Beth

    This is an awesome website. Keep up the fine work.

    Jon

  • Melissa Amato
    Sep 23, 2013 at 2:51 AM Reply

    THANK YOU! This is a great list for anyone (like myself) trying to figure out their way in the Nashville Art Scene.

    1. Beth Inglish
      Sep 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM Reply

      Glad you like it! Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if this list needs editing.

  • Bill V
    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM Reply

    Hello-

    I’m new to the Nashville area and currently live in Mount Juliet. I recently started doing abstract paintings and am looking to get into the art seen to sell my work. Basically looking for info on where and when local art show dates and how to get a booth to set up my paintings. Thank you!

    1. Beth Inglish
      Oct 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM Reply

      Dear Bill,

      Thanks so much for commenting! Please join the Nashville Creative Group on facebook to join in on the conversation, see art opportunities and to get involved in the scene. https://www.facebook.com/groups/517264021657076/

      Best,
      Beth

  • Susan Stopinski
    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM Reply

    Hello! This is such a wonderful list I have stumbled upon! Thank you! My daughter moved to Nashville 2 years ago as a makeup artist. As my husband and I enter retirement soon we are spending time each year in Nashville. I am looking to connect in community through my art. This is so helpful! Thank you again. It feels as friendly as all the people Ive met in Nashville!

  • J. R. Heiple
    Nov 28, 2015 at 7:57 AM Reply

    Very good information on where / how to get connected in the area.
    Thank you !

    1. Beth Inglish
      Nov 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM Reply

      Glad you found it helpful!

  • Kyle Coffman
    May 22, 2016 at 9:02 AM Reply

    The BORO Art Crawl in Murfreesboro has just started up in the past six months or so. The next BORO Art Crawl is June 9th & 10th. Also, RAWartists has shows in Nashville every few months where many artists can showcase their work. The next on is June 28th at the City Winery called RAWNashville TREND.

  • George Mc Elligott
    Oct 24, 2016 at 3:44 PM Reply

    I’m an artist who has just moved here from Ireland, and I found this page !! It will be invaluable I’m sure in helping me to get involved ,and help me sell my art ! Thank you Beth Inglish .

    1. Beth Inglish
      Nov 8, 2016 at 11:12 AM Reply

      No problem! 🙂 Please join the Nashville Creative Group!

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