The Art Gallery at the Main library presents exhibitions that promote access to and stimulate interest in a wide variety of ideas. The gallery is open during the library’s regular hours. Admission to the gallery is free and the public is welcome to all events.
Funding for the Art Gallery made possible by generous gifts to the Nashville Public Library Foundation.
As an institution that serves all of Davidson County in its branches and main library, the Library will focus on presenting exhibitions that are either, but not limited to:
- related to the particular focus of the Library by highlighting the library’s collections, programs, and services;
- drawn from the Library’s collections and resources;
- specific to the Nashville area including but not limited to exhibitions which would stimulate interest in some aspect of its history;
- co-curated with other institutions, museums, art galleries, libraries and agencies to provide a thematic examination of a particular area of interest to the Library as described in its Mission Statement;
- curated by other institutions, as described above, agencies or individuals and are of the highest quality and provide examination or viewing of a particular area of interest to the Library as described in its Mission Statement.
How are exhibits chosen?
At the main library, exhibition proposals should be directed to the Library’s Arts Coordinator. At each of the branches they should be submitted to the Branch Manager. They are subject to review by an Exhibitions Committee that shall include, but is not limited to: a Library Board and Foundation member; the Library’s Director and Arts Coordinator; a Branch Manager, and a member of the professional art community. The Exhibition Committee will make recommendations to the Director who will then approve or disapprove the recommendation based solely on guidelines set in this policy.
Before submitting a proposal, please review the complete Exhibitions Policy (pdf).