3 of 13 Types of Tennessee Recreational Facilities--Art Museums
Tennessee Art Museums
Chattanooga: Hunter Museum of American Art
The Hunter Museum of American Art is an art museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The museum's collections include works representing the Hudson River School, 19th century genre painting, American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, early modernism, regionalism, and post World War II modern and contemporary art.
The building itself represents three distinct architectural stages: the original 1904 classical revival mansion designed by Abram Garfield, the son of president James A. Garfield, which has housed the museum since its opening in 1952, a brutalist addition built in 1975, and a 2005 addition designed by Randall Stout which now serves as the entrance to the museum.
The Hunter Museum of American Art includes 100 years of architectures and the most complete collection of American art in the Southeast. The museum also travels nationally for exhibits and curated shows. "The collection spans from the colonial period to present day and covers a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, contemporary studio glass, and crafts." In 2006 the museum received national recognition from the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steels awards program. "The award recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects around the country. The Hunter Museum project earned Merit Award recognition in the category of Projects $15–$75 million." In June 2015, the Hunter Museum of Art announced on their official website that they had chosen a new executive director, Virginia Ann Sharber.
Knoxville: Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA), located at 1050 World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, presents the rich visual legacy of East Tennessee and new art from the region and beyond. According to its mission statement, the museum "celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, enhances Knoxville's quality of life, and operates ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a public trust.
In its early years the museum focused mostly on ambitious traveling exhibitions. Its collection and programming has since evolved to focus increasingly on Southern Appalachian culture and artists from the East Tennessee region. Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee is a permanent exhibition that highlights the works of noted native artists such as Lloyd Branson, Catherine Wiley, Joseph Delaney, Beauford Delaney, and Bessie Harvey, as well as major artists from outside the region who produced significant work in the Knoxville area, such as Ansel Adams and Elliot Porter.
Another permanent exhibition, Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond, is part of the museum's effort to introduce new art and new ideas. It features works from a wide range of artists, including Gordon Cheung, Ori Gersht, Red Grooms, Wade Guyton, Robert Longo, Loretta Lux, William Morris, Ulf Puder, Hiraki Sawa, Kenneth Snelson, Robert Stackhouse, and Anne Wilson. A new permanent exhibition of modern and contemporary studio glass highlights a collection area growing in strength, with important works by Harvey Littleton, Karen LaMonte, Andrew Erdos, and William Morris. In the Spring of 2014, the museum unveiled a permanent glass installation Richard Jolley, Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity. Made possible by a gift from Ann and Steve Bailey, it is the largest figural glass installation in the world.
The museum has a collection of nine Thorne Miniature Rooms. The rooms are notable miniatures, designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne in the 1930s and 1940s. The largest collection of Thorne Miniature Rooms is located at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Memphis: Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
The Art Museum of the University of Memphis (officially known as the Art Museum at the University of Memphis, or simply as AMUM) is located at 3750 Norriswood Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. It is the principal art museum of the University of Memphis. The museum was opened in 1981 as The University Gallery; in 1994 the gallery received its present name.
The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm, it is closed on University holidays. Admission to the museum is free and there is no charge for tours
The museum houses several permanent exhibits. One permanent exhibit is the "Egyptian Collection" of antiquities and archaeological artifacts. The first 44 objects of the Egyptian exhibit were purchased from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts in 1975. The collection of Egyptian antiquities at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis is the largest collection of its kind in the Southern United States. More objects were added to the collection by donations from individuals or institutions.
The second permanent exhibit is the "African Collection" with art pieces and artifacts on display. In 2009, new objects stemming from a donation are integrated into the collection of African art and artifacts. The third permanent exhibit is the "Works on Paper Collection" which consists of circa 90 prints which were purchased from museums or acquired through donations.
Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an art museum in Nashville, Tennessee, housed in the city's historic U.S. Post Office building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is housed in a white marble building that was built in the 1930s to serve as Nashville's main post office. Designed by Marr & Holman Architects, it was built in 1933-34. Its location near Union Station was convenient for mail distribution, since most mail at that time was moved by train.
By the 1980s, downtown was no longer a good location for postal distribution. When a new main post office was built near the airport 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, identified the post office building, an example of Art Deco and Stripped Classicism style, as a good location for a proposed downtown art museum. The Foundation implemented a public-private venture between the foundation, the U.S. Postal Service, and the city of Nashville. In 1999 the City of Nashville acquired the building from the U.S. Postal Service for the purpose of creating the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, paying $4.4 million. The city contributed $15 million toward renovation of the building, and the Frist Foundation and Frist family contributed $25 million for the renovation and to start an endowment for the art museum. The city owns the building, but granted the Frist Center a 99-year lease for $1 per year. A renovated post office branch was opened in the basement in 1999.
The museum opened in April 2001. 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.
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.
Information regarding past, current and future exhibitions is found on the Frist Center's website: http://fristcenter.org/Each exhibition page contains detailed information about exhibition-related programs and an array of resources, including gallery guides, audio guides, videos and additional information from varying sources.
Fristkids.org is a family-friendly Frist Center site that contains a wealth of information for families and young artists. Included on this site is a series of videos produced in conjunction with Nashville Public Television. Art is All Around You is an Emmy Award-winning series that invites young artists to learn about art as they move through and look at their own worlds. Each video introduces and explores an art idea -- movement, shape, shadow, public art, pattern, color, visiting a museum. Details for a related art activity are included with every video, so young artists and their families can learn more about art as they share an art-making experience.
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