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Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (Nashville, TN)

1220 21st Avenue South

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Recently relocated to the historic McKim, Mead and White building (also known as Cohen Memorial Hall) on Vanderbilt’s Peabody campus, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery contains a permanent collection of nearly 6,000 works of art.

The collection began in 1956 with a donation from Anna C. Hoyt of 105 modern and Old Master prints, and has grown steadily in the years since to reflect the entire history of the arts in the Eastern and Western worlds.  With numerous donations over the past decades, the Gallery has developed strong collections of East Asian art, paintings of the Old Masters and Barbizon school, as well as African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian artwork.

In recent years, the Gallery has turned its efforts to collecting contemporary works of art.  The Gallery’s focus is on developing temporary exhibitions and often features works on loan or traveling exhibitions in addition to works from the permanent collection.  The permanent collection is not available to be viewed in its entirety, but can be browsed on its online database.

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (Nashville, TN) Information

  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, noon-4 pm (Thursdays until 8 pm); Weekends, 1-5 pm.
  • Admission: Gallery admission is free of charge.