Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

1220 21st Avenue South

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery features six exhibitions each year that represent the diversity of artistic production today, as well as throughout the history of Eastern and Western art. In addition to exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection and organized from public and private sources, a number of traveling exhibitions are presented as well. Additionally, a portion of the gallery space is frequently dedicated to the exhibition of selected works from the permanent collection.


Su Williams

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
The shows are always thought provoking and beautifully displayed.

Nate G

Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

Upcoming Events at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Exhibition - Joyce Tenneson: Botanical Beauty

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Nashville, TN
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Exhibition - America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

Nashville, TN -- Everett Raymond Kinstler, now 91 years old, is America’s foremost portrait painter. In his career, he has rendered portraits of more than 2,000 individuals—leaders in almost every professional field, including eight Unite…

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Exhibition - Marilyn Murphy: Realism Subverted at Art Gallery

This exhibition is presented in honor of Marilyn Murphy, who will retire in 2017 after thirty-seven years of teaching in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University. Marilyn Murphy—Realism Subverted will feature paintings and drawings in which r…

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Exhibition: 'Forging Identity -- Imagining the Enemy: American Propaganda and the Great War'

The United States of America declared war on Germany on April 2, 1917, beginning our country’s official entry into what was known then as the Great War and, more ominously, the War to End All Wars. America’s official declaration of war required m…

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Exhibition: Selma Freeman Ramsey and the Social Realist Tradition

Presented in honor of the artist’s son, Matthew Ramsey, professor of history, emeritus, Selma Freeman Ramsey and the Social Realist Tradition spans 150 years of art about urban life.Social realism evolved as an artistic movement in the early- to mi…

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Exhibition: Memento Mori - Looking at Death in Art and Illustration

Drawing on the combined resources of Vanderbilt University’s Eskind Biomedical Library and Fine Arts Gallery collections, Memento Mori—Looking at Death in Art and Illustration will reveal multiple perspectives on the nature of death and our attem…

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Register for Saturday University Spring 2015

Saturday University presents Rhyme and Reason: Conversations on the Craft of Writing With highly acclaimed poets Mark Jarman and Jane HirshfieldMarch 28th, April 18th and April 25th, 2015In collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Department of English and …

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Register for Saturday University Fall 2014

Unusual Suspects: Characters Who Made History  Once again, we are proud to have a most impressive team of professors lecturing in this  Saturday University. Lectures will be held on Saturdays mornings. Each session will include light refreshments a…

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Exhibit: Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination

Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination is presented to coincide with the fall 2013 Vanderbilt Commons Reading, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco. In his book, which will be read by all incoming Vanderbilt first-year s…

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Four Hundred Years of British Art: Highlights from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection

British art constitutes an important aspect of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery’s collections. This comprehensive survey will be the first of its kind in over two decades to draw on the nearly 300 British objects held by the Gallery.…

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Exhibition: Mark di Suvero - Affinities

Presented on the occasion of Vanderbilt University’s acquisition of a major work of outdoor sculpture by Mark di Suvero, this exhibition will highlight a selection of drawings by this seminal American artist, along with a 1985 documentary film …

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