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Frist Center offers Free Admission, extends hours January 15th 2010 to Celebrate Inauguration


The Birth of Impressionism Galleries Open Until Midnight

Frist Center for the Visual ArtsNashville, TN – To celebrate the inauguration of Bill Haslam as Tennessee’s next governor, the Frist Center will offer free admission on inauguration day, Saturday, January 15th, 2011, and will extend hours until midnight that evening with a number of special activities planned from 5:00pm–9:00pm.

“We are pleased to join other cultural institutions in Tennessee to commemorate this day in our state’s history,” said Frist Center Executive Director Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D. “We hope visitors to Nashville (as well as our own neighbors in the local community) will take advantage of this special opportunity to see the magnificent Birth of Impressionism exhibition from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris before it leaves Nashville January 23rd to return to France.”

The Birth of Impressionism features Manet, Monet, Renoir

The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is on view in the Ingram Gallery.  The exhibition provides a broad context for understanding the roots of Modernism by combining seminal works by innovators such as Manet, Monet, Renoir and Cézanne with Salon painters such as Bougeureau and artists like Degas, Fantin-Latour and Whistler who all moved between convention and innovation. 

Nashville is one of only three cities in the world to host this exhibition, which includes 17 paintings not seen elsewhere.  When the exhibition closes at the Frist Center January 23rd, 2011, it will return to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Special Gift Shop Sale

The Frist Center Gift Shop will offer a day-long progressive sale on select merchandise. A 5 percent discount will be offered from 10:00am–6:00pm. From 6:00pm–9:00pm, the discount increases to 10 percent, and from 9:00pm–12:00am, merchandise will be discounted 15 percent. Frist Center Members may add these discounts to their already existing 10 percent member discounts.

Free Music in the Grand Lobby

From 6:00pm–10:30pm, there will be free music in the Grand Lobby provided by the Kristin Hubbard Jazz Trio, playing from 6:00pm–8:00pm, and classical Spanish guitarist Carlos Enrique, performing from 8:30pm–10:30 pm.

Exhibition Sponsors

The Frist Center gratefully acknowledges the exhibition sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals
Gold Sponsor: First Tennessee
Silver Sponsor:  Dream Systems. 

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Exhibition Credits

The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with gratitude for exceptional loans from the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

About the Frist Center

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, is an art exhibition center dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, regional, U.S. and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions.

Gallery admission to the Frist Center is free for visitors 18 and younger and to Frist Center members. Frist Center regular admission for The Birth of Impressionism is $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for seniors, military and college students with ID.  During The Birth of Impressionism, college students are admitted for $5.00 Thursday and Friday evenings, 5:00pm–9:00pm. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling 615-744-3246.

The Frist Center is open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00am–5:30pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00am–9:00pm and Sundays, 1:00pm–5:30pm, with the Frist Center Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615-244-3340 or by visiting our Web site at




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