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Carl Van Vechten Gallery
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Fisk University’s famed Alfred Stieglitz Collection has returned to Nashville. After two years hanging in the Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas, the artwork will get an unveiling here on April 7.

Alanna Styer

For over a year, a Nashville artist went on an unusual pilgrimage: She travelled around the country, to sites in 15 cities and towns where people of color were killed in encounters with police.

Alanna Styer. a recent graduate of Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, undertook the journey for her senior thesis. She photographed street corners, business storefronts, and other outdoor spaces that have this one grievous commonality. She called the project “Where It Happened.”

Anthonis Mor, 1549 (oil on canvas) / Dukes of Alba Collection, Liria Palace, Madrid

Visitors to Nashville’s Frist Center have a rare opportunity right now: the chance to see works by master artists that are normally displayed where only Europe’s elite can see them.  The paintings, tapestries and books belong to one of Spain’s most storied noble families, the House of Alba.


A statue of a boxer by Nashville artist William Edmondson has drawn a record-setting price at auction — $785,000, the highest price ever garnered for what's called "outsider art."

Edmondson did briefly achieve insider status during his lifetime: In 1937, he became the first African-American to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

Courtesy of Triple Point

Next week, hundreds of video gamers — many decked out in costumes — will head to a place where they typically don't hang out: the Nashville Symphony.

The occasion? A set of gaming-themed concerts that the symphony is putting on to attract this segment of the audience.

The orchestra and chorus will be performing the score from The Legend of Zelda, an epic, high-fantasy gaming series that’s about to celebrate its 30th anniversary. 

Macon St. Hilaire Nashville art
Gallery Luperca

A Nashville gallery has challenged artists to show their love for the city, with one catch. The artwork that debuts this weekend cannot depict the downtown skyline.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Some authors hope to get their books turned into movies. After all, it comes with a lot of publicity and a big paycheck. But a book by Nashville award-winning author Ann Patchett had its world premiere this month in a different form — as an opera. 

Annika Best

When presidential candidates call Syrian refugees a threat to national security, Annika Best cringes. The Nashvillian spent five weeks on the ground with Syrians living in settlement camps in Lebanon, and now, she's using photography to show Americans the faces of those stuck in the middle of crisis.

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Belmont University paid tribute to “Star Wars” on Thursday morning as the bell tower carrilon rang out an eight-minute medley from the iconic film score. 

Lyric Opera of Chicago

An opera based on a 2001 novel by Nashville award-winning author Ann Patchett debuted this week in Chicago. The musical version of Bel Canto, which is loosely based on a hostage situation in Peru’s capital in the '90s, was commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago.