The Best Local Galleries In Nashville, Tennessee

Photo of Sarah Lantz
12 January 2017

Nashville, Tennessee is best known for its booming music scene, but the art culture is quickly up-and-coming. Below we profile the best local galleries.

Art & Invention Gallery | © Jason Adams/Flickr

Cumberland Gallery

Established in 1890, Carol Stein’s Cumberland Gallery exhibits both established and promising artists, especially Tennessee and Southeastern artists. The media varies from painting to works on paper to photography and sculptures. Their artists include Lori Field and Jeff Danley, with works available from over 70 artists.

Art & Invention Gallery

Beginning in 2000 as an artist’s studio named Garage Mahal, Art & Invention Gallery was born not long after. With five to six shows every year, Art & Invention Gallery has been recognized as one of Tennessee’s best local art galleries, showcasing art in a variety of media, from metalwork to whimsical toys. Art & Invention specializes in inventive and creative art, and they also host an annual Tomato Art Fest showcasing summer art that celebrates the tomato.

Local Color Gallery

A local Tennessee art gallery since 1990, Local Color Gallery showcases over 40 regional artists and has won a variety of awards throughout the years for best gallery. Artists include Eric Buechel, Kimiko Sakai, Melissa May Peirano.

Local Color Gallery, 1912 Broadway Nashville, TN USA +1 615-321-3141

Alan LeQuire’s Studio at LeQuire Gallery | © BD’sEyes/Flickr

LeQuire Gallery

LeQuire Gallery is multi-media haven for art. The anchor of LeQuire, nationally recognized figurative sculptor Alan LeQuire, sets the tone for the gallery. You’ll find art that seems like an escape, calls upon lost memories, and makes you feel, from haunting and beautiful oil paintings by Jonathan Mathews to elusive and transportive art of adventurous figurative painter Greg Decker.

An art enthusiast at Bennett Galleries exhibit | © Bennett Galleries Nashville TN/Flickr

Bennett Galleries

Established in 1977, Bennett Galleries is home to a distinctive collection of contemporary art by established and emerging artists. Featuring fine art and sculpture, Bennett Galleries showcases works by many artists, including Silvius Krecu, who creates art on canvas from images and people separated through the distance of time and space, Keith Abney, who paints in heavy layers abstracts and still lifes, and Craig Alan, whose artistic experiments and vigorous training in art blends some with his interest in theater, make-up, and set design elements, which can be seen in the mixed media of his art, from shadow boxes to canvas.

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