art events in middle tennessee

The spring is a great time to get out of the house, grab the family and enjoy some art. With art shows, events and performances happening this time of year all over Middle Tennessee, we put together a list of upcoming unique art events you’ll want to check out.

Oz Arts Nashville1.Intergalactic Nemesis” -a Live Graphic Novel at Oz Arts Nashville 

6172 Cockrill Bend Cir
Nashville, Tennessee

Providing the community with innovative art experience, Oz Arts will feature “The Intergalactic Nemesis-Robot Planet Rising & Twin Infinity” on April 28-29. It’s a sci-fi experience where the pages of the comic book come alive as three actors take to the stage performing dozens of accents and voices as pages of the comic book are viewed on the biggest comic book page you’ve ever seen. Whether you’re age 7 or 70, this wonderfully nostalgic (and hilariously funny) theatrical production appeals to “the kid in all of us.” Imagine your favorite comic book adventure, meets NPR audio drama, meets high-tech multimedia Broadway performance. Buy tickets here. 

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2.Exhibits at Frist Museum 

919 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee

The Frist has a lot to offer patrons right now.

Current exhibitions:
The Mayor’s Art Show is taking place at the Frist, in which art by Metro Nashville school students is on exhibit.

“Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea” are works of art from the Newark Museum’s renowned collection, revealing Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist practices of Tibet, Japan, and Korea.

“Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty” is the works of influential photographer Irving Penn of fashion and the famous.

Both exhibits close in May.

Frist Museum will offer a free family day on May 7 from 1 p -6 p. Frist is a visual art non-profit with 24,000 square feet of gallery space. Exhibits change every six to eight weeks.

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3.Goodnight Moon, Nashville Children’s Theater

25 Middleton St
Nashville, TN 37210

The children’s classic Goodnight Moon just opened at Nashville Children’s Theatre April 13 through May 14.

If you’ve had the ritual of reading this classic bedtime story, here’s your chance to see the book come to life with dancing bears that play musical chairs, an appearance by the Tooth Fairy with a cow jumping over the moon. Buy tickets here. 

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4.Nashville Film Festival 

Regal Hollywood
719 Thompson Lane, Nashville

Held in Nashville each year, it’s one of the oldest film festivals in the south. Films are submitted from all over the world. In 2016, NFF received 6,700 submissions from 125 different countries.  Attendees can attend film screenings, panels, and industry events. In keeping with a music city theme, on April 22 ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ who was recently announced to play at Pilgrimage Festival will be showing. Buy tickets here. 

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5.Studio Tenn

You can look no further than The Factory in Franklin to find performing arts. Two former Broadway actors will be taking to the stage in Studio Tenn’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Managing Director Jake Speck and Artistic Director, Matt Logan will perform together for the first time in this hilarious show that will guarantee a belly laugh. Show runs from May 4-21. Buy tickets online here.

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