This exquisite collection of African American art is housed on the third floor of the library at Fisk University, which is one of America's oldest universities founded for African Americans. The collection includes paintings, watercolors, sculptures and prints by such artists as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Malvin Gray Johnson, Aaron Douglas and James Lesesne Wells. Elsewhere in the library, visitors may view abstract paintings and copper repousse sculpture by Gregory Ridley, pastel portraits by Winold Reiss (1881-1953) and drawings by Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1975). Baldridge was an illustrator who traveled along the east and west coasts of Africa and parts of Ethiopia. His art served as a visual diary of his trip. Telephone in advance if you need disabled access.
Mike and Ann Borum have spent more than a decade providing Nashville's photographers with quality photo processing. Now, they display the art of photography for all to see in the upper level of their shop. Chromatics PhotoImaging features photographic works by local professionals. Rotating exhibits throughout the year feature cityscapes, celebrity shots and historic images of locations around Music City. Admission is free, and photography lovers of all ages are welcome.
Sri Ganesha Temple is the only full-scale Hindu temple in the greater Nashville area. Nestled in the foothills on the West side of Nashville, the temple is one of the most unusual and beautiful sites along Old Hickory Boulevard. In addition to temple worship, the location also serves as the headquarters for the Hindu Culture Center of Tennessee. For the Hindu community in Nashville, the temple provides Hindu Vedic religious education as well as children's language classes in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. Tours of the temple are encouraged, but must be scheduled at least a day in advance. -Lynn-nore Chittom
Besides serving as an auditorium for events and the like, The Nashville War Memorial Auditorium is also an important and well recognized historical landmark. Overseen by TPAC, the auditorium is used for events, productions, performances, concerts and even private parties and weddings. The venue can seat around 1,600 and is well-equipped with the latest technology. The war memorial building also houses the military history museum.
Cathedral of the Incarnation is the Catholic cathedral for the Diocese of Tennessee and presided over by the current Catholic bishop of the diocese. This historic building is over 100 years old and structured as a typical Roman basilica with various additions and changes added over the decades. Catholic educational formation classes are available on Sundays and throughout the week according to the church's calendar. The cathedral operates the Cathedral Day School as well as a variety of outreach ministries including partnerships for service to the homeless, pro-life missions, and counseling services. -Lynn-nore Chittom
Whether female or male, when you visit the Vanderbilt University campus, take some time to visit Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. It offers a diverse collection of art and writings. The library holds volumes of books that chronicle the women's movement in America, and the art gallery displays paintings and sculptures that were inspired by advocates of gender equality. Throughout the year, special exhibits are held in the gallery to display the work of local female artists.
Laid-out along the eastern bank of the Cumberland River, with LP Field at its back, the River Lawn and Landing offers splendid views of downtown Nashville from across the river. Away from the hubbub of Cumberland Park, yet within walking distance of downtown's many eateries and attractions, this riverfront park is a great place to simply relax and enjoy a few moments of peace and solitude. The park is a part of the city's riverfront revitalization project, and is all set to become the venue of choice for a host of outdoor events, festivals, fairs and concerts. The River Lawn and Landing is already noted as the venue of the Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival and many more.