ABOVE: “Untitled” by Anne Blackburn of Harpeth Hall // (Image courtesy of the artist)
For students and their parents who don’t have Spring Break plans next week, Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Frist Art Museum Center are showing a collaborative affinity for free art exhibits March 10-17.
During Affinity Week at the Frist, the museum is offering free admission for up to two accompanying adults of any MNPS student at the museum between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, March 11, Wednesday, March 13, and Friday, March 15. Visitors aged 18 and under are always admitted free at the Frist.
All Metro schools are closed for Spring Break during the week, but officials will be keeping track of students who are skipping the beach or the amusement park to examine the works of past and future artists. Vouchers given out at schools will be counted during the free days, and schools with the most attendees will earn art supplies.
Visitors also are encouraged to visit the MNPS table for giveaways while they last. The museum is in downtown Nashville, at 919 Broadway.
The museum is showing the Mellon Collection of French Art, which features great works by Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, and Degas, among others. On display are examples of French art created throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring styles ranging from Romanticism to Cubism.
Under the same roof is the Frist’s seventh biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition, which showcases some of the finest two-dimensional artwork by high school students across the state. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2017–18 academic year were invited to submit their work to this exhibition. On the walls, MNPS students and their parents can see works of 27 local student artists from Hume-Fogg High School, Harpeth Hall, Nashville School of the Arts, Montgomery Bell Academy, Father Ryan High School, and other schools.
More information is available at www.fristartmuseum.org