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Attending Art School in Nashville

Every year thousands of people find their way to Music City, USA to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, enjoy intimate concerts at Tootsies Orchid Lounge or one of the many local music clubs, or attend the famous Grand Ole Opry. It seems just as many people also venture to Nashville in hopes of being discovered as the next country music sensation. Though the chances of the latter occurring are not great, the culmination of all of this validates the city’s nickname and its reputation as the music capital of the South. Proof of this is evident in fact that the Country Music Awards take place here each year, the city’s Music Row is home to over twenty music studios, and even President Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage, offers a swimming pool in the shape of a guitar. There is no question the city’s music scene is its main attraction and, as a result, the art scene remains somewhat overshadowed. That is not, however, an indictment of the arts community as there are many museums, galleries, and public art programs, as well as an overabundance of schools offering art programs. Among the many museums, the Frisk Center for the Visual Arts offers a wonderful museum that maintains a diverse permanent collection and hosts a number of popular events, including Friday Night Artini and the Late Night Torchlight Tour (complete with flashlights and a post-tour screening of the 1932 movie, The Mummy). Additionally, The Parthenon, a museum settled in Nashville’s Centennial Park, offers a 30,000 sq ft. Georgian mansion and reminds residents of the city’s other nickname, “Athens of the South”. The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum is another great point of interest, as well as one of the many galleries, including Plowhaus (a gallery and artist cooperative), The Lowe Gallery, Tag Art Gallery, and Outside the Lines. For a prospective art student considering school in Nashville, there is plenty to do and see, though, if you’re not a fan of country music already, you’re almost guaranteed to leave as one.

2201 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37235
(615) 322-7311
www.vanderbilt.edu
Enrollment:  
11481
Faculty:  
24
Programs:  
Studio Art, Art History
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Art, Master of Art (temporarily frozen)
Features:  
The department also holds a sizeable study collection of paintings, prints, and objects, with special strength in Asian art; Visual Resources Center; two active galleries- Fine Arts Gallery and Sarratt Gallery; The main (original) campus was designated by the Association of Botanical Gardens and Aboreta as a national arboretum in 1988 and at least one specimen of every tree that is indigenous to the state of Tennessee grows on campus one of North America's top research institutions and is a member of the Association of American Universities; accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Noted Alumni:  
Robert Penn Warren, Al Gore, Tipper Gore, David Brinkley, Amy Grant, Roseanne Cash, Molly Simms, Cleanth Brooks (literary critic), Donald Davidson (poet), James Dickey (poet), Randall Jarrell (poet), Merrill Moore (poet), James Patterson, John Crowe Ransom (author), Tom Schulman (screenwriter), Allen Tate (poet), Bettie Page, Amy Ray, Dinah Shore, Lamar Alexander, Stanford Moore (Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry)
2298 MetroCenter Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 383-4848
www.watkins.edu
Enrollment:  
400
Faculty:  
18
Programs:  
Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fine Arts and Photography
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Arts
Features:  
The Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery; online galleries; brand new student housing; internship and study abroad programs; nationally accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
(615) 963-5000
www.tnstate.edu
Enrollment:  
9024
Faculty:  
10
Programs:  
Art Education, Art History, Commercial Arts, Communications Design Studio Art
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Science in Art
Features:  
Gallery; recognized by Yahoo™ as one of the most wired universities in the United States; The Art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools and Art and Design (NASAD)
Noted Alumni:  
Oprah Winfrey, Wilma Rudolph, Ralph Boston, Ed \"Too Tall\" Jones
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
(615) 460-6000
www.belmont.edu
Enrollment:  
4000
Faculty:  
18
Programs:  
Art Education*, Design Communications, Studio Art
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Science in Art
Features:  
Leu Art Gallery; Foreign residencies in art may be possible in either France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, or in Italy at the Florence University of the Arts; Course work in art is offered in several areas including 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, design communications, digital imaging, sculpture, printmaking, and art history; accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Noted Alumni:  
Kimberley Locke (American Idol finalist, music star, and plus size model), Minnie Pearl (of Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw fame), Trisha Yearwood (country music artist), and Brad Paisley (country music artist)
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
(615) 269-1000
www.lipscomb.edu
Enrollment:  
2582
Faculty:  
4
Programs:  
Art Education, General Studies in Art, Graphic Design, and Studio Art (with emphases in ceramics, drawing, painting, and photography)
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Art
Features:  
Academic advising; Internship programs
Noted Alumni:  
LaMar Baker, Pat Boone, Jim Jinkins (creator of the animated Doug series), Marty Roe (lead singer of the Country Music band Diamond Rio)
1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208-3051
(615) 329-8500
www.fisk.edu
Enrollment:  
853
Faculty:  
6
Programs:  
Art
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Art
Features:  
an instructional legacy of scholars and artists such as Langston Hughes (Poet), John Oliver Killens (Author), Aaron Douglas (Artist), John W. Work (Musicologist), and William Faulkner (Folklorist, Religious Scholar); Founded by John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith barely six months after the Civil War ended
Noted Alumni:  
Kaye George Roberts (orchestral conductor), Ted Jarrett (R&B recording artist and producer), Aaron Douglas (painter, illustrator, muralist), W. E. B. Du Bois (sociologist, scholar, first Black to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard), Nikki Giovanni (poet), Kym Whitley (actress, comedienne), James Weldon Johnson (author, poet and civil rights activist, author of the \"Negro National Anthem\")