fristcenterNashville may be known Music City USA, but the downtown area offers a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural, and performing arts attractions. The beautiful Frist Center for the Visual Arts on Broadway is housed in a landmark building just minutes from the downtown 2nd Avenue honky tonk district. The museum is actually the former Nashville main post office, constructed in 1933-34 and listed officially on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It features the beautiful architectural styles of the period, classicism and Art Deco.

 

Admission to the Frist Center is normally $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for visitors 18 and younger, but now through February 19 everyone will be admitted for no charge, making this the perfect time to explore Nashville’s largest art museum.

The current exhibit, William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked, features more than 50 photographs from the prominent Memphis, Tennessee, photographer is on display until May 1. The exhibition includes iconic images from the early 1970s, important portfolios held in the Memphis Brooks collection. as well as the rarely seen 21st Century Photographs.

The Frist and the Nashville Jazz Workshop also offer a free jazz performance and educational series, Jazz on the Move, on Sunday afternoons. The first program for 2011 is scheduled for February 6. The Divine One: Sarah Vaughan, with Sandra Dudley & Friends, a special presentation in honor of Black History Month, will feature master vocalist Sandra Dudley discussing Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan’s life and career and performing some of her most famous songs.