LeXander Bryant and Cuban Art Exhibits Close at Frist Art Museum This Sunday

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The Martin ArtQuest Gallery (MAQ) is currently celebrating the exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful and Alma W. Thomas’ interest in nature, her impact as an art educator and her legacy as a African-American artist. Explore painting, puppet making, botanical drawings and more. (Photo: Brandon Gnetz)

Art lovers, it’s the weekend to visit the Frist Art Museum, before the closing of two remarkable exhibitions on Sunday May 1st. Don’t miss your last chance to see LeXander Bryant: Forget Me Not and On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Pérez Miami Art Museum. It’s also a good chance to see Alma Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful before it closes on June 5.

Closing the Show: A Conversation with LeXander Bryant and Joshua Black will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. at Frist Auditorium; free; first come, first seated. Join LeXander Bryant and comedian Joshua Black for a lively conversation about Bryant’s artistic practice and his first solo museum exhibition before Forget Me Nots closed.

Plan to see Nashville Art Teachers: Beyond the Classroom, which salutes the heroic efforts of teachers under the difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It features the work of elementary, middle and high school art teachers working in Davidson County. Jurors narrowed down more than three hundred submissions from eighty teachers to this remarkable selection of thirty-three works, featuring artists who master a variety of media and emphasize a variety of themes. These artists share their observations, their perceptions of the world around them and their personal stories through their art.

The exhibition accompanies Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful. Thomas (1891–1978) was a public school art teacher in Washington, D.C. for thirty-five years and became the first African-American woman whose work hung in the White House. By linking these two exhibits, we hope to highlight the importance of art teachers and celebrate their artistic contributions inside and outside the classroom. It runs until August 28 at Conte Community Arts Gallery

Be sure to mark your calendars now for Technology Inspiring Art: Alma W. Thomas’s Space Paintings, taking place Thursday, May 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom; free; registration required, presented by Billy Teets, PhD, Director and Resident Astronomer, Dyer Observatory. During her lifetime, Alma W. Thomas witnessed historic milestones in space exploration such as the Apollo 11 moon landing, and she reflected on these events through her dabs of paint and her expressive use of color. Join Billy Teets of Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory to learn about the NASA missions that inspired many of Thomas’ paintings featured in the Everything Is Beautiful exhibit.

Note that after the Cuban and LeXander Bryant shows have closed, the Museum will reduce their adult admission to $10 (was $15) when they only opened the Alma Thomas show. Their next Ingram Gallery Show (Light, Space, Surface) opens June 3, and once that show opens, tickets will be back at regular price. In summary, from May 5 to June 2, adult admission is $10 (and kids 18 and under are always free!).

Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your donation is essential to their mission to serve the community through the arts and access to art in particular, and they truly appreciate your generosity. COMING SOON: Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 3-September 4 AND Knights in Armor, July 1-October 9.

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