Nashville Public Library presents curated exhibits in the Main Library Art Gallery, Courtyard Gallery, and at Branch Libraries. Galleries are open during regular library hours. All exhibits are free and open to the public.
In 1998, prior to the passage of the city's Percent for Public Art ordinance, Nashville Public Library chose to allocate $600,000 of its construction budget to public art. Since 2000, with the passage of the public art ordinance, funds have been allocated for public art in all new library buildings.
Bellevue Branch Library
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This large steel and glass sculpture provides an iconic backdrop to the many activities that take place in the library’s outdoor gathering space.
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Stein’s suspended wood sculpture is inspired by the Bellevue community’s resilience and the limitless possibilities of books and learning. Above the circulation desk and the tech commons, nearly ninety birds gracefully soar together past the clerestory windows.
Goodlettsville Branch Library
1% for Public Art ProgramContinuum is a series of acrylic tiles that reference the history of the Goodlettsville area and the role of the library as a source of information. The book-like tiles include historical images from Goodlettsville and rust impressions from local items.
Paige Easter and Don Goostree
1% for Public Art ProgramSeasons from a Bird's Eye View is a series of mosaic structures located throughout the Goodlettsville Library’s Garrett Memorial Garden. Nashville artists Paige Easter and Dan Goostree designed them to create an enclosed garden space behind the library. The mosaics depict history, edible gardens and color gardens.
Southeast Branch Library
1% for Public Art ProgramThis large sculpture was heavily influenced by the communities surrounding the branch library and community center. Vexler describes From the Four Corners as “a sculptural metaphor celebrating a rich diverse community.”
La Storia della Terra
Commissioned by Judy and Noah Liff
Nashville, a History Through Maps and Aerial Views
Wayne White and Watkins College Students
Wayne White was a visiting artist at Watkins College when he hosted a workshop to create this large, interactive sculpture of Watkins College of Art and Design founder Samuel Watkins. Come by the Children's Department to turn the crank that rotates Sam Watkins' eyes.
Exhibit your work at the Library
Submit proposals for the Main Library Art Gallery and Courtyard Gallery to the Library’s Arts Coordinator. To exhibit at a branch library, contact the Branch Manager.
Please review our exhibition policy for complete submission guidelines and criteria.
Request a Tour or School Visit
Main Library offers guided tours, educational experiences, and self-guided tours. Tours should be scheduled at least 1 week in advance. Educational Experiences should be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. We encourage you to reserve early because group visits are very popular. A library staff member will contact you to confirm the date and time for your visit. Learn more and make a reservation.