Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation | August 26, 2021–January 30, 2022

Throughout history and across the planet, people have invariably created objects promoting faith, healing and transformation. Sympathetic Magic presents objects from Vanderbilt University Collections alongside works by modern and contemporary artists, in acknowledgement of the steadfast and uniquely human belief in the transformative power of art. Historical artifacts on view—ranging from votives and tomb objects… Keep reading

Anatolian amulet with an eye design, date unknown. Collection of Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1994.366

Kress Collection Digital Archive Launches! (Vanderbilt’s Paintings Included.)

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is excited to share news of the Kress Collection Digital Archive, a comprehensive archive and database for the nearly 3,500 works of European art that Samuel H. Kress collected, and subsequently gifted to almost 100 institutions. The Kress Foundation donated twelve Renaissance paintings to Vanderbilt University (formerly Peabody College)… Keep reading

Kress Collection Digital Archive Landing Page

African Art at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

  In summer 2020, the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries and Fine Arts Gallery launched a team project to begin to comprehensively photograph works in the Fine Arts Gallery collection. The images above are selections from this initiative; Search the Gallery’s full collection here!  

Helmet or Cap Mask of the Gelede Society in the Yoruba Tribe

Carrie Mae Weems’ RESIST COVID TAKE 6! | Postponed to 2024

    Vanderbilt University is partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations to host “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,” a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest.   The initiative brings Carrie Mae Weems’ RESIST COVID TAKE 6! public art campaign to Nashville,… Keep reading

Banner on building reading The Vaccine is our Best Shot Against Covid-19

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery receives Kress Foundation award

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery has been selected among spring 2020 applicants to receive support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for an exhibition of medieval and Renaissance artworks.  The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe will be exhibited at the gallery Nov. 4, 2021–Jan. 23, 2022. This exhibition will draw from Vanderbilt’s… Keep reading

Follower of Domenico Ghirlandaio (possibly, Giovanni Battista Bertucci), St. Sebastian, ca. 1510, Italian (1475–1525), Tempera with oil on panel, 19 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches, The Samuel H. Kress Collection,, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1979.0655P

Press for “Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom” at the Fine Arts Gallery

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom at Vanderbilt University was widely reviewed, with features in The Nashville Scene, the Tennessean, Burnaway, The Afro-Hispanic Review and on News Channel Five, among many other media sources. Find links to full articles below:   Nashville Scene, “Winter Arts Preview 2020: Visionary Aponte,” Laura Hudson Hunter, Jan 23, 2020   Burnaway, “Aponte Forever:… Keep reading

Visionary Aponte Exhibition review in Burnaway: The Voice of Art in the South