Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation | June 10 – September 26, 2021

Throughout history and across the planet, people have perpetually been inspired to create art and objects to promote faith, healing and transformation. This exhibition presents works from Vanderbilt University Collections, ranging from ancient Egyptian and pre-Columbian votives to divination systems from China, Africa and the American South. Also on view are artworks by contemporary artists,… Keep reading

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

Netsuke: Gucci of the Edo Period | Spring 2021

An exhibition curated by Gawon Lee and Jiayi Hou, 2019-2020 Buchanan Library Fellows     The Buchanan Library Fellowship program, in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, is proud to present Netsuke: Gucci of the Edo Period. Curated by students Gawon Lee and Jiayi Hou as the culmination of their 2019–2020 Library Buchanan… Keep reading


The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe | November 4, 2021 – January 23, 2022

The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe will draw from Vanderbilt’s collections to feature approximately thirty-five works from the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe, with twelve Renaissance paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection (gifted to the George Peabody College for Teachers, now Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, in 1961) as… 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

Skyscraper Gothic | February–May 2022

Curated by Kevin Murphy Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities Professor and Chair of the Dept. of History of Art and Architecture Skyscraper Gothic presents an interdisciplinary interpretation of an important—but overlooked—phase in the stylistic development of the tall office building. Among the most beloved examples of American architecture, skyscrapers such as the Woolworth (1913),… Keep reading

Jacob Vanderbilt painting of the woolworth skyscraper seen through an arch

Tennessee Triennial | January 28 – May 1, 2023

The first Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art  in 2023 will be hosted at venues in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville—including the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, The Frist Museum, The Parthenon and Fisk University. Produced by Nashville nonprofit arts organization Tri-Star Arts.

Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art