Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, free admission
401 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37243. (615)741-1701 (V/TDD)
For ADA inquires, please contact William Coleman at (615) 532-9797.

Current Gallery Exhibit

Photographs from the Field
January 16 - March 27, 2015
Reception January 22, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


At his retirement from the Tennessee Arts Commission in December, Folklife Program Director Dr. Robert “Roby” Cogswell left a legacy of 22,000 photographs documenting Tennessee traditional arts and heritage subjects. The Tennessee Arts Commission will exhibit a sampling of these images in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery from January 16 to March 13, 2015.

The total collection of images have been donated to the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), including 4,000 photographs that have been digitized for database access by archivist Christina Skinker. TSLA will preserve the collection as well as make them accessible to researchers and the public.

While photos in the collection have found many different uses in projects and publications, this is only the second exhibit mounted exclusively from images in the Folklife Program collection. It depicts people across the state who keep Tennessee traditions alive and who are at the heart of the cultural wealth that the Folklife Program documents and celebrates.

Please join us at a reception for this exhibition and a celebration of Dr. Cogswell’s retirement Thursday, January 22, from 3-5 p.m. The event will take place at the Tennessee Arts Commission gallery, 401 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Please call Dr. Dana Boehm-Everts for more information, 615-532-0169.

Cover photo: Virgil Anderson cuts up for his Cumberland Music Tour mates at the Sharps Place grocery. Others include (L-R) Johnny Ray Hicks, Hershel Anderson, Ralph Troxell, Clyde Troxell, Clyde Davenport, and Willard Anderson. Photo by Dr. Robert Cogswell, 1987.


Past Gallery Exhibits: 2012 - Present

Construct & Connect: The Role of Graphic Design

Denice Bizot: Baxwin's Best

Clorinda Bell: Cuzco School of Religious Art

Suta Lee - Public/Private

Beth Edwards - Antidotes

Peggy Root - Strong Bones

Neely Crihfield - Artist / Apprentice

Kimberly Winkle - Not Overly Serious

James Breed - Eighteen Wheels