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  • Tennessee State Museum Wins Multiple Awards

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 12:16pm

    Nashville, TN — March 23, 2017 — The Tennessee State Museum was recognized with eight different awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums Awards Ceremony last week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    Awards of Excellence were presented for the following projects:

    Temporary Exhibit: “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage.”
    Exhibit Component: Burgner Musical Desk AV Presentation 
    Educational Programming: Lunch & Learn Series 
    Publication: 2016 Education Programs Poster

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  • State Museum Commission Announces New Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 12:06pm

    Tennessee native chosen to lead during construction of new museum

    Nashville, TN — February 7, 2017—  The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission announced today that Tennessee native Ashley Howell has accepted the position of executive director of the Tennessee State Museum.  The commission voted to offer Howell the position at its meeting on January 24.  She succeeds long serving director Lois Riggins Ezzell who retired December 31.

    “Ashley Howell will bring a new level of leadership to the Tennessee State Museum,” Commission Chairman Tom Smith said. “I am confident she is the right choice at the right time. Her background in all aspects of museum management will serve us well, and her ties to Tennessee make her an ideal choice as we prepare for the new museum’s opening late next year.”

    Howell, 40, currently serves as the deputy director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. 

    “As a child, I visited the Tennessee State Museum,” Howell said. “From early museum visits, I have taken my love of history and art and built a career around museums.  It has been an honor to work at two of our state’s outstanding cultural institutions, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Knoxville Museum of Art.  I look forward to working with Governor Haslam, the General Assembly, the museum commission and the museum foundation to lead the Tennessee State Museum at this exciting time.”

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  • State Museum Commission makes selection of Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 4:09pm

    NASHVILLE— January 24, 2017— The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission is pleased to announce that during its meeting today (Tuesday, January 24, 2017,)  a selection was made to offer the position of Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum. The selection was made by the Museum Commission after meeting and interviewing with two finalists, after which there was a discussion and a vote by the Commission members who were present for the meeting.

    The position will be offered to native Tennessean Ashley Howell, who currently serves as Deputy Director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Howell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has advanced degrees from that institution as well as Boston University. Howell has had an impressive career in the museum field.

    “The State Museum Commission conducted an exhaustive national search working in partnership with the Tennessee Dept. of Human Resources and the executive search firm of Carter Baldwin, Atlanta,” said Commission Chairman Tom Smith. “I believe most if not all of the Museum Commission members were very impressed by the selection of candidates presented. We are looking forward to continued discussions with Mrs. Howell and hopefully the Department of Human Resources will be able to reach an agreement with her to join us”, he added.

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  • The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, in the Museum Experience Room

    Monday, January 09, 2017 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE— January 9, 2017— The next meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Museum Experience Room on Level D of the Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville.

    Prior to the full Museum Commission meeting, the Search Committee will meet twice — first on Monday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Museum Library on Level B and on Tuesday, January 24, at 9:00 a.m. in the Museum Experience Room on Level D. All meetings are open to the general public.

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  • Haslam And Commission Chair Announce Retirement of Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Thursday, September 01, 2016 | 10:58am

    NASHVILLE — September 1, 2016 —  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tom Smith, chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced that Lois Riggins-Ezzell, the executive director of the Tennessee State Museum, will retire December 31. Riggins-Ezzell has led the museum since 1981. At her retirement, she will retain the title of executive director emeritus.

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  • Tennessee State Museum to Receive Gift of Artist Red Grooms Graphic Works

    Monday, July 11, 2016 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE — July 11, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that it has entered into a promised gift agreement with Walter and Sarah Knestrick of Nashville to receive a donation of 238 graphic artworks created by internationally acclaimed artist Red Grooms. Additionally, the museum will receive 52 commercially printed posters as part of the gift.

    Grooms, who was born and raised in Nashville, currently resides in New York City and maintains a home near Beersheba Springs, TN. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, as well as in Europe, and Japan. Grooms’ art is included in the collections of more than 39 museums, including the State Museum.

    Knestrick, the retired founder of Walter Knestrick Contractor, Inc. and a longtime friend of the State Museum, was a boyhood classmate of Grooms. He began collecting Grooms’ prints in the 1970s and has helped organize traveling exhibitions of the works since the 1980s.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Garners Recognition and Statewide Awards

    Friday, July 08, 2016 | 3:41pm

    State Museum Recognized by Tennessee Historical Commission for Ancestors Exhibition  

    The Tennessee State Museum’s exhibition, Ancestors: Ancient Native American Sculptures of Tennessee was recently recognized for excellence in scholarship and preservation by the Tennessee Historical Commission.

    The Commission awards Certificates of Merit annually to individuals, groups, agencies or organizations that have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of Tennessee’s heritage.

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  • The Exhibition on the History of Tennessee’s War Memorial Building Extended

    Thursday, June 09, 2016 | 4:11pm

    NASHVILLE – June 9, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that its exhibition, Remembering the World War I Doughboy: The History of Tennessee’s War Memorial, on view at the Military Branch Museum, has been extended until December 31, 2016, due to popular demand.

    The exhibit, originally slated to conclude on June 11, highlights the history behind the War Memorial Building which was built in 1925 as a result of Tennessee’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in World War I.

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  • Project Team Announced for New Tennessee State Museum

    Friday, November 13, 2015 | 3:54pm

    Experts assembled to create a state-of-the-art facility to tell Tennessee’s story

    NASHVILLE – November 13, 2015 – Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced the team of experts that will be responsible for the design, development and construction of the new Tennessee State Museum, which is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016.

    The project team includes:
    • Compass Partners, LLC - project manager
    • EOA Architects, PLLC – architect
    • HGA – architect
    • Turner – construction manager and general contractor
    • Gallagher & Associates (G&A) – exhibit designer

    “The team of experts we’ve been able to assemble for this project is a testament to the excitement around a new, state-of-the-art museum to capture Tennessee’s rich history and look ahead to our bright future,” McDaniel said. “This team represents a good mix of homegrown talent and international expertise, and putting a group of this caliber together is a critical first step in ensuring a great museum for our state.”

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