Skip to Content - Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Tennessee - Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Tennessee (Print logo)

Edmondson Park


The following artists have been selected as finalists:
Thornton Dial
Lonnie Holley

In 2011 the Metropolitan Development and Housing authority (MDHA) contracted with Hawkins Design Partners to restore Edmondson Park. The park’s namesake, William Edmondson was a self-taught artist born and raised in Nashville, TN.  In 1937 Edmondson became the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.  In honor of Edmondson’s legacy, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission is commissioning two self-taught, regional artists to create site specific work(s) to be located in Edmondson Park. The artwork will be installed spring 2014.

Community Engagement

lonnie holley

In addition to the two new public art pieces, Lonnie Holley will serve as community artist in residence, offering workshops for area residents and students at the Oasis Center on found object sculpture. Holley will host a family friendly workshop for area residents at the Oasis Center art studio on Thursday, March 27th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Workshop activities include an all-ages art making activity beginning at 6:30pm. The Oasis Center is located on 1704 Charlotte Ave, Suite 200. 

Metro Arts is partnering with Lipscomb University Ayers Center for Teaching & Learning to coordinate a teacher cadre that will study the park and create Common Core lesson plans based on Edmondson, the park history and the new works of art. Teachers in the special cadre will offer larger teacher in-services during the summer of 2014. Logo

Metro Arts Logo


Funded in part by:
Tennessee Arts Commission

Lonnie Holley's Artist-in-Residence Workshops

Edmondson Park’s Lonnie Holley artist-in-residence workshops

Workshop Images