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Visual Centennial Art CenterArts Division

Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center is a Historic Building located in the 25th Avenue North and Park Plaza corner of Nashville, Tennessee's beautiful Centennial Park. Originally built as a swimming complex in 1932, it closed in 1959 and was renovated in 1971. The first Metro Nashville owned structure rehabilitated for “Adaptive Reuse,” it earned Museum Status by reopening as Centennial Art Center – a gallery and visual arts teaching facility that includes painting and pottery studios (Centennial Art Center brochure). Visit us in Centennial Park (Centennial Park map).

Mission Statement

The mission of Metro Parks and Recreation's Visual Arts Program is to provide and expand quality art and cultural experiences within Metro Parks' facilities via classes, workshops, art exhibitions and gallery/museum field trips for the citizens and visitors of Metro Nashville, Davidson County.

Centennial Art Center (CAC) Studio and Gallery

CAC Studio

CAC Studio information

CAC Studio offers a variety of art classes in painting and pottery. Typically offered in three different sessions (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer), the class schedule will vary based on space and teaching staff availability.

Registration Begins Monday, August 29, 2016 at Centennial Art Center.

Registration for fall visual art classes begins on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm - location at Centennial Art Center. Registration will continue through September 30th or until classes are full. Unfortunately, we cannot take registrations over the phone. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Classes start Monday, September 12, 2016. All classes will meet once a week for 12 weeks, unless otherwise noted in the schedule. 2016 CAC Fall Schedule.

CAC Gallery

CAC Gallery information

Centennial Art Center (CAC) gallery showcases the art of local and regional professional and emerging artists. CAC Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm. For more information, call the Centennial Art Center at 615-862-8442. Please see the 2016 CAC Gallery Schedule.

If you are a local or regional artist interested in being considered for an upcoming exhibit, please submit a gallery application.

Courtyard and Event Rental

Courtyard and Event Rental information page

Monday through Thursday from 9am-5pm the walled-in courtyard behind CAC is free and open to the public. The courtyard is furnished with tables and chairs. The Herb Society of Nashville maintains a beautiful Herb Garden surrounding our fountains making this a wonderful place to hold events in Centennial Park. We rent the facility for private events such as outside weddings and ceremonies.

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Call to Artists

Centennial Art Center's 10th Annual International Exhibit

2014 International Exhibit

Centennial Art Center is now accepting applications for its annual international artists show “Get Cultured.”

Submit application and images via email to Each artist may submit up to 5 digital/jpeg entries. This is a juried exhibit.

Entry Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016

Eligibility: Artists who have immigrated from another country and now reside in Nashville or surrounding areas. Open to all mediums. No cost to enter.

Exhibition: September 30, 2016 – October 26, 2016

Reception: Friday, September 30, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Centennial Art Center