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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. Winter/Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Registration for Winter/Spring visual art classes begins on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. online. Registration will continue through January 31 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, January 23, 2017. All classes will meet once a week for 10 weeks, unless otherwise noted in the 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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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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Centennial Art Center’s Annual Student and Staff Holiday Exhibit

CAC student and staff artwork

Centennial Art Center’s Annual Holiday Exhibit and Sale is a fabulous destination for great deals and unique gift items for the art lovers on your holiday shopping list.

Starting November 11, the Art Center’s students and staff will be displaying and selling their handcrafted artwork in the gallery. These handmade treasures include pottery, sculpture, painting, jewelry, holiday ornaments, greeting cards, and much more.

Start the holiday season with a festive opening reception:
Friday, November 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Exhibit Open: November 11-December. 13, 2016
The gallery event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
301 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-862-8442