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Nashville Artists Selected for Metro Office Building Collection


Metro Arts Completes “40 for 40” Launch of Art WORKS Initiative, Bringing Local Art to Nashville’s Public Buildings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Twelve Nashville artists’ works will be added to the city’s Public Art Collection as part of Metro Arts’ Art WORKS initiative to acquire small-scale pieces created by local artists for installation in public spaces within Metro buildings.

At their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 17, the Metro Arts Commission approved the following artists for the Metro Office Building collection purchase: 

  • John Baeder
  • Paul Collins
  • Robert Durham
  • John Guider
  • Katherine Krebs
  • Marilyn Murphy
  • Michael Ray Nott
  • David Piñeros
  • Mandy Rogers Horton
  • Elizabeth Sanford
  • James Threalkill
  • Thaxton Waters

Metro Arts will choose works from these individuals to install in public locations of the Metro Office Building, 800 2nd Avenue South, which houses multiple public service points, including  Metro Codes, Planning, and Water Services. The finalists were chosen from an open call to Nashville-Davidson County artists whose work is creative, innovative, and reflective of Nashville neighborhoods and places.

These selections complete Metro Arts’ “40 for 40” campaign, the first phase of the Art WORKS initiative, marking the 40th anniversary of the agency’s founding and launched with prior selections that are slated to be added to the Historic Metro Courthouse later this year. Art WORKS acquisitions will join the 50 pieces in Metro’s Public Art Collection, purchased and managed through the percent for public art funding set forth in the city’s Public Art Guidelines.

“The ’40 for 40’ project celebrates Metro Arts’ 40-year history, and it truly embodies our mission to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts,” said Metro Arts Executive Director Jennifer Cole. “We are enhancing Metro buildings and public spaces that we all value, while we’re supporting wages for our city’s creative workers.”