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Conference Hotel

Union Station Hotel
1001 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

In every grand Southern city, there is a gem often hidden, but that must be seen. The gem among downtown Nashville hotels is the Union Station Hotel. Fit with soaring 65 foot barrel-vaulted ceiling and beautiful Tiffany styled stained-glass, our lobby atrium takes cues from the elegant past of rail travel, but moves you in to the modern day with cocktails available in the Prime 108 Lounge and amazing food in our signature restaurant Prime 108.



Host Institution

Vanderbilt University
The Department of Art
E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center

1204 25th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240

The Art Department occupies the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center located in the heart of the Vanderbilt campus. The facility offers light-filled rooms for classes, individual studios for senior majors, a well-equipped lecture hall, galleries that can be expanded from one space to four to accommodate exhibitions and critiques and a spacious lounge. Among the benefits of the Art Building is the experimental gallery, Space 204, which hosts student shows as well as curated shows of current interest and which acts as a workshop for artists in residence. The first floor of the building also boasts an informal, open space for student work run by students themselves. These exhibition spaces are supplemented by numerous galleries on the Vanderbilt campus, including the Fine Arts Gallery at the Cohen Building and the nearby Sarratt Center. Nashville, with a lively and diverse creative community in the arts, offers further opportunities for the impressionable Art student who may take advantage of excellent museums, including The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Museum of Art, and The Fisk University Art Museum, to name only a few of the city’s offerings.



Conference Venues

The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

The Belcourt Theatre is Nashville’s nonprofit cinema, presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic films 365 days a year. With community partners throughout Nashville, the Belcourt also brings inspired film content and teaches visual literacy to children and young people. The Belcourt first opened in 1925 as a silent movie theatre.


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

Now in its 129th year of continuous education service, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, as the institution is now known, operates as an independent, non-profit, four-year, nationally accredited college of the visual arts, proud of the accomplishments of both our award-winning faculty and students who continue to explore the role of art and the artist in the 21st century.


Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Ave North
Nashville, TN

Known as Nashville’s premier performance hall, the Ryman Auditorium was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. During that period, the building gained nationwide recognition as the “Mother Church of Country Music” featuring pioneering performers such as Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline who helped shape the future of country and bluegrass music. Today the renovated space still features wooden church pews and music that can’t be beat.


Nashville Sites

Robert’s Western World
416 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

Historic District:
Honky Tonk Row
300-500 Broadway

Honky Tonk Row on lower Broadway is a straight line of bars and clubs hosting live music from dusk until the wee hours of the morning. This area of town serves as venues for all genres of live music. Check out all the different places the Honky Tonks has to offer such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, Nashville Crossroads, Robert’s Western World, and many many more!

Robert’s Western World is located on Lower Broadway in the famous historic district of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It stands in the shadow of the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Although Broadway has re-established itself with many new and exciting attractions, we are proud to still have shelves full of boots, burgers, fried bologna sandwiches, live music, cold beer and drinks, a gift shop, and much more.


The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

An exciting hub of Nashville’s artistic and cultural scene, the Frist Center is a non-collecting institution featuring ever-changing exhibitions from local, regional, national, and international collections.

Located in downtown Nashville’s architecturally and historically significant former post office building, the Frist Center also offers a wide variety of programming including lectures, concerts, films and family activities. On site, there is a gift shop, a café and the award-winning Martin ArtQuest interactive gallery, where visitors can learn about art and create their own masterpieces.


The Parthenon
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville’s premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.

Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.


Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208

The Nashville Farmers’ Market (NFM) is home to farmers, artisans, restauranteurs, and local business merchants throughout the year. We are divided into three distinct areas–each supporting locally owned & operated businesses.

Our Market House consists of 15 restaurants & shops offering; fresh seafood & local meats 7 days/week at Wild & Local, gourmet pizza by Bella Nashville, traditional chinese cuisine with Green Asia, El Burrito’s mexican dishes made with fresh Market ingredients, Butter Cake Babe’s Coffee Cafe, an International Market, Guy Fierie’s fave–Jamaicaway, southern comfort with B&C Market BBQ, southern Indian cuisine by Swagruha, Greek & salad bar by Chicago Gyro, cupcakes & so much more by The Sweet Stash, cajun flavors from Nooley’s, and breakfast, burgers, & more by Farmers Deli & Grille.


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hatch Show Print
222 5th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been the home of America’s music since 1967. In keeping with the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership, the museum opened in a $37 million landmark new building in May 2001. Located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, the Hall of Fame is just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway.

From 1992 – 2013, Hatch Show Print could be found on lower Broadway, after vacating the building on 4th Avenue South to make way for the AT&T Building. These two decades also required the shop to shift gears, to keep up with a renewed demand for posters from artists and venues around the world, and for artwork from ad agencies and creative directors who desire the look and texture Hatch Show Print offers – the antithesis of digital design.

Now designing and printing from 500 to 600 different posters a year, plus providing artwork for diverse projects such as an art book on photography and food packaging for a UK-based entrepreneur, and lending the shop’s typography to a United States postage stamp design, Hatch Show Print looks forward to carrying on the 19th century traditions and practices of the letterpress poster shop it was founded as three generations ago.


Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37205

Within its 55 acres, Cheekwood features a botanical garden and a museum of art, which is recognized as a center for contemporary art in the Southeast. The Cheekwood mansion, with the original boxwood gardens, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.