Frist Art Museum in Nashville to debut first online exhibition May 1

For the exhibition, five artists spoke with Nashville residents and community groups to learn about their voting experiences. From left to right: Thaxton Waters, Beizar Aradini, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Donna Woodley and M Kelley. (Courtesy Frist Art Museum)
For the exhibition, five artists spoke with Nashville residents and community groups to learn about their voting experiences. From left to right: Thaxton Waters, Beizar Aradini, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Donna Woodley and M Kelley. (Courtesy Frist Art Museum)

For the exhibition, five artists spoke with Nashville residents and community groups to learn about their voting experiences. From left to right: Thaxton Waters, Beizar Aradini, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Donna Woodley and M Kelley. (Courtesy Frist Art Museum)

The Frist Art Museum is bringing the art gallery experience to visitors in the comfort of their homes with "We Count: First-Time Voters," the museum's first online exhibition.

The exhibit, which opens online May 1, features the work of five local artists inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted all U.S. citizens the right to vote regardless of sex, according to the museum's website.


To prepare for the exhibition, artists Beizar Aradini, M Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters II and Donna Woodley spoke with Nashville residents to learn about their voting experiences. The artists then visualized the stories through drawing, painting, printing, stitching and other techniques.

“Though we are disappointed to not be able to display the work in our physical building because of unforeseen scheduling challenges related to COVID-19 closures, we are excited to present our first-ever completely digital exhibition experience,” said Shaun Giles, assistant director of community engagement. “We are exploring ways to present the art and voters’ stories in dynamic and meaningful ways online for our audiences.”

To view the exhibition, visit www.fristartmuseum.org/wecount.


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