Martin ArtQuest Gallery
On Thursday, May 24, the Frist Art Museum unveiled the completely renovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery (MAQ) to the public. The award-winning, hands-on art-making space serves as a premier destination for families, children, and school groups to explore art. The updated gallery features enhanced activities focused on creative collaboration, critical thinking, and communication for visitors of all ages and abilities.
The New Martin ArtQuest
Dynamic new activities as well as old favorites are now housed in the inviting and refreshed space. The new design aesthetic maintains a balance between sophistication and comfort and draws from art deco–inspired design details found throughout the historic building, Nashville’s former main post office, which was built between 1933–1934. While the gallery’s physical footprint has stayed the same, the renovation greatly expanded the functionality and flexibility of the existing space, allowing for more fluid traffic flow and clearer sight lines for children’s safety, along with sound baffling and enhanced lighting to improve acoustics and visibility.
• Drawing, painting, printmaking, and other popular stations have returned, but with improved functionality and variety. The drawing station has been moved to the center of the gallery, so visitors may draw in the round.
• The exploration of the moving image includes a large zoetrope, a shadow theater, and stop-motion animation.
• A 16-foot interactive Everbright wall composed of color-changing dials allows visitors to create large-scale designs using the full spectrum of colors.
• Visitors are invited to contribute to a collaborative textile-weaving installation using a large six-sided art deco grid.
• A full-body-animated digital painting experience transforms visitors into colors and shapes on a wall mural.
• A sound pattern station, based on the study of acoustics, allows visitors to manipulate frequencies to create patterns with sand on metal plates.
• Activities that explore Frist Art Museum exhibitions, artists, and ideas will include new opportunities for visitor participation, dialogue, and response.
• In coming years, contemporary artists will be invited to design new interactive stations and to keep the space fresh and engaging.
Monday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00–5:30 p.m.
We are grateful to The Frist Foundation, Ellen H. Martin, The James Stephen Turner Family Foundation, Corner Partnership, LLC, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and visitors of all ages for their financial support of the renovation.
Chaos and Awe
The exploring exhibition station features an activity related to the Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century exhibition. At the station, you will find cards printed with either the word chaos or awe. Both words have a variety of meanings. Chaos might indicate a confused state of affairs—something unpredictable and disorganized. Awe is a word that describes the feeling of being amazed, but also possibly terrified, at something vast, mysterious, and unknown. Using inspiration from the exhibition, create your own portrayals of chaos or awe, using the materials provided.