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“You can’t wait for


you have to go

after it with a club.”

— Jack London

Contents IMPACT Letter from the Chairman and the President Letter from the Director FCVA Board of Trustees, Committees, and Councils

INSPIRE Exhibitions

EDUCATE Education and Community Relations

SUPPORT Corporate and Foundation Support Circle Member Support Friends of Architecture Annual Fund Honoraria and Memorial 2009 Frist Gala

“To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are

broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.�

-Giorgio de Chirico


Letter from the Chairman & President

To our members, supporters, sponsors, and the communities we serve: In spite of economic difficulties, 2009 was a watershed year for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. There were many reasons for this, but first and foremost, the Frist Center Exhibitions Department organized, presented, and traveled two major exhibitions. The year kicked off in January as Paint Made Flesh debuted at the Frist Center and was accompanied by a sold-out symposium on the opening weekend. After closing at the Frist Center, the exhibition traveled to the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and finally to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. The major symposium, presented in conjunction with Paint Made Flesh, featured internationally acclaimed scholars and artists.

During the fall we hosted Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, an exhibition exploring one of the most intriguing creative movements of the twentieth century.

Twilight Visions traveled to the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City before opening at the Telfair Art Museum in Savannah, Georgia, in June of 2010. While at ICP, Twilight Visions received an excellent review from The New York Times as well as the International Herald Tribune.

These traveling exhibitions increased the visibility and enhanced the reputation of our institution throughout the national and international art communities. We cannot begin to thank our members, generous sponsors, patrons, trustees, advisory councils, volunteers, and everyone in the local community who all make this possible by supporting and embracing the Frist Center’s commitment to bringing

world-class art to our region and inspiring people to look at their world in new ways. As we move into an exciting new year, we take time to remember that it is our members, not our galleries or walls, who make museums. We appreciate your involvement and support and look forward to seeing you often in the year ahead.

William R. Frist Chairman and President of the Board of Trustees

“ is our members, not our galleries or walls, who make museums.”

Corporate and Foundation Support Last year we had the generous support of a number of corporations and foundations. It takes significant resources to accomplish what we do at the Frist Center, and we are grateful for the generosity of the many who believe in the vision of our institution and the mission that guides us.

2009 Ingram Gallery Exhibition Sponsors Platinum Sponsor: HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals Gold Sponsor: First Tennessee

2009 Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery Exhibition Sponsor Welling LaGrone and Morgan Keegan

2009 Upper-Level Galleries Exhibition Sponsors Publix Super Markets Charities & Publix Friends of Architecture Anonymous Builders Exchange of Tennessee Centric Architecture DA|AD Messer Construction Co. Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Thomas, Miller & Partners, PLLC Tuck Hinton Architects

Community Outreach and Education Program Support

Michael Edge of Keller

Cal Turner Family Foundation

Nashville Parent

Gannett Foundation

Ocean Way Nashville

Gaylord Entertainment Foundation Institute of Museum and Library Services

Williams Realty Nashville Arts Magazine

Recording Studios Pinnacle Financial Partners Powell Creative, LLC

Macy’s Foundation

Precision Signworks

The Margaret and Victor Nielsen

The Premier Event

Fund and the Community

R. G. Anderson Co., Inc.

Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Tennessean

Memorial Foundation Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission

Union Station, a Wyndham Historic Hotel Village Wines

Predators Foundation

WAMB Radio

Samuel M. Fleming Foundation

Woo Skincare + Cosmetics


Wright Travel

Tennessee Arts Commission


Terrazzo, developed by Crosland William Stamps Farish Fund

2009 Corporate Partners and Sponsors AAA Auto Club Bank of America Belmont University Emma GlaceaĂş Hermitage Lighting Gallery James Duncan Creative King Jewelers Lipman Brothers MAC Presents

2009 Frist Fridays Sponsors Supporting Sponsor: Fifth Third Bank Contributing Sponsors: Lightning 100 Nashville Scene Southwest Airlines

Frist Museum Annual Report  

Report detailing the events, exhibitions, and patrons of the museum for 2009.