5th Avenue of the Arts

Explore the vibrant visual arts scene in downtown Nashville.



March 2014



The mission of 5th Avenue of the Arts is to offer ongoing visual arts experiences distinctive for Nashvillians and visitors through a variety of exhibitions that change every month and special programs and events. With Music City’s diverse genres of arts and entertainment opportunities within the city’s historic downtown entertainment district, the 5th Avenue corridor features 15 to 20 art venues.  Directly on 5th Avenue of the Arts are anchor galleries, The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary, as well as the eclectic Art at the Arcade featuring Twist Gallery and Coop Gallery, among other boutique galleries. 

Within a four-block area to the east and west, more galleries can be discovered on the cross streets of Broadway, Demonbreun, Commerce, Church, Deaderick and Charlotte.  The area is evolving with thousands of new residents moving to the center of town and openings of grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, high-rise buildings, and more art galleries.  Residents and visitors from around the world have come to know downtown Nashville as a flourishing urban destination, where people are invited to walk, linger, look, shop, and visit a wide range of distinctive venues. 

For more than six years, First Saturday Art Crawl on 5th Avenue of the Arts has appealed to over 1,000 visitors per month, helping Fifth Avenue of the Arts to evolve and provide an enormous sense of energy and excitement about the visual arts.

Jen Cole, Claire Marshall Crowell, Ron Gobbell, Mayor Dean, Anne Brown, Natalie Dunham, Jeff Rymer, Sarah Wilson


                    The new 5th Avenue of the Arts streetscape opened June 1, 2013.



Left to Right: Paul Polycarpou, Crissey Cassetty, John Cranshaw, Susan Tinney, Jeff Rymer, Anne Brown, Ellen Pryor, Veronica Frazier 


The new 5th Avenue of the Arts plaque was officially unveiled August 3, 2013.