MAY 7-27

The Arts Company presents The Art of Politics, a political pop-up market in the Avant-Garage gallery featuring artwork from the private collection of Nashville civic leader Ronnie Steine.  The curated exhibit will include a variety of memorabilia, including paintings, sculpture, posters, buttons and more… remembering past politicians and campaigns such as Tennessee presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk; as well as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Al Gore, George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton; and modern-day presidential hopefuls Hubert Humphrey and Robert Dole.  Fresh Art Friday will explore the history of political art on May 6, from 5:00pm-7:00PM, with an in-depth conversation with Ronnie Steine and Nashville Arts Magazine editor Paul Polycarpou.  Admission is free, but RSVP recommended. To reserve space for the event, email:  The market will officially open the next night during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown on May 7, 6PM-9PM; continuing through May 27, during regular gallery hours, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Saturday.  The Arts Company is located at 215 5th Avenue North.

The Art of Politics — A Political Pop-Up Market is chock full of iconic collectibles that show the fascination of pursuing political office, especially the presidency.  The variety of campaign materials reflects the different eras so familiar from the late19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries.  The interest in collecting political marketing memorabilia has gained more popular momentum since the first Obama campaign; and there are a number of impressive art books that have been published on the subject of connecting art and politics.  This is a curated sale of special pieces from a private collection. 

about the guest curator:

Ronnie Steine

Ronnie Steine, a native Nashvillian, was born into a family of avid art collectors.  His parents were both noted collectors of 20th-century American art.  As he expanded his own art interests, his attention went to collecting contemporary outsider art and political art--posters, campaign buttons, sculpture, and paintings created by artists.  Exhibits curated from his Art of Politics collection have been shown in galleries, schools, and otter venues for many years.  This pop-up exhibit extracted from his political collection is the first time some of this collection has been offered for sale.  “This pop-up event is designed to offer Ronnie an opportunity to part with some of his political art and memorabilia as he is sizing down for a move,”  says Anne Brown, owner, The Arts Company, noting that  “This is an unusual opportunity to learn about connections between artists and their political choices, especially in presidential politics thorough the years.  Seeing this much bipartisan political art and memorabilia in one place is striking.  Come to this exhibit prepared to start your own collection or to pick up a pack of buttons or bumper stickers for your friends”  

Ronnie Steine, with an undergraduate degree and a law degree from Vanderbilt, has been an active political leader in Nashville. He has served as Vice-Mayor and two-term Councilman-at-Large, while also devoting his professional life since the mid-1990s to serving as director of the Oasis Center, a local non-profit organization that provides support for at-risk youth and being actively involved in related organizations devoted to Nashville youth.  Mayor Megan Barry has recently appointed him as a special liaison for her office with programs related to Nashville youth.  His personal interest is art of all kinds—from fine art to outsider art to political art related to artists.