Apr 22 2022
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Jan 15 2023
Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park

Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum

Painting the Smokies explores the history of the most-visited national park in America through the work of five visual artists around the time of its creation, about 1900 to 1940.

Home to the most-visited national park in America, the Great Smoky Mountains have enchanted tourists, nature-lovers and artists for generations. Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park, invites visitors to examine the history of the park through the work of five visual artists active around the time of its creation, about 1900 to 1940. Placing art in conversation with artifacts, the two-gallery, 8,000 square foot show will open April 22, 2022, and run through January 15, 2023. The exhibition will be complemented by a variety of public programming and digital offerings to be announced soon.

Appalachia became the topic of national fascination at the turn of the twentieth century. The grassroots campaign to create a national park in the Smokies occurred during a period of great change in the region, fueled by this renewed interest. Through the works of five artists who painted the Smokies during this time — all represented in the Museum’s collection — the exhibition explores how the Smokies inspired a generation of painters, and how art brought attention, activism, and tourism to the region. Sections of the exhibition include “All Eyes on the Smokies,” “A Most Excellent Opportunity,” “Art & Activism,” “Tradition in Tension,” and “Selling the Smokies.”

Joining the five painters — Charles C. Krutch, Thomas C. Campbell, Rudolph F. Ingerle, Will Henry Stevens, Louis E. Jones — the exhibition includes the diverse voices and stories of others who either called the region home or found inspiration and opportunity in the mountains, like photographer George Masa, writer Horace Kephart, furniture craftsman Lewis Buckner, and visual artist Catherine Wiley. Also represented are Cora E. Burke, activist and chair of the Negro Women’s Department at the Appalachian Exposition, Cherokee basket maker Rowena Bradley, and iconic Little Greenbrier residents, The Walker Sisters, among others.

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Admission Info

FREE Admission

Dates & Times

2022/04/22 - 2023/01/15

  • Nov 29, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 30, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 1, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 2, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 3, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 4, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 6, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 7, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 8, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 9, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 10, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 11, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 13, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 14, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 15, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 16, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 17, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 18, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 20, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 21, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 22, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 23, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 24, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 25, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 27, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 28, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 29, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 30, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 31, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 1, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Jan 3, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jan 4, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Jan 5, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Jan 6, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Jan 7, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 8, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Jan 10, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jan 11, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Jan 12, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Jan 13, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Jan 14, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 15, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)

Additional time info:

The Museum is now open special hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m

The Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Location Info

Tennessee State Museum

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208

Parking Info

Free parking is available in the parking lot which is located between the Museum and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There is also free two-hour parking available along 6th and 7th Avenues. Because there are a limited number of these spots used by both Museum and Farmers' Market visitors, it is highly recommended that on the weekends, visitors seek alternate modes of transportation to visit the Museum. State of Tennessee parking lots are available Monday through Friday, after 5:30pm, or on weekends unless otherwise stated or reserved. Terms and conditions of use may vary according to the requested lot.

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