Unconventional Book Documents Music City Center Art
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Music City Center houses large conventions, but it is also home to a $2 million art collection that is now documented in a new book.
Visitors to Nashville's new convention center will find 123 pieces of art installed throughout the facility.
"As far as we can tell it is one of the largest municipality-owned collections in the country, outside of a museum that a city might own," said Rich Boyd, the center's art coordinator.
There are works from 52 different artists, 43 of which are from the Middle Tennessee area. Most of the art is large in scale, and several pieces are several stories big.
"Anytime you amass a collection of this size, then you want to document it," Boyd explained.
"Unconventional" is a 152-page book with glossy photos and essays that chronicle's the center's art collection.
"What we've tried to do in the book is not only catalog the art, the individual pieces, but show them in the building, how they're used and how the compliment the building itself," according to Boyd.
You can purchase the book at Music City Center's web site. The hardcover version is $60 and the soft cover is sold for $49.95.
Nashville residents are invited to tour the convention center, to see the art collection. Staff members and volunteers have been educated about the works of art. Anyone interested can contact the administrative offices to arrange to a tour.