The Re-Creation of the Frederick Hart Studio

Gain first-hand insight into the inspiration and creative process that was the foundation for sculptor Frederick Hart’s (1943-1999) significant contribution to the changing tides of art in the last half of the twentieth century. The Frederick Hart Studio Museum is a tribute to Hart’s enduring influence in the movement to reinvest art with meaning and purpose.

Walk among artworks in various stages of development—nascent sketches in clay, preliminary models, and finished plasters. Puzzle over arrays of sculpting tools to imagine a sculptural masterwork emerging from the clay stored in a large metal drum. Peruse Hart’s books, photographs, and personal papers as they were on his desk in the office of the Virginia studio. Awaiting you is a unique experience of what some have described as a sacred space.

Among the works on view in the museum:

  • Working model in plaster of Ex Nihilo. The full-size work, in Indiana limestone, Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
  • Clay and plaster maquettes for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Three Soldiers, full-size work completed in bronze, Washington D.C.
  • Full-size plaster models for commissioned bronzes of President Jimmy Carter; Senator Richard Russell; James Webb, NASA administrator; and The Herald, Newington Cropsey Foundation and Cultural Studies Center.
  • Full -size plaster model of Daughters of Odessa, bronze. An editioned work presented to HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, Highgrove House, Gloucestershire, England.
  • Prototypes for cast clear acrylic resin sculptures known for groundbreaking innovation in materials and sculptural concept.

On display in the atrium of the Lila D. Bunch Library

  • Creation Sculptures, maquettes: Creation of Day, Ex Nihilo, Creation of Night, plaster.
  • Christ Rising; Adam, maquette; Ex Nihilo: Fragments Nos 4,7,


The Frederick Hart Studio Museum is located on the campus of Belmont University inside the Lila D. Bunch Library. Free parking is available on the street and in designated visitor lots.

When on campus visit the following Frederick Hart sculptures.

The University Chapel, Janet Ayers Academic Center:

  • Ex Nihilo Working Model, cast marble. This sculpture is the working model for the center tympanum of the Creation Sculptures for Washington National Cathedral, west façade, Washington D.C.

The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Exterior entrances.
    • North, Ex Nihilo Fragments Nos. 3,6, bronze
    • South, Ex Nihilo Fragments Nos. 1,2,5,8, bronze



The Frederick hart studio Museum is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm with the last ticket sold at 4 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 4:30 pm with the last ticket sold at 4 pm.  The museum is closed weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday.


  • Adults and Youth 13+: $5
  • Youth 12 and under: FREE
  • Belmont Students, Faculty and Staff: FREE with Belmont ID

Tickets may be purchased in advance. The museum accepts credit/debit card payments only.

Frederick Hart Studio Museum

The Frederick Hart Studio Museum is located within the Lila D. Bunch Library on Belmont campus. 1907 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212