What would it feel like to step inside the mind of an artistic genius?
The Frederick Hart Studio Museum at Nashville’s Belmont University may just be the closest art collectors, scholars and aficionados can come to gaining first-person insight into the creative process and inspiration of a sculptor whose work defines our times.
Visitors of this unique recreation of Hart’s home studio will feel what it was like to step foot inside the space where some of America’s greatest sculptures were born. Observe his books, tools and papers laid out on the desk transported to Tennessee from Hart’s home studio in Hume, Virginia. View the photos that gave him inspiration and feel his artistic energy all around you. And, of course, see this master sculptor’s works in various stages of development – from beginning sketches to preliminary models to finished works, all on grandiose display.
Everything within this collection belonged to the master himself, and the layout and design of the space is possible thanks to the generosity and detailed input of his family and the Frederick Hart Foundation. Come and see the following works up-close as you learn more about the life and ideals of this iconic sculptor:
- Full-size Christ Rising, bronze
- His working model of Ex Nihilo, completed for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
- Or, while you’re on campus, come and see the Ex Nihilo, Working Model, cast marble, in the University Chapel in the Janet Ayers Academic Center
- His working model for the iconic The Three Soldiers statue
- Embedded acrylic works such as Exaltation, Light Whispers, and The Ride
Hailed as “America’s Greatest Sculptor” by author Tom Wolfe, Frederick Hart aimed to alter and enrich man’s perception and conception of the world and himself. It is our hope that these works will inspire art enthusiasts for generations to come as his art captures the essence of light, truth and the human figure.
“If art is to flourish in the twenty-first century, it must renew its moral authority by rededicating itself to life. It must be an enriching, ennobling and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past.” – Frederick Hart
PLAN YOUR VISIT
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.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.
GENERAL MUSEUM ADMISSION
Belmont students, faculty and staff have free access to the museum.
Admission for the general public is $5.
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