Showcasing Student and Professional Art

Monday - Thursday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Elliott Hall, Room 118
Tennessee State University

gallery schedule
Current Exhibition:
The Eclectic Garden... Senior Art Show

April 16th - May 2nd
Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery
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Hiram Van Gordon Gallery


The Hiram Van Gordon Gallery offers six exhibitions yearly that highlight the works of Tennessee State University students, faculty and alumni in the visual arts, African American and African artists, social and civic engaged work along with conversations regarding sustainable environmental practices in art.  

2017/2018 Exhibition Schedule
• Documenting Nashville Streets: June 2017-July 2017
• Guardians of the Culture / Xavier Payne and Brandon Van Leer: August 2017- September 2017
• Curating from the Collection with Paul Polycarpou: October 2017- November 2017
• Creative Healing / Senior Show / Mikayla Washington and Terry Moore: December 2017
• Where in the World is Joel Batey?: January 2018 - February 2018
• How We Work: A Student Show: March 2018 - April 2018
• Senior Show: April 2018 - May 2018
• We Wear the Mask: May 2018 - July 2018
• Meta Video Show: Curated by Marlos E’van: August 2018 - October 2018
• Nashville Visionaries by Carl Pope: October 2018 - November 2018

Space for New Media

new media gallery

The Space for New Media gives students and artists a place to produce and display digital, experimental and performance-based work, using our state of equipment to bring innovative ideas and images to campus.

McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency, M-SPAR

The McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency, M-SPAR provides artists opportunities to impact the social landscape and engage with McGruder Family Resource Center, local Historic Black College and University’s (HBCU) and the community of North Nashville. Artists engage with community through an artist’s residency. Artists are provided studio space in exchange for community activated work leading to the conception, development and execution of viable, transformative art projects.  

Art Collection

Over the years the art department has amassed a permanent collection of African and Alumni art work in a few notable collections: the Art Eubanks Collection, the Ruth Witt Collection and the Dr. Richard and Sharon Edwards Collection.

Artist Talks/ Lectures

Our artists' talks and lectures are geared at creating forums for artists and students to talk about their work in a supportive open environment. In the process of creating a line up of artists and speakers that relate back to our exhibit schedule in the Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Space for New Media and M-SPAR, connecting what is learned in classroom courses and seminars to real world applications. We will invite organizations and artists from a variety of perspectives to talk about their work.


The Hiram Van Gordon Gallery is located in Elliot Hall on Tennessee State University's main campus. Elliot Hall is on the backside of campus, from 28th Ave pass the front of campus, continue on 28th Ave North/Ed Temple Blvd, take a Left on Dr. Walter S Davis Blvd, then turn Left on 39th Ave North, take a Left at the stop sign on to John L. Driver, then a Left on 37th Ave North. The first building on your Right is Elliot Hall.  Parking is right past the building, up the hill or to the left. Enter the building at the ramp and proceed to the Right down the hall to the Gallery and Space for New Media.

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Courtney Adair Johnson
Gallery Director

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