Past Exhibits

  • The Artwork of HAPI (Healing Arts Project, Inc.)
    January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970
    March 21–May 25 | Harvill Gallery This exhibit features art by students of the Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) out of Nashville. Healing Arts Project, Inc. provides artistic opportunities for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to promote healing, community awareness and inclusion.
  • Wonders of the West
    January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970
    March 14–May 31 | Kimbrough Gallery | Sponsored by Heimansohn Steel & Salvage Wonders of the West features artwork and artifacts celebrating the Western region of the United States through scenic landscapes, Native American baskets and ACME boot products. More »
  • Tom Malone: Works on Paper from the Museum Collection
    January 3, 2020 - March 1, 2020
    Jan 3–Mar 1 | Harvill Gallery Gifted by Charlsie & John Halliburton. See works on paper by beloved Clarksville resident Tom Malone. More »
  • Serepta Jordan: From the Collection
    January 14, 2020 - March 1, 2020
    Jan 14–Mar 1 | Lower Level Foyer Serepta Mildred Jordan was born January 27, 1839 in New Providence, Tennessee. Jordan started a journal around 1857, when she was 18. More »
  • Apron Strings: Ties to the Past
    January 25, 2020 - March 16, 2020
    Jan 25–Mar 16 | Jostens Gallery Apron Strings: Ties to the Past reviews the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still relevant today. More »
  • Explorations in Color: Tennessee Women of Glass
    January 8, 2020 - March 1, 2020
    Jan 8–Mar 1 | Kimbrough Gallery This exhibition features more than 30 works created by seven women artists working in glass. More »
  • Hands-On Explorers: Family Fun Brainteasers & Puzzles
    January 4, 2020 - January 4, 2020
    Saturdays, Jan 4 & 18 | Family Art Studio Drop-in between 2:00–4:00 p.m. Free with paid admission or membership | Grades K & above with adult International Brainteaser Month and National Puzzle Day are both observed in January. Enjoy a variety of amusing and engaging games and puzzles that tickle your brain More »
  • Hands-On Explorers: Family Fun Brainteasers & Puzzles
    January 18, 2020 - January 18, 2020
    Saturdays, Jan 4 & 18 | Family Art Studio Drop-in between 2:00–4:00 p.m. Free with paid admission or membership | Grades K & above with adult International Brainteaser Month and National Puzzle Day are both observed in January. Enjoy a variety of amusing and engaging games and puzzles that tickle your brain More »
  • Hunt Slonem: Both Sides of the Brush
    November 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020
    NOV 1–JAN 5 | ORGAIN & BRUNER GALLERIES Neo-Expressionist artist Hunt Slonem’s playful paintings often depict multiples of the same subject in a More »
  • Organic Abstract: The Art of Jennifer Bowman
    October 25, 2019 - January 13, 2020
    OCT 25–JAN. 13 | CROUCH GALLERY Kentucky native, Jennifer Bowman is a self-taught contemporary non-objective abstract artist. Her work continues to More »
  • Belgin Yucelen: Semblance
    November 5, 2019 - January 12, 2020
    NOV 1–JAN 12 | JOSTENS GALLERY Belgin Yucelen studied sculpture at the Florence Accademia D’Arte, University of Colorado Boulder, Art Students League of More »
  • Landy R. Hales: American Master of The Layer Poster & Fashions of the Time
    October 2, 2019 - December 31, 2019
    OCT 2–DEC 31 | KIMBROUGH GALLERY Landy R. Hales was a well-known designer in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Later in life, from age 60 to 82, More »
  • Dr. Stanton’s Art of the Gun
    November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019
    THROUGH DEC 31 | KIMBROUGH GALLERY An exhibition of Dr. John Stanton’s artisan rifles and pistols is featured in the Museum’s Kimbrough Gallery. More »
  • The Recent Works of Leah Foote
    November 5, 2019 - December 31, 2019
    NOV 5–DEC 31 | HARVILL GALLERY Clarksville artist Leah Foote works in watercolors and mixed media. She is a member of the 2 Rivers Painters, Downtown Artists Co-op, and the Tennessee Watercolor Society.
  • Christmas Storefront: From the Museum Collection
    November 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020
    THROUGH JAN 5 | MEMORY LANE This holiday exhibit in Memory Lane showcases a festive street of shops featuring items from the Museum collection.
  • Scouts
    September 4, 2019 - November 24, 2019
    SEPT 4 - NOV 24 | LOBBY GALLERY For over 100 years, scouting organizations have shaped our youth through engaging experiences to build character and develop skills. This exhibit explores the evolution of scouting in Montgomery County though items in the Museum’s Collections. Featured items include an edition of the first Girl Scouts of America Handbook and a TN 1986 Bicentennial Celebration quilt.
  • The Magical Stories of Cathy Horner
    September 3, 2019 - November 3, 2019
    SEPT 3 - NOV 3 | HARVILL GALLERY Cathy Horner’s collage art is inspired by her 100 year old farm house in Johnson City, TN. At an early age she discovered that she loved to create. By age forty-eight she found her muse in the art of collage. Horner’s collage art quickly found its way into art galleries and collectors’ homes. Her art is carefully crafted from her collection of ephemera from old magazines, newspapers and catalogs, coupled with her appreciation for all things antique and vintage.
  • The Biggest and Most Important Things: A Duo Exhibition by Michelle & Aaron Grayum
    August 2, 2019 - October 23, 2019
    AUG 3 – OCT 23 | ORGAIN/BRUNER GALLERIES Michelle and Aaron Grayum have owned and operated the graphic design firm The Gray Umbrella in Nashville for more than nine years while raising their 11-year-old son. More »
  • Odyssey: An Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Harmon
    August 8, 2019 - October 20, 2019
    AUG 8 – OCT 20 | CROUCH GALLERY Paul Harmon is an internationally exhibited artist. From 1986 to early 1998, Harmon divided his time between studio/residences in Paris, France and Brentwood, Tennessee. Within the more than fifty works shown, are some of Harmon’s signature themes of reclining nudes and literary references.
  • Jim Diehr: Imagined Perspectives
    August 2, 2019 - September 29, 2019
    AUG 2 – SEPT 29 | JOSTONS GALLERY Artist Jim Diehr’s work showcases his interest in the use of symbols found in religion and mythology. More »
  • Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime: Baseball Panel Discussion
    July 20, 2019 - July 20, 2019
    Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime: Baseball Panel Discussion Saturday, July 20 | Geraldine Brame Turner Auditorium 10:30–11:30 a.m. Free with paid admission or membership In conjunction with the exhibit Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime (on view until July 28th), baseball commentator and historian, Phil Wood, will moderate a panel discussion about our country’s most beloved game. More »
  • The Eagle Has Landed: Celebrating Apollo’s 50th Anniversary
    July 12, 2019 - September 8, 2019
    July 12–Sept 8 | Lobby July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. This exhibit features dioramas by Exhibits Preparator Randy Spurgeon and famous magazine covers from the Museum collection commemorating the event.
  • The Art of Peggy Bonnington
    July 3, 2019 - September 1, 2019
    July 3 – Sept 1 | Harvill Gallery Specializing in handmade papers and mosaics, local artist Peggy Bonnington brings her whimsical studies of color and shape to the Museum. Peggy is Co-Founder & Volunteer Artist Teacher at Arts for Hearts and is a member of the Downtown Artists Co-op. The exhibit will include both 2D and 3D pieces.
  • Revisiting New York: A Photographic Essay by Norman Lerner
    June 25, 2019 - September 29, 2019
    June 25–Sept 29 | Kimbrough Gallery Norman Lerner worked as a fashion and commercial photographer in New York City from the early 50s to the 70s. In 1961, he established the photography program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. More »
  • Sharon Rusch Shaver: The Way I See It
    May 2, 2019 - May 2, 2019
    May 2 – July 25 | Orgain/Bruner Gallatin, Tennessee artist, Sharon Rusch Shaver paints the world around her. In 2008 the artist was awarded an Artist in Residence at Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, MI. More »
  • Sharon Rusch Shaver: The Way I See It
    May 2, 2019 - July 25, 2019
    May 2 – July 25 | Orgain/Bruner Gallatin, Tennessee artist, Sharon Rusch Shaver paints the world around her. In 2008 the artist was awarded an Artist in Residence at Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, MI. More »
  • Remembering D-Day: 75th Anniversary | The Mysterious Captain Weems
    May 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019

    Remembering D-Day: 75th Anniversary Memory Lane | May 21 – Sept 29

    This exhibition presents World War II artifacts from the Museum’s collection’s and private collections including plans & maps of Normandy, and World War II Senate surrender documents signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur

    Memory Lane | May 21 – Sept 29

    New donations to the Museum collection supplement the story of Captain PVC Weems, who lived in Clarksville as a child and went on to invent navigational devices. The exhibit includes a sextant, navigation plotting ruler, and a star position calculator.

  • Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime
    May 9, 2019 - July 28, 2019
    Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime May 9 – July 28 | Crouch Gallery An exhibition of baseball memorabilia, local history, & artifacts. Including a 1927 World Series game ball, Nolan Ryan’s jersey from his final season, and local celebrity, Clark Coyote. Sponsored by Legends Bank
  • Here Comes the Bride
    May 2, 2019 - July 21, 2019
    Jostons Gallery | May 3 – July 21 Here Comes the Bride features wedding dresses, vintage photos, announcements, cake toppers, hair pieces and more from the Museum’s collection’s.
  • Annual Staff Art
    May 2, 2019 - June 23, 2019
    Lobby | May 1 – June 23 The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center presents an exhibition of works in various media by staff members of the Museum. This exhibition celebrates their talent, highlighting the museum’s legacy of nurturing working artists and exhibiting art generated in the local community.  
  • Mike Andrews: A New Vision
    March 7, 2019 - May 5, 2019
    March 7 – May 5 Crouch Gallery A local teacher & sculptor working in wood and limestone brings his new pieces to the Crouch Gallery. Included in the show are Andrew’s figurative pieces, abstract benches, and wall-mounted forms.
  • Bold Strokes: The Art of Sandy Spain
    March 4, 2019 - June 23, 2019
    March 4 – April 28 Harvill Gallery This Nashville artist working in acrylics is known for her strong color palette. Ms. Spain has works in private collections throughout the United States, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Austria, and Germany.
  • H.N. James: The Urban Goddesses
    March 1, 2019 - April 14, 2019
    March 1 – April 14 Lobby Tennessee portrait photographer, H.N. James exhibits a series of work interpreting figures from mythology. The artist states of her work “We live in a time when old ways of viewing women are being challenged and I am pleased to be a part of that conversation as a living woman artist.”
  • 15 Over 50: A Women’s History Month Exhibition
    March 7, 2019 - June 9, 2019
    March 7 – June 9 Kimbrough Gallery This exhibition features 15 contemporary women artists from across the country all over age 50. Works include photography, painting, and sculpture done in a variety of styles.
  • First Responders
    February 21, 2019 - May 12, 2019
    February 21 -  May 12 Memory Lane This exhibition features artifacts and photographs from the Museum’s Collections related to Clarksville’s emergency responders, including the full-scale 1925 fire engine that was used by the Clarksville Fire Department. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Clarksville Dental Center.
  • Lynn Garwood: My View
    February 5, 2019 - April 28, 2019
    February 5 - April 28 Jostens Gallery This exhibition features a Wisconsin artist who paints everyday objects. In 2009, Lynn Garwood closed down her sign painting business to concentrate on being an artist. More »
  • Celebrating 55 Years of G. I. Joe
    February 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019
    February 1 - March 31 Lower Level Foyer Display From the collections of Randy Spurgeon.
  • Matthew Deric Gore: Setting the Stage
    January 3, 2019 - March 3, 2019
    January 3 - March 3 Crouch Gallery This exhibition features a series of paintings that uses the combination of precision and drama of the European Old Masters with silly, punning sense of humor. Nashville artist Matt Gore’ s paintings may be seen regularly at The Haynes Galleries with locations in Nashville and Thomaston, Maine. More »
  • The Photography of Nathan Collie
    January 2, 2019 - February 24, 2019
    January 2 -  February 24 Harvill Gallery This exhibition includes nature photography by this Franklin, TN artist who works with contemporary techniques.
  • Eric L. Hansen: The Dollhouse Series
    January 7, 2019 - February 28, 2019
    January 7 – February 28 The Leaf Chronicle Lobby This series of dollhouse photographs on aluminum by the award-winning photographer Eric Hansen features the first run of this series, which are part of the Museum’s Collection.
  • Eric L. Hansen: The Dollhouse Series
    January 5, 2019 - January 5, 2019
    January 7 – February 28 The Leaf Chronicle Lobby This series of dollhouse photographs on aluminum by the award-winning photographer Eric Hansen features the first run of this series, which are part of the Museum’s Collection.
  • Twentieth Anniversary of the Tornado
    January 7, 2019 - April 28, 2019
    January 7 – April 28 Orgain/Bruner Galleries Gallery This exhibition features artifacts and local stories related to Clarksville’s 1999 Tornado. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Legends Bank.  
  • She’s Not There: New Photographs by Price Harrison
    December 4, 2018 - January 3, 2019
    December 4 – January 3 Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery These images bring attention to everyday places we often overlook. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.
  • New to the Collection
    December 1, 2018 - January 27, 2019
    December 1 -  January 27 Jostens Gallery This exhibition features items that have been recently donated to the museum.
  • Dane Carder: The Healing Game
    December 1, 2018 - February 24, 2019
    December 1 -  February 24 Kimbrough Gallery These paintings are based on the photographs of Dr. Reed Bontecou, who documented the treatment of the wounded toward the end of the Civil War.
  • The Nature of Things: Alison & Frank Lyne
    December 1, 2018 - February 24, 2019
    The Nature of Things: Alison & Frank Lyne December 1 - February 24 Kimbrough Gallery The Lyne’s will feature works on paper and of wood from their series on the upcoming Women’s Suffrage.
  • Christmas Town
    November 1, 2018 - January 27, 2019
    Christmas Town This large collection of porcelain pieces was assembled by Jimmy and Sue Drye of Clarksville.  More »
  • Max Garner: Personal View
    November 1, 2018 - December 1, 2018
    Work by Nashville photographer Max Garner More »
  • Holiday from the Collection
    November 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018
    Objects from the permanent collection of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center celebrate the holiday season. More »
  • The Art of Ashley Mintz
    October 2, 2018 - October 31, 2018
    Nashville artist Ashley Mintz creates colorful mixed media pieces that have exhibited in places such as the Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State University. More »
  • Camille Engel: Her Home Tennessee
    October 16, 2018 - January 2, 2019
    American contemporary realist oil painter Camille Engel is internationally acclaimed and known for her use of rich colors, textures, and intricate detail. This award-winning artist has created a series of paintings themed around the Tennessee State symbols. More »
  • Alan LeQuire: From Clay to Bronze
    October 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019
    Alan LeQuire is best known today for his monumental sculptures in Middle Tennessee. “From Clay to Bronze” features works done in terra cotta, bronze, and drawings, and includes the traveling exhibit “Lost Wax Casting”. More »
  • Carmen McDowell: Color Play
    September 4, 2018 - September 30, 2018
    Nashville native and local, Carmen McDowell has been doing art since her youth. She received an Associates and Bachelors in Studio Arts. A lover of natural things and a huge fan of bold colors, her acrylic paintings experiment with multiple elements to make a simple yet eclectic abstract piece of art. More »
  • Women Painting Women
    September 6, 2018 - November 20, 2018
    Seven contemporary women artists from across the United States form this annual exhibition celebrating women. The artists were chosen for their strong and unique styles. Their interpretations within the theme of figurative painting are as diverse as the many types of women in our society. More »
  • John Baeder: The Scenic Route
    September 11, 2018 - November 28, 2018
    A master of classic Americana, John Baeder is known for his successful photorealistic portrayal of roadside diners and eateries, and nostalgic Americana. In the Jostens Gallery
  • Second Saturday Free Admission Day
    November 9, 2019 - November 9, 2019
    Saturday, January 12  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The museum is open to the public with free admission all day from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as part of our monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.
  • Leslie Haines: Animal Abecedary
    August 1, 2018 - September 2, 2018
    Original animal alphabet artwork created by graphic designer Leslie Haines explores unusual imagery juxtapositions by transforming something ordinary, like an alphabet book, into a fanciful flight of unusual and amusing pairings. Letterpress type, engravings, original drawings, found objects, photography, and old book pages all blend together digitally to become something unexpected. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine. In the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery
  • Annual Staff Art 
    August 3, 2018 - September 28, 2018
    See art in a variety of mediums created by the staff of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. In The Leaf Chronicle Lobby
  • Best of Tennessee Craft Juried Exhibition
    August 4, 2018 - October 14, 2018
    The Best of Tennessee Craft Juried Exhibition represents a full range of media from artisans throughout the state. Juror Kathryn Hall reviewed 172 entries to create the show that is on display through Oct 14. The awards for this show are sponsored by the Ayers Foundation.     Along with the juried work, the Museum will showcase Tennessee Craft’s Master Artist Collection of craft representing the finest work of Tennessee artists. Begun in 2001 to preserve and promote excellence in Tennessee craft for future generations, the collection grows by special invitation to master artists for signature works. In the Crouch, Orgain, & Bruner Galleries
  • Quintin Owens: Memory Structures
    July 3, 2018 - July 31, 2018
    Quintin Owens, Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee chooses to work in clay for its power to breach both high cultural value and domestic functionality; it demands physical labor, validating a sense of play. More »
  • International Reflections: The Art of Women Artists Mentors
    July 5, 2018 - September 2, 2018
    This exhibition represents five women artists who come together in the spirit of friendship and to support each other’s art careers. Women Artists Mentors (WAM) members meet once a month in a video chat online. Each has different levels of experience in pursuing a career in the arts.  More »
  • Interpreting the Familiar: The Art of Hattie Marshall Duncan
    June 6, 2018 - August 19, 2018
    African American folk sculptor Hattie Marshall Duncan creates expressive sculpture that offers a loving, humorous portrayal of her hometown community in Jackson, Tennessee. She uses common household items such as wire hangers, plastic bottles and old stockings to build the frames. More »
  • Brenda Buffet: City Surfing
    June 1, 2018 - July 1, 2018
    A graduate of O'More College of Design with a degree in Fine Arts, Brenda Buffett's paintings are colorful acrylic abstracts. The paintings are full of movement, and are inspired by the Nashville music scene, the urban landscape, and the images of a growing city.  More »
  • Fantastical Patterns: The Art of Valentina Harper
    May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018
    After 15 years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Harper started to create uplifting drawings and designs from her world of fantasies and dreams. In her Nashville studio, this Venezuelan artist enjoys working with different materials, and black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. More »
  • World in Wood: The Folk Art of Herbert Baggett
    May 15, 2018 - July 29, 2018
    Wooden figures by Tennessee artist Frank Baggett are on display. These objects are from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s permanent collection. In the Leaf Chronicle Lobby
  • Tennessee Watercolor Society 2018 Biennial Exhibition
    May 19, 2018 - July 27, 2018
    The Tennessee Watercolor Society will open its 36th Juried Exhibition of water media paintings on paper at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, May 12. Sixty works have been selected for display by juror and artist Lian Quan Zhen. This marks only the second time that Clarksville has been selected as the host city since TnWS began its statewide juried competition in 1972.  Clarksville’s museum hosted the TnWS Juried Exhibit once before in 2006.  More »
  • Exquisite Miniatures
    April 15, 2018 - June 24, 2018
    Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are an American husband and wife team who mesmerize viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification!  More »
  • Nathaniel Mather: Stories Through Color
    April 3, 2018 - June 24, 2018
    The paintings of Nathaniel Mather, in their shallow spaces, childlike renderings of animals, flowers, and rough-edged patches of color are done in water medium materials on canvas and board. Born and raised in California, Nathaniel works in Nashville as an artist and illustrator.  More »
  • Julia Martin: HYPNAGOGIC
    March 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018
    Nashville artist and gallery owner Julia Martin paints the surreal moments just before sleep, when lucid dreaming and hallucinations often occur. This series presents impressionistic figurative paintings in a world where the real and the imagined appear one and the same.  More »
  • Celebrating Women in Business
    March 6, 2018 - April 29, 2018
    In celebration of Women’s History Month, this exhibition uses objects and images from the Museum’s permanent collection to celebrate local businesses throughout Clarksville’s history that have been owned or founded by women. More »
  • Seasons: Frank Majors
    March 6, 2018 - May 27, 2018
    Regional artist Frank Major’s photography is on display in the Jostens Gallery. In the Jostens Gallery
  • Kathleen Conover: Industrial Evolution
    March 2, 2018 - May 2, 2018
    “The most significant ‘signature’ element in my work is deep symbolism.” Kathleen Conover received a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She did her graduate work in printmaking at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.  More »
  • Aretha McKinney Blevins: A Sense of Serenity
    February 2, 2018 - February 28, 2018
    Aretha McKinney Blevins is a Nashville local and self-taught artist. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classical Studies from Vanderbilt University, teaching Latin, Art History, and Greek Mythology for a number of years.  More »
  • Our Town: Stories Within Clarksville’s Doorways
    February 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
    An exhibition of regional stories featuring photographs and artifacts from our collection, including: the jail, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Court House, the Capitol Theater, and more. In Memory Lane
  • Celebrating African American Businesses of Clarksville
    January 8, 2018 - February 28, 2018
    This exhibition uses objects and images from the Museum’s permanent collection to celebrate local African American businesses throughout Clarksville’s history, such as Pope Garrett Dry Cleaners. In The Leaf Chronicle Lobby
  • Robert Schoolfield: The Layers of Up & Down
    January 3, 2018 - January 30, 2018
    Chattanooga artist Robert Schoolfield marks the start of the series of exhibits curated by Nashville Arts Magazine with his series of mixed media paintings.  More »
  • Sloane Bibb: Storied Elements 
    January 11, 2018 - February 28, 2018
    Wood, metal, paper, found objects, tar, and wax make up Atlanta artist Sloane Bibb’s mixed media pieces. Simple motifs, including nature and the female form, stand in measured contrast to the quirky compositions, pointed imagery and high-low mix of materials. In the Crouch Gallery
  • Denise Stewart Sanabria: Misappropriated Mythology Altars
    January 12, 2018 - March 4, 2018
    Where does mythology originate? Who gets to define and invent it? How much of our older Western Mythology is relevant now, and how would it be updated? Using Byzantine decoration, Faberge egg bling, Medieval religious altar construction, and 21st century design standards, More »
  • Narrative Illusions: The Visions of Mindy Herrin
    January 16, 2018 - May 6, 2018
    Mindy Herrin’s narrative sculpture is created with a combination of metal and alternative materials. Organic by nature, her forms use materials for their tactile properties, creating pieces that move, have the appearance of flesh, and hint to the adventures of being female in everyday life. Orgain & Bruner Galleries
  • The Art of Mixed Media Inspired Artists
    January 16, 2018 - March 11, 2018
    Mixed Media Inspired Artists (MMIA) is an artists collective founded by Sandra Washburn. Specializing in acrylic/mixed media, this exhibit showcases artwork from their members. In the Kimbrough Gallery
  • The Art of the 2Rivers Society of Painters
    December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
    The 2Rivers Society of Painters is a group of eight artists from Clarksville, Tennessee who work together in their quest for quality art. More »
  • Doggerels: The Illustrations of Edward Gilman
    November 22, 2017 - January 28, 2018
    Edward R. Gilman was a World War I U.S. Navy artist, painting ships while stationed at Charlestown Harbor in Boston. He moved to New York to work as an illustrator. His lithograph printing included such clients as United Fruit, Betty Crocker, and Coca-Cola.  More »
  • Helping Around the House: Toys from the Museum Collection 
    November 15, 2017 - January 28, 2018
    See a variety of toys from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s permanent collection in Memory Lane.
  • Tom Rice: Endurance in Form
    November 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
    This exhibition is a retrospective of Tom Rice’s long career as a sculptor, and features works done in stone, wood, and ceramic. Tom works with a range of media including limestone, wood and clay. He recycles the stone from torn-down buildings, stone mills, and even discarded tombstones. Found objects often appear in his sculptures.  More »
  • Ann Nichols: Split Focus
    October 2, 2017 - December 3, 2017
    Chattanooga Artist Ann Nichols is a contemporary realist painter who works in the medium of oil. Many of her paintings are inspired by art historical images such as Renaissance portraits, flowers by Georgia O’Keeffe, Dutch floral paintings, botanicals, Magritte’s surrealism and Martin Johnson Heade’s images of orchids and hummingbirds. In the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery
  • Tamara Reynolds: Southern Route
    October 20, 2017 - January 3, 2018
    Photographer Tamara Reynolds was born and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has worked for 25 years as a commercial and editorial photographer for magazines and advertising agencies focusing on portraiture and lifestyle imagery. Reynolds says about her Southern Route series: “This project is about resolving my conflicted feelings I‘ve experienced as a Southerner. More »
  • Veiled Abstractions: L.A. Bachman
    October 20, 2017 - January 14, 2018
    Nashville artist L.A. Bachman’s abstract art explores family, belief, responsibility, failure, and desire, and is an arena for self-reflection. Hints of human form are veiled by an abstract layer like lace across the body, suggesting tangible objects amidst unrecognizable ones.  More »
  • Clarksville Past
    November 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017
    This exhibit explores the history of Clarksville, Tennessee, with a focus on downtown. In the Leaf Chronicle Lobby
  • Earth from Space
    August 1, 2017 - September 27, 2017
    The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) is proud to present Earth from Space, a collaboration between SITES and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This travelling exhibition consists of 41 large-scale banners of spectacular satellite imagery collected over the past 30 years. In the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery
  • Olen Bryant: In Loving Memory
    August 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017
    Olen Bryant, Tennessee sculptor artist and former professor of art at Austin Peay State University, died at the age of 90 during the week of July 9, 2017. The museum is honoring his life and artwork with this exhibit that showcases Bryant’s artwork from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center collection. In The Leaf Chronicle Lobby
  • Women Painting Women: In Earnest
    August 4, 2017 - October 1, 2017
    Women Painting Women began as an online blog in 2009, highlighting women artists working in the figurative tradition, started at a time when the founders, Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri, felt there was little support for those working in that genre. Since then the site has featured the work of hundreds of women painters from around the world. The main focus of Women Painting Women is to gain recognition for contemporary living artists. More »
  • The X Housewife Portraits by Kit Kite
    August 8, 2017 - October 22, 2017
    In this series of photographs, artist Kit Kite takes on the persona of a beleaguered housewife who is overwhelmed by sculptured piles of domestic items such as plastic utensils, milk cartons, and baking pans. More »
  • Ed Nash: Terrain
    August 10, 2017 - October 18, 2017
    Nash focuses on abstract non-representational work. His mixed media terrain series build up on the canvas to create textured landforms. More »
  • This Is My Story
    June 7, 2017 - October 15, 2017
    Women writers representing multiple decades share their thoughts of who they are on May 14, 2017 (Mother’s Day). Their writings are suspended on cloth, hung “clothesline style” in the gallery.  More »
  • Eric Buechel: The Familiar
    June 1, 2017 - July 30, 2017
    Eric Buechel grew up in a rural northern area of New Jersey, just west of Manhattan and attended the DuCret School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey. More »
  • The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper
    May 9, 2017 - August 1, 2017
    This exhibition is one of the most comprehensive traveling exhibitions ever organized featuring works on paper by African-American artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The 70 works in the exhibition include drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum cuts and color screen prints by such noted artists as Ron Adams, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Eldizer Cortor, Margaret Burroughs, and many other outstanding artists.  More »
  • Peggy Kretchmar Leland: Abstracted Surroundings
    April 4, 2017 - May 30, 2017
    Knoxville artist Peggy Kretchmar Leland uses hot wax to create abstract encaustic paintings, often incorporating elements of nature and architecture. More »
  • Radnor Lake: The Photography of Lisa Ernst
    February 28, 2017 - April 2, 2017
    Lisa Ernst is a contemporary still life artist, floral painter and photographer with a primary focus on nature. More »
  • Marilyn Murphy: Short Stories
    March 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017
    Marilyn Murphy is an artist whose drawings and oil paintings create curious situations implying a larger story that often explores dualities both formally and conceptually (safety and danger, peace and turmoil, fire and water). More »
  • Hornsby: Fracture
    March 8, 2017 - May 4, 2017
    Knoxville artist Hornsby's latest "Fracture" painting series is a haunting exploration into the fractured human nature and the fight within. More »
  • Hunt Slonem: From the Collection
    March 9, 2017 - May 2, 2017
    A Neo-Expressionist, Hunt Slonem combines Abstract Expressionist techniques with mysticism and animal subjects of Islam and Mexico and is best known for his paintings of tropical birds More »
  • Forward March
    March 7, 2017 - July 28, 2017
    This exhibit showcases maps, documents, dioramas, flags, and photos from several wars, featuring objects from the collection of Dr. John Olson. In the Kimbrough Gallery
  • Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature
    March 23, 2017 - October 1, 2017
    This groundbreaking exhibition of Appalachian children’s literature examines seminal titles published since the 1800's. Come explore our region’s literary heritage and see how children’s literature tells the story of Appalachia. More »
  • A Fine Note
    February 1, 2017 - May 28, 2017
    This exhibit gives a brief look at the importance of music in Clarksville. Items from the Customs House Museum’s permanent collection highlight the world of music, including instruments, sheet music, photographs, and other artifacts ranging from the 1820s until the 1970s. More »
  • The Art of Margaret Evangeline
    January 26, 2017 - March 5, 2017
    Margaret Evangeline is a contemporary painter, sculptor, and installation artist who lives and works in New York City. See her paintings from the museum collection on display.  More »
  • The Local 5
    February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017
    The Harvill Gallery features five local Clarksville artists: Leah Foote, Malcolm Glass, Terri Jordan, Richard Hogan, and Larry Martin.  More »
  • Utility & Beauty: The Glass of Emmanuel Studio
    January 12, 2017 - March 5, 2017
    This exhibit showcases projects from the Emmanuel Stained Glass Studio, Inc. in Nashville Tennessee, one of most highly respected studios in the United States for both restoration and new commissions.  More »
  • Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation
    January 6, 2017 - February 26, 2017
    Wessyngton Plantation, Located in Robertson County, Tennessee, was comprised of 13,000 acres with an enslaved labor force of 274 African Americans in 1860. More »
  • Portraits of David Iacovazzi‐Pau
    January 3, 2017 - January 29, 2017
    Born in Luxembourg, David Iacovazzi‐Pau settled in Louisville, Kentucky where he explores portraiture through paintings and works on paper.  More »
  • Barry Motes: Relationships
    December 1, 2016 - December 30, 2016
    Barry Motes' often surrealistic art investigates spiritual themes and their relationship to the physical world. More »
  • Tennessee Watercolor Society 35th Juried Traveling Exhibition
    December 1, 2016 - February 3, 2017
    Thirty paintings selected by internationally known Juror, John Salminen, are on display in the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center's Kimbrough Gallery, Dec 1 through February 3, 2017. More »
  • Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone
    December 13, 2016 - March 12, 2017
    This multimedia exhibit is a visualization of the poem by Stellasue Lee, depicting the tale of a cat’s reaction to her owner’s absence.  More »
  • Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity
    October 27, 2016 - January 4, 2017
    Anton Weiss was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His family moved to Springfield, Tennessee after World War II, and then to Nashville. His abstract expressionistic art has influenced many and is in several collections. Anton Weiss was heavily involved in the regional arts scene beginning in the 1960s. More »
  • Christmas Town
    November 15, 2016 - January 22, 2017
    Hundreds of porcelain pieces recently donated by the Drye family make up a large display for Christmas Town! There are moving parts and lights, and even a model train making its way through the village.  More »
  • The Art of Leah Foote   
    November 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016
    Work by Clarksville artist Leah Foote is on display in our Peg Harvill Gallery. Her watercolors and mixed media feature local buildings and scenery. She says, "As a result of my art, I find that I view the world differently now and am more appreciative of every day beauty in my surroundings than before."
  • Cut: An Invitational Exhibition   
    November 4, 2016 - January 15, 2017
    This exhibit features work by several artists, all of whom cut materials such as paper, fabric, and aluminum to create their art.
  • Halloween Past
    October 1, 2016 - November 1, 2016
    Get into the Halloween spirit in Memory Lane! Spooky objects from the Customs House’s collection give a glimpse into the holiday’s past with vintage costumes, toys, postcards, and the reappearance of our hearse.
  • The Modern Whimsy of Aaron Grayum 
    October 4, 2016 - October 30, 2016
    Work by Nashville artist Aaron Grayum is on display in our Peg Harvill Gallery. His whimsical and colorful paintings, with elements such as balloons and birds, are designed to inspire the inner child.
  • 120th Anniversary of Lui Heimansohn
    October 10, 2016 - January 5, 2017
    Heimansohn Steel and Salvage is a full service steel and scrap metal business located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Explore 120 years of their history in The Leaf Chronicle Lobby.
  • Nina Covington: Explorations
    September 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016
    Photographer and art model Nina Covington presents a series of 12 mixed media pieces. Her images on 20x30 canvas are painted on with acrylic paint and gel, and explore the technique of long exposures.
  • Plane Clarksville
    September 14, 2016 - November 27, 2016
    Learn the local story of Frank Adkins, U.S. Army Air Forces ACE, credited with shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat during World War II. Objects from the museum collection will be on display, including model planes and medals.
  • Perspective: The Vision of Jessica Holly
    August 2, 2016 - August 31, 2016
    Artist Jessica Holly from Berea, Kentucky merges the disciplines of photography and drawing to create alluring digital designs that juxtapose personal icons with images of natural and urban environments. More »
  • Annual Staff Art Exhibition   
    August 2, 2016 - October 2, 2016
    See art in a variety of mediums created by the staff of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.
  • Women Painting Women   
    August 5, 2016 - October 23, 2016
    Women Painting Women promotes the work of contemporary female artists working in the figurative tradition who focus on women as their subject matter. This exhibition features nine artists from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
  • Tammy O’Connor: Hand Shadows: Imagination in Glass
    August 8, 2016 - October 30, 2016
    This body of work by Tammy O’Connor is comprised of whimsical characters created with glass and shadows. The project is reminiscent of the many storytelling moments the artist experienced as a child with her family.
  • Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure
    August 11, 2016 - October 16, 2016
    Art by well-known local artist Olen Bryant is on display. The exhibit features sculptures from the CHM&CC Permanent Collection as well as additional work on loan from other sources.  More »
  • Eric Hansen: Dollhouses from the Collection
    August 16, 2016 - October 23, 2016
    The series of dollhouse photographs on aluminum by the award-winning photographer Eric Hansen are on exhibit.
  • Fantastic Fans from the Collection
    July 15, 2016 - August 31, 2016
    Hand fans from the CHM&CC collection are on display in Memory Lane.
  • Amy Chase: Rediscovered Relationships
    July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016
    Kentucky artist Amy Chase’s ceramic work focuses on representing personal relationships, memories or situations of her experiences. The surfaces consist of intricate patterns that are applied using precise silkscreened slip and glazing techniques.
  • Working the Spirit Close to Home: The Portraits of William Stamms Shackelford
    May 11, 2016 - July 31, 2016
    This gathering of 19th century paintings by William Stamms Shackelford showcases his unique depictions of various people, including portraits of the Clarksville Shackelford family. More »
  • Cumberland River: An American Legacy
    May 3, 2016 - July 31, 2016
    This series of plein air paintings by Larry Richardson explore the Cumberland River.  More »
  • Leisure Time
    May 5, 2016 - August 7, 2016
    This exhibit explores the theme of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor leisure activities in the area with objects from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s permanent collection.
  • Taking a Look at Cave Johnson
    May 11, 2016 - July 31, 2016
    Take a closer look at the life of Clarksvillian Cave Johnson. Johnson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1828, and later served as president of the Bank of Tennessee from 1854 to 1860. More »
  • Erosion: Studies of Finite Permanence
    May 3, 2016 - May 29, 2016
    Artist Lauren Brady uses layers of transparency and texture in her landscape paintings, exploring the development that occurs with time and what is seen in retrospect.  More »
  • Carol LeBaron: Life Source
    May 5, 2016 - July 31, 2016
    Tennessee artist Carol LeBaron transforms remembered light to imagery, collecting fragments from both the landscape of her remembered experience and observation of natural forms.
  • Cast of Blues
    March 22, 2016 - May 23, 2016
    A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, the exhibition A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy.
  • Oh, To Live by the Sea
    March 25, 2016 - April 28, 2016
    This traveling exhibit features hook rugs by various artists, all with an ocean theme. Inspired by the last line of the poem “Sea Joy” by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, “Oh—To live by the sea is my only wish,” these works range from traditional representations of lobster shacks, fishing boats, sea gulls and beach vacations to more abstract representations of sea, sky, shells and sand.  More »
  • A Time of Mourning
    March 10, 2016 - May 3, 2016
    During the Victorian era (1837-1901), mourning took on a rigorous role in social etiquette. The grieving process is explored in this exhibit through clothing, photographs, and other objects from the Customs House Museum’s collection, including items owned by Serepta Jordan. More »
  • A Woman’s Touch: Celebrating Tennessee Crafts
    March 4, 2016 - May 1, 2016
    This exhibit features female artisans from across the state of Tennessee.  More »
  • James Alexander: Sculptural Thinkings & Minimalism
    March 8, 2016 - May 1, 2016
    Trained as both an architect and as a sculptor, James Rodger Alexander utilizes form to articulate and delineate space. Both his large scale sculptural installations and small scale sculptural pieces focus primarily on one reoccurring issue: the resolution of the conflict between opposing forces. More »
  • Elizabeth LaPenna: Expressions in Color
    March 1, 2016 - May 1, 2016
    An abstract artist working in acrylics and mixed media, Elizabeth LaPenna approaches each piece from an intuitive perspective, inspired by spirituality and nature. More »
  • School Days
    March 9, 2016 - May 8, 2016
    What was it like to attend the Clarksville Female Academy? Items from our collection take a look at the schools and graduations of Montgomery County from the late 1860s to the 1930s.  More »
  • Celebrating Black History Month
    February 2, 2016 - February 28, 2016
    Items from our museum collection showcase Black History Month. Featured artifacts on display include: More »
  • Mergings, A Visual Exploration: The Art of Jennifer Crescuillo
    February 2, 2016 - February 28, 2016
    This series of art by Jennifer Crescuillo features fused, cold worked, and sand carved glass monuments to obsolete technology. More »
  • The Art of Noriko Register
    January 5, 2016 - January 31, 2016
    Noriko's paintings focus on the everyday objects which fascinate her: their color and shape in the space they inhabit and the space her art creates for them.  More »
  • Of Stars & Stripes: From the Collection of Dr. John Olson
    January 13, 2016 - May 4, 2016
    An extensive private collection of American flags, political banners, and memorabilia tell a visual story of our states. See original pre-Civil War flags, reproductions from the Colonial era, and more!  More »
  • William Buffett: A New Simplicity
    December 1, 2015 - January 3, 2016
    A graduate of The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, William Buffett is known for his tropical townscapes, featuring palm trees and glimpses of the ocean. The painting of jazz musicians is his true passion and he seems to capture the sound of the music in his dynamic paintings. He is now a resident of Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.
  • Elizabeth Sanford: Inside the Understory
    November 3, 2015 - November 29, 2015
    Nashville artist Elizabeth Sanford tells visual fairy tales with watercolor sculptures.  More »
  • Surroundings: The Art of Frank Baggett   
    November 3, 2015 - January 10, 2016
    Artist Frank Baggett is a Tennessean and is known nationally as a successful landscape and wildlife artist with over 40 years of experience. More »
  • Thomas Spake: Fragile Illumination
    November 3, 2015 - January 4, 2016
    Thomas Spake creates hand blown glass that is unique and contemporary. Drawing inspiration from the earth, air, and sea, his work incorporates the key design elements of texture, color, pattern, light, and motion.
  • Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection
    October 9, 2015 - January 31, 2016
    Quilts became a popular bed cover in the early 19th century when the power loom was introduced to the United States in 1814. See a variety of quilts out of the past from the museum collection. Exhibit sponsored in part by Legends Bank.
  • Rebellion & Roar: The 1920s
    October 1, 2015 - November 29, 2015
    Experience the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with costumes, art, and artifacts from the museum collection.
  • Carla Ciuffo: Girl with a Scar
    October 1, 2015 - November 28, 2015
    A scar reminds us of what we’ve been, how we’ve changed, and how we’ve started over. This photography series by Nashville artist Carla Ciuffo depicts the healing of one of these wounded. More »
  • Celebrating 95 Years of Clarksville Kiwanis
    October 6, 2015 - November 29, 2015
    Celebrate 95 years of history and artifacts of the Kiwanis in Clarksville.
  • Nature as Art: Art as Awareness
    August 25, 2015 - October 4, 2015
    This exhibition features work by the group 52 Weeks - Nature Painting Challenge. Close to 400 members challenge other like minded artists to paint from a nature photo, presented each Monday, and to complete the painting within a week’s time. More »
  • Yesterday’s Child
    August 27, 2015 - October 4, 2015
    On display is selection of vintage toys, clothes, and photos from the museum collection, including Victorian era post-mortem photographs.
  • Donna Rizzo: Rhythm in Clay
    September 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015
    Donna Rizzo became a full time clay artist in 2002 after leaving a long career in dance. She has received both the Governors Award in the Arts (distinguished artist) and a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. This Exhibit is sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine.
  • Raeanne Rubenstein: Sky Portraits
    September 8, 2015 - October 25, 2015
    Photographer Raeanne Rubenstein, known for her iconic images of Andy Warhol, is debuting a new series of photography featuring "sky portraits". This photography exhibit explores the beauty of the earth’s sky throughout the changing seasons.  More »
  • Darkroom Junkies: Structured
    August 27, 2015 - October 1, 2015
    This group exhibition features work by the local photography organization known as the Darkroom Junkies. All of the photography in this exhibition was taken on film and produced in a darkroom.
  • F. Luis Mora
    July 16, 2015 - September 1, 2015
    F. Luis Mora (1874 – 1940) was a Hipanic-American artist, working in watercolor, oil, and tempera paints. He produced many sketches and illustrations, often done in pencil or pen and ink. He is recognized for his depictions of early 20th century American life.  More »
  • Diane Davich-Craig: Paintings & Ponderings
    August 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015
    Nashville artist Diane Davich-Craig’s work is colorful, happy and sometimes has a little joke waiting for you to notice. Born in Columbia Tennessee and growing up in the country with nothing to do but play music or draw started Diane on her career. More »
  • In the Footsteps of Alvin York
    July 9, 2015 - September 27, 2015
    Alvin York was one of the most decorated World War I soldiers from Tennessee. This exhibit celebrating his life is brought to us by the Museum of the American Military Experience. In October 1918, under heavy fire and casualties, command fell to Sergeant York as he led seven men to take out a German machine gun nest. More »
  • The Expats
    July 9, 2015 - September 1, 2015
    These paintings are by expat artists living in the Nashville area.  
  • pu-ri-na kaleidoscope: luciana ja’ vonne
    July 1, 2015 - July 30, 2015
    This exhibit is sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine.
  • Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas   
    June 16, 2015 - August 23, 2015
    This exhibit features original, candid photographs of America’s iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell. It is a rare and unusual opportunity to get a candid glimpse of the man who privately, humbly, with dry Yankee wit and much wisdom, showed us a better version of ourselves.  More »
  • Clarence Cameron White
    June 2, 2015 - July 31, 2015
    Clarence Cameron White was an African-American music composer and violinist born in Clarksville, TN in 1880. This exhibit in our lobby features various artifacts from his life. This exhibit is sponsored in part by JoAnne & Arthur Burgess and Gail Robinson-Oturu.
  • The Illusion of Person and Place: The Spirit of Asia by Bob Sherman
    June 2, 2015 - June 30, 2015
    Photographs by Bob Sherman explore the spirit of Asia. "My photographic passion is the pursuit of capturing the true essence of who we are and the world around us. It is my belief that the separation we feel from the world and each other is an illusion created by our ignorance and fear. More »
  • Southern Watercolor Society: 38th Annual Juried Exhibition
    May 12, 2015 - July 5, 2015
    This exhibit features eighty-seven paintings from watercolorists across the nation, eleven coming from Tennessee artists. Exhibits Curator, Terri Jordan, states “I am honored to have the Southern Watercolor Society (SWS) present its 38th Annual Juried Exhibition here at the Customs House Museum. More »
  • Ed Nash: Exploration
    May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
    Ed Nash was born in Letchworth Garden City, England in 1976. Letchworth was built by and designed by Quakers in 1903 and was a focus of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Like several members of the British Post-Impressionist movement who visited, lived and painted in Letchworth, Ed was inspired by More »
  • Westward Ho!
    April 7, 2015 - May 31, 2015
    This diorama-themed exhibit portrays the United State's westward expansion into Tennessee.
  • The Creative Gilmans
    March 2, 2015 - May 24, 2015
    This exhibit showcases the Gilman family's artworks, covering four generations of Gilman artists. See a wide range of creative skills including painting, needlework, and graphic design!
  • In the Garden: A Women’s History Month Exhibition
    March 10, 2015 - May 10, 2015
    Each March the Customs House Museum creates an invitational themed exhibit celebrating women artists. This year’s show, In the Garden, features the work of artists from across the state of Tennessee, all created in a variety of styles.  More »
  • The Quiet Stage: The Art of Lynn Garwood
    March 2, 2015 - April 30, 2015
    Lynn Garwood is a realistic painter living in the historic city of Burlington, Wisconsin, on the Fox River. "Old Ford Flatbed" 36"x48" acrylic This Ford is a truck my friend Gilbert picked up with his Auto Salvage business.  We set it up in my farm field and I just waited for days to get the right clouds and scenery for this very rusty colorful truck.  It was by me for about 2 weeks, when I was done photographing, someone decided to buy the truck. Written under all the paint is the word "Peace", because I crave it! More »
  • Sergio Gomez: The Land In Between
    March 6, 2015 - May 7, 2015
    Chicago-based artist Sergio Gomez brings his bold figurative works to the Customs House Museum with the exhibit The Land In Between. Exhibited in the two-story Crouch Gallery, the moody, ghost-like forms that anchor Gomez’s large paintings appear restless and calm at the same time, amid dripping colors and spackled landscapes. More »
  • Go Figure!
    February 25, 2015 - June 14, 2015
    Go Figure! transforms charming children’s books into a kids-sized world where children and adults delight in exploring math and books. The exhibit offers hands-on, play-filled experiences with simple math concepts More »
  • Pray to Love: The Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze
    February 4, 2015 - March 1, 2015
    The Monestere de la Visitationhon and the small order of nuns who reside there are the subject matter of the new exhibit in the Customs House Museum’s Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery. The artist, Anne Goetze, began going to the Monastery to visit her aunt Helen. What evolved was a deep admiration and respect for More »
  • Divided Loyalties: Works by The Nashville Artist Guild
    January 8, 2015 - February 25, 2015
    The Nashville Artist Guild has created Divided Loyalties, a group of original works of art that commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  More »
  • Right Before My Eyes: A Still Life Invitational
    January 8, 2015 - March 6, 2015
    A still life is a work of art traditionally depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (such as food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (such as books, vases, jewelry, coins). The eclectic group of artists exhibiting in Right Before My Eyes: A Still Life Invitational brings a variety of interpretations within the theme. More »
  • Miranda Herrick: New Work
    January 8, 2015 - February 1, 2015
    Clarksville artist Miranda Herrick uses aluminum cans to weave together mosaic pieces to make statements on accumulation and mass consumption. More »
  • Free At Last!
    January 6, 2015 - February 25, 2015
    As we begin the last year of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area has expanded its traveling exhibition about emancipation and Reconstruction. "Free at Last!" tells the momentous story of the transition from slavery to freedom and the development of citizenship among formerly enslaved African Americans.  More »
  • Dreamer: The Art of Thomas Dodd
    January 8, 2015 - March 8, 2015
    The mythical figures in Thomas Dodd’s exhibit Dreamer: The Art of Thomas Dodd turn the Customs House Museum’s Orgain Gallery into a forest of fairy tales. The viewer is immediately transported into a surreal fantasy of contemporary stories within each work of art. More »
  • The AFS Story: 100 Years of Intercultural Experiences
    December 18, 2014 - December 31, 2014
    This exhibition tells the story of the heroic American Field Service (AFS) Drivers under the leadership of A. Piatt Andrew in World War I and Stephen Galatti in World War II—and how AFS was transformed from a wartime ambulance corps into a groundbreaking international secondary school student exchange, volunteer, and intercultural learning organization with a noble vision: to help build a more peaceful world by promoting understanding among cultures.  
  • Anthony Scarlati: Paper Mustangs
    November 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    Photographer Anthony Scarlati’s work is on view in the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery. Anthony has spent more than twenty years working in the entertainment, sports and equine industries. More »
  • The Horse as Muse: Members of the American Academy of Equine Art
    November 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    The Kimbrough Gallery displays work by members of the American Academy of Equine Art, Inc. Established in 1980 by distinguished artists, the group aims to promote the academic representation of the equine form in drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • The Tennessee Walking Horse
    November 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    The Challenges and Champions Sports Gallery houses an exhibit on the Tennessee walking horse with items on loan from the National Walking Horse Museum and Clarksvillian Betty Corlew, who owned and rode two world champions in her competition days.  More »
  • My Kingdom for a Horse
    November 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    My Kingdom for a Horse features horse themed art and antiques on loan from the Tennessee State Museum, West Tennessee Regional Art Center, and private collections.  More »
  • Eric L Hansen: Blood Rescue
    November 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    The muses of Eric L Hansen’s mixed media art reside at Queen of Hearts Farm in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Today in the United States there are almost 450 horse rescue ranches with a total occupancy of 18,000 horses, and they still turn away 12,000 more annually.  More »
  • Richard Hogan: My View
    September 30, 2014 - October 31, 2014
    Richard Hogan began painting in earnest shortly after he retired in 2001.Landscapes are the primary focus of his paintings reflective of boyhood memories in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Jurors have described his works as ethereal, mystical, muted, and “foggy.”  More »
  • Aletha Carr: New Connections
    September 30, 2014 - October 31, 2014
    Carr’s assemblages consist of discarded objects, such as marbles, action figures, and electronics. More »
  • Margaret Evangeline: From the Collection
    September 17, 2014 - October 31, 2014
    Paintings by Internationally known artist Margaret Evangeline are on view in the Customs House Museum’s Kimbrough Gallery through October. The large scale works are part of the museum’s permanent collection. More »
  • Martin Breedlove: Bold Moves
    September 2, 2014 - September 28, 2014
    Murfreesboro artist Martin Breedlove uses “pixels” of paint, resulting in an abstract realism style. Bold contrasting colors lend an active energy to his subjects.  More »
  • Even When: Recent Works by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl
    September 10, 2014 - October 26, 2014
    The husband and wife team from Clarksville will showcase new works, both individual and collaborative, in their exhibit Even When.   More »
  • Women Painting Women
    September 13, 2014 - November 2, 2014
    Customs House Museum celebrates women artists with its annual Women Painting Women exhibit. This year’s slate of artists hailing from Tennessee, California, Georgia, and Ohio, offer a variety of artistic views of the female form.  More »
  • Leslie Shiels: Dizygotic
    September 11, 2014 - November 2, 2014
    “Twins” is the concept behind Ohio artist Leslie Shiels' exhibit. Twins can either be monozygotic, “identical”, meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic, “fraternal”, because they develop from two separate eggs. More »
  • My Own Backyard: The Art of Patsy Sharpe
    August 5, 2014 - August 31, 2014
    Nature landscapes by local artist Patsy Sharpe.  More »
  • Technically Speaking
    July 22, 2014 - September 7, 2014
    Objects from the museum’s collection showcase technology from the last 100 years that has influenced the technology of today.  More »
  • The Outsiders: Folk Art from the Hicks & Vander Elst Collections
    July 10, 2014 - September 7, 2014
    Robert Hicks is a collector of mostly Southern Outsider Art. He was the first Tennessean to be included in Art & Antiques magazine’s Top 100 Collectors in America.  More »
  • Endowments From Our Fathers
    July 2, 2014 - July 26, 2014
    Work by Tennessee artist Janet Felts. Her artwork is about simple pleasures in life; relationships, nature, and music inspire her as an artist. More »
  • Paul Harmon: Inner Voices
    July 3, 2014 - September 7, 2014
    International artist Paul Harmon exhibits his lyrical paintings in the Customs House Museum’s Crouch Gallery beginning July 3rd. The themes of Harmon’s paintings always incorporate poetry, prose and ideas from the artist’s interests and experiences. More »
  • Greg Williamson: With the Troops
    June 10, 2014 - August 31, 2014
    Greg Williamson is a multi media journalist with The Leaf Chronicle. In February 2013 Williamson spent three weeks embedded with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and logged many hours of flight time traveling to and from Forward Out Bases. More »
  • Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes
    May 23, 2014 - September 7, 2014
    In recognition of the Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of State collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense on a juried photography project, Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes,  which featured photographs taken by active military, Foreign Service, and Civil Service personnel while serving overseas.   More »
  • The Art of Flying High: A Preview of This Year’s Work
    April 29, 2014 - June 4, 2014
    Get a sneak peek at a portion of artwork included in Flying High 2014's auction!  More »
  • Illustrated Poetry: The Art of Jim Diehr
    May 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014
    The acrylic paintings in this exhibition are collaborations between visual artist Jim Diehr and author David Huddle. Diehr has illustrated twenty-two poems written by David, and David has written twenty some poems based on Jim's sculpture.  More »
  • Anne Bagby: Layered Expressions
    May 8, 2014 - July 6, 2014
    Bagby’s work combines traditional drawing, painting and printmaking, using several layers to play with the boundaries between design and texture.  More »
  • Figuratively Speaking: National Juried Exhibition
    May 9, 2014 - July 13, 2014
    Artists from across the nation portray the human figure in various media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and more.  More »
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    April 2, 2014 - June 26, 2014
    Follow the Yellow Brick Road to an award-winning interactive experience! Step into the pages of the literary classic written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. Designed to engage and challenge guests to step into reading, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz invites visitors into large pop-up book pages that frame each section of this exhibit. More »
  • There’s No Place Like Oz: Memorabilia from the Collection of Dr. John Olson
    April 2, 2014 - June 29, 2014

    View an assortment of Wizard of Oz memorabilia spanning the decades of its rich history. Items on display include Madame Alexander dolls, original movie scripts, books, autographs, toys, and more!

  • Sixth Annual Women’s History Month Exhibition
    March 6, 2014 - May 4, 2014
    For the sixth annual Women’s History Month exhibition, the Customs House Museum is featuring the work of contemporary female photographers and an installation by award-winning artist Sher Fick. Both shows fall under the theme of “family”. More »
  • The Art of Peach McComb
    March 4, 2014 - April 27, 2014
    Nashville artist Peach McComb brings the outdoors in with her current exhibit at the Customs House Museum. Painting in a broad range of subjects, Peach works in both impressionistic and representational styles. More »
  • Sessions with Andy: Warhol Photography from the University of South Carolina Upstate
    March 6, 2014 - May 4, 2014
    Andy Warhol is best known for his Pop Art paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe.  While the iconic celebrity paintings began with appropriated media photographs that were silk-screened onto a canvas, the commissioned works began with a Polaroid photo-session with Warhol. The museum exhibition contains some of these serial photographs and presents the viewer several photographs exhibiting only minor changes from one image to the next. More »
  • The Photography of David Smith
    February 4, 2014 - March 2, 2014
    David Smith is a retired U.S. Army Still Photographer. Most of his images are landscapes and scenery of the Clarksville area, while others capture the magnificence of Tennessee's State Parks.  More »
  • Of Glaze and Kiln: The Art of Melody and Ken Shipley
    January 9, 2014 - March 2, 2014
    Local artists Melody and Ken Shipley display their large ceramics in the Orgain and Bruner Galleries.  More »
  • TACA Regional Exhibition
    January 15, 2014 - March 30, 2014
    This exhibit features the work of 26 members of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. A variety of mediums will be represented, including tapestries, carvings, sculptures, paintings, embroideries, and photography. More »
  • The Art of Jeffrey Stone
    January 9, 2014 - February 2, 2014
    Local woodcarver Jeffrey  Stone showcases his medieval-like artwork.

  • Neil Crockarell: The Sewing Room
    January 9, 2014 - February 23, 2014
    Neil Crockarell was a dress designer born in 1939 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in fashion design. He then opened a dress shop in Nashville that catered to the "upper society". More »
  • Vintage Toys
    December 3, 2013 - December 29, 2013
    See vintage toys in our lobby throughout the month of December! More »
  • Entangled Roots: The Art of Jennifer Bowman
    October 4, 2013 - January 5, 2014
    Jennifer Bowman considers herself to be a “self-taught” artist. That is not to say there is anything academic or amateur about her paintings. On the contrary, her abstract landscapes are both earthy and sophisticated. More »
  • The Surreal World of Mindy Herrin
    November 5, 2013 - December 29, 2013
    Mindy Herrin is a metalsmithing professor, sculptor, and figurative artist. “I use elements of nature and the body to create narrative objects, jewelry, and sculpture.  More »
  • Cindy Billingsley: Wild Ones
    October 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014
    Award-winning wildlife sculptor and painter Cindy Billingsley presents new works in the Kimbrough gallery.  More »
  • Dane Carder: Ghosts and Hopes
    October 23, 2013 - January 12, 2014
    “This body of work is not simply about the Civil War. It is about an emotion: the layered, all-encompassing emotion that accompanies a life lived. It is about being passionate enough to fight, compassionate enough to grieve, honest enough to be open. It is about ghosts and hopes.” - Dane Carder More »
  • Tom Malone: Art from Influence
    September 13, 2013 - October 20, 2013
    A series of women’s faces fill the Customs House Museum’s Crouch gallery from September 13th through October 20th. The first thing one notices about Tom Malone’s figurative works are the eyes. Expressionistic and haunting, there is a continuity that is Malone’s signature style. More »
  • The Photography of Tony Centonze
    September 3, 2013 - October 27, 2013
    Photography by local artist Tony Centonze will be on display through October 27th. More »
  • The Amazing Maze: Tennessee Waterway
    June 11, 2013 - August 25, 2013
    The Amazing Maze is back for the summer. This year the maze's theme is all about Tennesse waterways.
  • Every Day: The Photography of Tonya Coleman
    July 2, 2013 - August 26, 2013
    "I am rarely without a camera within arm's reach, constantly observing the world around me for things that catch my eye. My photos tend to focus on the simple things in life. Old or forgotten things that brought someone joy, memories of sorrow, memories long forgotten or yet to be seen. More »
  • Traditions: Tennessee Lives & Legacies
    May 24, 2013 - June 30, 2013
    Tradition: Tennessee Lives & Legacies is a collection of photographs by Dean Dixon that celebrates the lives and cultural significance of regional Tennessee folk artists. This traveling exhibit was created by the Tennessee Arts Commision and explores the lives of various artists and musicians from across the state.
  • Mike Andrews: Carvings, Castings and Construction
    May 17, 2013 - August 31, 2013
    Artist Mike Andrews has been creating art for more than two decades out of limestone, wood, and metal. More recently, he has produced large, wall installations comprised of patterns belonging to the Clarksville Foundry. These patterns, some of which were originally used as far back as the Industrial Revolution, have been given a new life in Andrews’ compositions.   More »
  • Men’s Image of Women
    February 26, 2013 - April 28, 2013
    Men's Image of Women is an exhibit that features local male photographers. Their photographs explore their personal interpretation of women and the female form. This showing coincides with the Women Painting Women exhibition.
  • Archetypes: The Art of Diane Shaw
    May 1, 2013 - June 25, 2013
    "This collection of work is about the psychology of ancient archetypes. As diverse as the stars in the heavens, archetypes indicate individual behavioral patterns. Each of us incarnate with a select group of these patterns that remain with us throughout our lives. More »
  • Only the Shadows Know: Photography from the Darkroom Junkies
    April 2, 2013 - June 9, 2013
    Only the Shadows Know is a group exhibition featuring work by a local photography organization known as the Darkroom Junkies. All of the photography in this exhibition was taken on film and produced in a darkroom. More »
  • New to the Collection
    January 29, 2013 - March 30, 2013
    In our 1898 Customs House Heritage Hall Gallery, the Museum will be featuring new acquisitions from our permanent collection. The artwork on display will include pieces by the following artists: More »
  • Celebrating Black History Month: Dr. Sylvester Jefferson
    February 5, 2013 - March 3, 2013
    In honor of Black History Month, the Museum would like to highlight the accomplishments of Dr. Sylvester Jefferson. Dr. Sylvester Jefferson was an African-American dentist who practiced in Clarksville after 1915. Dr. Jefferson was a contemporary of Dr. Robert T. Burt, a respected African-American physician. More »
  • Eat Well, Play Well
    January 18, 2013 - May 5, 2013
    What is the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories? Families, children and school groups will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well. This highly interactive exhibit encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover there are many fun and interesting ways to stay active. More »
  • Captured Color: The Pastels of Mikki Dillon
    July 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
    Mikki Dillon is an award-winning artist residing in Lilburn, GA. She is a board member of the Southern Pastel Society, receiving special honors from the Knickerbocker Artists of America and the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. More »
  • Trousseau
    March 5, 2013 - May 20, 2013
    A trousseau is the collection of items that a bride brought with her when she married. This often specifically referred to clothes and household linens. Making and collecting pieces for her trousseau was a common coming-of-age ritual for young women up until the 1950s More »
  • Forest and Field: Paintings by Patty Halbeck
    January 15, 2013 - February 28, 2013
    Patty Halbeck came to the world of art in the middle of a career in music and education, teaching at Austin Peay State University. Initially, her fascination with the relationship between the two art forms, musical and visual, resulted in concerts that combined musical performance with visual art by other artists. It was not long, however, until the visual element began to take on a life of its own and Halbeck began studying art to produce her own paintings. More »
  • Reflective: The Art of Miranda Herrick
    January 9, 2013 - March 3, 2013
    From detailed hand-drawn patterns to recycled works made with aluminum and nails, you'll be amazed by the skill involved in Miranda Herrick's art. More »
  • Women Painting Women
    March 6, 2013 - May 12, 2013

    It is difficult to access a real history of female artists because much of their work was either not recorded or was credited to their male instructors. We do know that one of the first artists to do self portraits was a woman named Sofonisba Anguissola who worked during the Renaissance. By the 19th century, women artists were starting to get recognition for their talents form society but were not really accepted in the art world. More »

  • Visions & Feelings: Work by Linda Kerlin
    July 2, 2012 - August 31, 2012
    Linda Kerlin creates both vibrant paintings and three dimensional works from found treasures. Recent works express a spirituality based on her surroundings. They are inspired by her environment, her love of antiques, decorating, and landscaping. More »
  • Mary Addison Hackett
    May 1, 2012 - July 1, 2012
    Mary Addison Hackett uses her skills to create an alluring world for viewers to explore. Her combination of contemporary collage work mixed with eclectic subject matter produces something truly unique.
  • 2012 National Juried Exhibition
    May 11, 2012 - August 5, 2012
    This year's juried exhibition includes a collection of work in a variety of mediums, styles, and subject matter from across the country. More »
  • Outdoors In: Paintings by Lori Putnam
    May 23, 2012 - July 17, 2012
    A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lori Putnam travels all over the world, painting small to medium-sized plein air sketches and finished works. She also creates large-scale paintings in her studio located in nearby Franklin, Tennessee. More »
  • Celebrating 1898: Artifacts & History
    April 27, 2012 - August 15, 2012
    The original Customs House Building was opened just before the turn of a new century. These artifacts, all dating to 1898, reflect the social, cultural, and technological landscape of the time.
  • Main Street: A Vintage Holiday
    October 30, 2012 - January 14, 2013
    This exhibit includes a variety of items, from the Museum's collection, displayed as a series of store fronts. It's a quaint little walk down Main Street for both children and adults to enjoy.
  • Civil Conundrum: The Photography of Robert McCurley
    November 2, 2012 - January 27, 2013
    The year 2011 marked the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Over 30,000 acres of land was purchased in an effort to preserve historic battlefield sites. Thousands of people dressed in period uniforms to reenact specific battles and events. More »
  • Beyond The Abyss: Phil Crouch & The Bathysphere Adventure
    November 15, 2012 - February 17, 2013
    Philbrick Crouch was nineteen when he became a member of the 1930 Oceanographic research team with well-known explorer Dr. William Beebe for the New York Zoological Society to Bermuda. The Customs House Museum will be revisiting his experience with the exhibit Beyond the Abyss: Phil Crouch & the Bathysphere Adventure on November 15th. More »
  • Denton Ridge: Mountains to Coasts
    November 2, 2012 - January 6, 2013
    "Mountains to Coast represents a collection of my favorite subjects to paint. I have found the mountains of Tennessee, the coastal areas of Maine and the Carolinas and American historical sites inspirational. My work reflects the cultural, spiritual and natural environments of these areas. These paintings span more than ten years of reflecting on what I have seen and want to communicate to the viewer, More »
  • The Passion of Kitty Harvill
    November 1, 2012 - January 14, 2013
    Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Kitty Harvill received her FA cum laude in painting from SMU, Dallas, Texas, including a semester of study in Paris. She recieved an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an AA in illustration from Ray College, Chicago. More »
  • Quantum Confusion: An Installation by Denise Stewart Sanabria
    March 15, 2012 - May 20, 2012
    “There have been many theories given to the existence of many, or parallel worlds, both in the disciplines of Quantum Physics and Metaphysics. They range from solid research that can deliver actual theory-proving data, to the more esoteric work of Lewis and Kripke, More »
  • 100 Years of Girl Scouts
    February 7, 2012 - March 25, 2012
    This February through March, you can view a historical collection of Girl Scout memorabilia that is currently on display in the Museum’s Lobby. This exhibit celebrates the Girl Scouts U.S.A. 100th Anniversary.
  • Dollhouses
    December 14, 2011 - January 29, 2012
    You can see dollhouses from the Museum’s collection on display in the Museum’s Lobby. This exhibit features a very special dollhouse on loan from Ursula Holcomb.
  • A-B-C: Items from the Collection
    January 25, 2012 - April 7, 2012
    From an Airplane model to a Zenith television, this exhibit features twenty-six unique or memorable items from the Museum’s collection, selected by museum members and members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Bold Expressions: Paintings by Larry Martin
    January 4, 2012 - February 29, 2012
    This exhibit features boldly colored, landscape, oil paintings by Nashville artist Larry Martin. “Painting was probably not on my bucket list, but thanks to our daughter it has become an important and rewarding part of my daily life. More »
  • Painting Tennessee: The Art of Jason Saunders
    October 14, 2011 - January 8, 2012
    Jason A. Saunders is a graduate of David Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee. There he began his painting career under the tutelage of accomplished painter Dawn E. Whitelaw. During and after college, with the encouragement of Mrs. Whitelaw, Jason was fortunate to be accepted to study with world renowned painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. More »
  • The Decorative Dead
    October 2, 2012 - January 27, 2013
    There are many past trends in fashion which now appear creepy to our modern eye. Some of these are tied to the use of dead animals. Although leather, fur and other animal products are still used in fashion today, (moral arguments aside), the way these components were used over the last two centuries now conveys a somewhat macabre tone.
  • Impressions of Reality: Work by Camille Engel
    September 11, 2012 - November 4, 2012
    At the age of 23, Camille Engel opened her own graphic design firm in Tulsa. Years later, she moved to Nashville where she met her husband, Todd Engel and established a new graphic design firm, Engel Creative, specializing in logo design, advertising materials and packaging for clients such as Random House, fruit of the Loom, MCA, RCA, and Warner/Curb. In 2000, heeding advice to "Pursue the dream that burns inside you," Engel began oil painting, More »
  • Subtle Manipulations: The Vision of Greg Sand
    September 4, 2012 - October 28, 2012
    Traces is about memory, the passage of time, and the photograph's role in shaping our experience of loss. More »
  • From the Museum Collection: Richard Florsheim
    September 21, 2012 - October 28, 2012
    Richard Florsheim (1916 - 1979) was a self-educated graphic artist who became a dedicated educator committed to improving conditions under which artists work. His art received worldwide recognition and can be found in many important museums and private collections. More »
  • Inspirations & Origins: The Work of the Cumberland Furniture Guild
    August 10, 2012 - October 28, 2012
    The Cumberland Furniture Guild was started in September 2000, when seven Middle Tennessee fine furniture makers brought together by a common interest in studio furniture, joined forces to create an organization that would foster creative craft, artistic integrity and expanded opportunities for the fine furniture community in the middle Tennessee region. More »
  • The Art of Annamaria Gundlach
    March 1, 2012 - April 28, 2012
    Annamaria Gundlach is a professional clay artist who loves clay and believes its plasticity makes it a wonderful medium to find ones creativity. Beyond creating her three dimensional pieces, Annamaria also teaches children and adults as an outreach artist More »
  • The Wooden Plane: The Collection of Terry
    January 17, 2012 - February 29, 2012
    This exhibit includes wood carving tools dating back to the late 1700's from the collection of Terry Strange.
  • Assemblages: The Art of Sandra Paynter Washburn
    January 11, 2012 - March 11, 2012
    Sandra received a BFA in Art Education at UNC-Greensboro, with studio concentrations in painting and fibers. Primarily working with acrylic paint using mixed media techniques, Washburn’s compositions contain elements of collage More »
  • Richard LeFevre: The Civil War Series
    December 1, 2011 - April 1, 2012
    Richard J. Lefevre's Civil War Series presents the history of The War Between the States1861-65, through 32 of its most significant battles. More »
  • The Work of Peg Harvil
    November 3, 2011 - January 8, 2012
    Enjoy the Museum's collection of works of art by Peg Harvill, including some of her most well-known prints and watercolors.
  • View from Space
    October 1, 2011 - January 8, 2012
    Since the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, satellites have dramatically changed the way we study our planet. A View from Space, a new, bilingual (Spanish and English), highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, will allow visitors to see the world from a satellite’s perspective. More »
  • From the Earth: Paintings by Mitchell Chamberlain
    September 6, 2011 - October 30, 2011
    Mitchell Chamberlain has been working for more than a decade to make art an integral part of his life. More »
  • The Amazing Maze
    July 29, 2011 - September 25, 2011
    The Amazing Maze is back with a brand new layout! More »
  • Call of the Wild
    July 15, 2011 - October 8, 2011
    This brand new exhibit explores the world of hunting like never before. Here you can learn about guns, duck calls, and decoys; not to mention see plenty of preserved animals up close and personal!
  • Gwen Rodriquez
    July 6, 2011 - August 31, 2011
    Gwen Rodriquez attended the Columbus College of Art & Design and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, at Austin Peay State University. She worked as an art teacher until 2009, when she decided to focus on her own art. More »
  • Sacred Access
    October 4, 2011 - January 10, 2012
    The Orgain Gallery will house the photography of Anthony Scarlati starting October 4th. Scarlati’s photographs in Sacred Access are at once intimate and larger-than-life. More »
  • History in the Dirt
    June 11, 2011 - September 25, 2011
    The ground beneath our feet can tell us a lot about our past, our present, and even our future. Learn about Geology, Fossils, and Archaeology and see what can be found below the surface in Tennessee. Touch examples of different kinds of rocks and fossils, and play the role of an archaeologist.
  • Figuratively Speaking: The Works of Buddy Jackson
    July 27, 2011 - October 2, 2011
    A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Buddy Jackson was educated at the University of Tennessee where he studied Oil Painting. He was first exposed to sculpture as a part of the Fine Arts curriculum. More »
  • Art of Ev
    May 3, 2011 - June 30, 2011
    Ev Niewochner holds history degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. He also studied art at several universities. After teaching at the high school level for four years, he owned and operated an art gallery in Los Angeles. More »
  • Green Day Clarksville: Recycled Art
    May 7, 2011 - July 26, 2011
    The Green Day Clarksville Children's Exhibit features sculptures created by students from Clarksville's various elementary schools. More »
  • Familiar Floral Surroundings
    March 1, 2011 - April 16, 2011
    Familiar Floral Surroundings is a new painting exhibit by Sandra Vanderpool. This gallery features beautifully detailed compositions that showcase the magnificence of flowers.
  • Taking Position: A Civil War Retrospective
    February 26, 2011 - November 30, 2011
    Taking Position: A Civil War Retrospective is a year long exhibit in honor of Clarksville's historic connection to the Civil War. Throughout the year this exhibit will be changing to feature the many different aspects of life during the Civil War. More »
  • Stitched
    February 8, 2011 - March 20, 2011
    This exhibit includes wonderful handmade wall tapestries by Clarksville artist Ludie Amos More »
  • Winslow Homer’s Harpers Weekly
    May 2, 2011 - July 24, 2011
    Harper's Weekly was the most popular illustrated newspaper of the 1800's. Prior to Harper's publication, newspapers were primarily text. During the late 1850's, Harper's Weekly pioneered an exciting new process that enabled them to include illustrations with the text. More »
  • Ladies First: Womens’ Clothing & Art Exhibit
    March 3, 2011 - May 1, 2011
    In celebration of Women's History Month, the Museum will be presenting Ladies First. This fine art exhibit will feature female artist from across the state of Tennessee. More »
  • Caught in Time: Watercolors by Mary Spelling
    April 5, 2011 - July 3, 2011
    Mary Spellings received her BA in art from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Since college, she has studied with many notables, like Tony Couch, E. John Robinson, Franklin Jones, and Albert Handell. More »
  • Birds & Blossoms: A Legacy of Beauty
    February 2, 2011 - April 3, 2011
    A new exhibit of the Lucy E. Dunwody Boehm Porcelain Collection in the Crouch Gallery entitled Birds and blossoms: A Legacy of Beauty unveils the final additions to the Museum's collection. More »
  • Malcolm Glass & Mitzi Cross
    January 11, 2011 - February 16, 2011

    Photographers Malcolm Glass and Mitzi Cross, currently of their co-exhibit on display at the Customs House Museum. Their photography exhibit showcases the beauty of perspective and light. More »

  • In & of the Landscape: The Art of Fran & Barry Werner
    November 2, 2010 - November 27, 2010
    Husband and wife team Barry and Fran Werner have been creating beautiful works of art together for years. Fran's impasto oil paintings bring lush landscapes to life. While Barry's skillful carving allows him to create unique and eye-catching wooden vessels.
  • Illumination: Aladdin Lamps
    November 3, 2010 - January 23, 2011
    The Aladdin Company has been making quality products for decades. From their uniquely designed signature glass lamps, to their memorable and collectible tin lunch box school kits, the Aladdin exhibit has something for everyone to enjoy!
  • Tom Moore
    September 5, 2010 - October 31, 2010
    Canadian Tom Moore never imagined he would one day have his own art gallery in Tennessee. More »
  • The River Inside
    August 19, 2010 - November 14, 2010
    John Guider was a professional commercial photographer in Nashville, TN for many years. He then made the decision to cut his ties to the corporate world and pursue his own dreams and passion for photography. The River Inside follows Guider's journey as he travels along the Cumberland River and through the mighty Mississippi River, all the way down to New Orleans. More »
  • An American Tradition
    November 16, 2010 - February 27, 2011
    An American Tradition is a documentary by photographer David Robert Farmerie about the life of the Head family during the tobacco growing season. More »
  • Cover Up: Quilts from the Collection
    November 19, 2010 - January 30, 2011
    Cover Up contains over a dozen quilts from the museum's personal collection. These quilts date as far back as the 1830'sand include a wide range of various patterns and techniques. More »
  • German Carte Vistes
    September 14, 2010 - October 31, 2010

    T. Max Hochstetler, Photography Collection

    Carte de visite and cabinet card portraits of German royals, actors, singers, composers, musicians, and directors. More »

  • Peculiarities & Curiousities
    September 30, 2010 - January 16, 2011
    Over the years the Museum has acquired quite an interesting collection of items from past generations. And now we have pulled some of our most peculiar and intriguing treasures for you to see! More »
  • Wendy’s Zoo
    July 9, 2010 - September 26, 2010
    Wendy Latimer is a Nashville painter who has captured the images of our furry and feathery friends from the Nashville zoo in watercolor.You can come and view her adorable and fun paintings of these animal kingdom inhabits in our Kimbrough Gallery. More »
  • Tennessee Watercolor Society: The Award Winners
    July 1, 2010 - August 27, 2010
    The TWS, or Tennessee Watercolor Society, Award Winners exhibition's first stop on its tour is right here at the Customs House Museum. This exhibit features amazing watercolor paintings by artists from across Tennessee. Witness the diversity of the medium as you view these delightful and creative compositions for yourself.
  • In Plein Sight: Art of the Chestnut Group
    July 1, 2010 - August 8, 2010
    The Chesnut Group is a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists and friends dedicated to the conservation of wild and open spaces in Middle Tennessee. Funds earned from the sale of artwork inspired by our region's scenic richness are donated to organizations that help protect local environments and historic properties. More »
  • Call to Arms
    May 7, 2010 - August 27, 2010
    Call to Arms celebrates the service and dedication of this country's veterans. More »
  • Our Waters, Our Life
    April 6, 2010 - June 29, 2010
    In collaboration with our Gone Fishing exhibit, the Customs House Museum is proud to present Our Water, Our Life. This collection of photos by Jim Hancock captures the beauty of regional waterways. More »
  • Collected Sketches: Drawings of F. Luis Mora
    March 1, 2010 - April 11, 2010
    F. Luis Mora (1874 - 1940) was a Hispanic American figure painter, working in watercolor, oil, and tempera. He also produced drawings done in pen & ink and graphite. He is most known for his depictions of american life in the early 1900's. More »
  • Gone Fishing
    April 23, 2010 - August 11, 2010
    Gone Fishing tells the story of the Cumberland River, and the history of regional fishing through artifacts, images, and text. More »
  • Bagels & Barbeque: The Jewish Experience in Tennessee
    April 14, 2010 - June 27, 2010
    Chronicling the life of Jewish families during the Civil War and Reconstruction, Bagels & Barbeque focuses on their historic contributions during this period. More »
  • Modern Girls
    March 2, 2010 - April 18, 2010
    Modern Girls is an exhibit I created in honor of Women's History Month. I wanted to recognize the talented contemporary women of Tennessee that are successful in the national, and for some worldwide, field of visual art. More »
  • Black Reginments War
    February 2, 2010 - May 2, 2010
    An action figure exhibit showcasing African American Soldiers outfitted with gear from wars throughout the history of the United States.
  • Celebrating Dr. Burt
    February 2, 2010 - February 28, 2010
    Dr. Robert Tecumseh Burt M.D. was responsible for opening the first hospital in Clarksville, Tennessee. He was a skilled, cutting edge surgeon who accepted patients of any race. Celebrating Dr. Burt teaches about his accomplishments, and his contributions to the city and people of Clarksville.
  • Ludie Amos Dolls
    January 20, 2010 - April 27, 2010
    From quilters to potters, these handmade dolls cover all walks of life. Crafted with care, each of these detailed dolls have a spirit all their own. More »
  • Paintings by Ross Jordan
    January 20, 2010 - February 28, 2010
    Ross Jordan is a master oil painter from Nashville, Tennessee. Born in 1950, Ross has always had a passion for art. Throughout his childhood, he attended the Scarritt Art College and the Children's Art Museum. It wasn't until after he had joined the army, married, and raised a family that he picked up the paintbrush as a serious artist. His expressive oil paintings are often based on the world around him. Ross's work can be found in both public and private collections.
  • The 3rd Biennial Arts & Craft Juried Exhibition
    January 12, 2010 - April 3, 2010
    This exhibit is the third biennial, juried arts and crafts show hosted by the Customs House Museum. It is a regional competition that features artists of various styles and mediums.
  • Home & Abroad: The Paintings of Matthew Deric Gore
    January 12, 2010 - February 28, 2010
    Home and Abroad: The Paintings of Matthew Deric Gore features 25 "canvased memories" of the artist's travels around the world and the possessions of his everyday life. More »
  • Yousuf Karsh: Master of the Photographic Portrait
    November 3, 2009 - January 17, 2010
    For the first time, since being purchased at Sotheby's, a private collection of portraits by Yousuf Karsh will be exhibited. The Customs House Museum will showcase the fifteen photographs in the Orgain Gallery. Included in the exhibit are portraits of Picasso, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, as well as, the famed Winston Churchill image. More »

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