Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Art

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Since 1994, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has sponsored exhibits of art by and about people with disabilities in order to demonstrate the diverse talents of individuals with disabilities. Each year the Center hosts four exhibits in the Kennedy Center foyer on the Vanderbilt campus. Some exhibits feature one or two artists, while other exhibits include the work of many artists. Often exhibits are organized in partnership with community organizations. We invite organizations and businesses interested in displaying all or part of an exhibit organized by the Center to contact us. We also invite suggestions for future exhibits.

In 1997, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center began a permanent collection of art by persons with disabilities, which now includes 18 works.

Art is displayed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University Campus. 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville, TN 37203, Lobby 2nd Floor Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Bldg.
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Look at online art exhibit galleries at Current and Previous Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Art Shows.

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Other Links and Resources

  • VSA Arts
    VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.
  • National Arts and Disabiltiy Center (NADC)
    Promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community.
  • Access to the Visual Arts: History and Programming for People With Disabilities
    Through participation in the visual arts, individuals with disabilities can use their talents and abilities to explore and express themselves and to connect and share. Art production can also facilitate choice-making, self-expression, and when created in an inclusive setting, can foster community involvement and social skills. This manual, developed by UCEDD trainee Crystal Finley, focuses on the importance of access to the visual arts for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Access to the Visual Arts: Appendix
    The manual’s appendix is a directory of art resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, organized by state. For each state, the state affiliate of VSA is noted. The appendix also contains a list of national organizations that serve to advocate or provide resources for individuals with disabilities in terms of participation in the visual arts.