Photo: Amanda Hill, Artwork: Maggie Russell
Memphis truly excels in artistic expression of all forms. From museums to galleries and places to create, Memphians know how to embrace art. Check out this list, support Memphis artists, and foster a spirit of creativity.
The KROC Center offers an art gallery, dance classes, and workshops to give you your art fix. Different exhibits travel through the art gallery giving you a variety of artistic work. Performing arts classes in dance, acting, and voice are available as well as camps. You can even display your performing arts talents by auditioning for upcoming productions hosted by the KROC.
Flicker Street Studio gives you the chance to explore many different arts through classes and workshops. You can learn about painting, drawing, digital photography, bookmaking, and printmaking in small class settings which give you the maximum opportunity to develop your artistic skills.
The Annesdale Park Gallery features both established and emerging regional artwork from oil paintings to abstracts, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, and more.
Eclectic Eye ensures that you can see the beauty in eyewear that’s not just functional, but also beautiful. You can buy eyewear that fits your unique personality, frames your facial features like a painting, and that transforms eyewear to your individual style.
Levy Gallery offers open exhibitions, free to the public, composed of professional and emerging artwork. Each year, five different exhibits showcase different artwork for about 4 weeks each so that you can see a diverse range of fine art.
Named after WKNO-FM’s frequency, 109.1, this gallery hosts exhibitions featuring members of local community art associations, professional artists, costumes from local dramatic productions and more. Their exhibit calendar can be found here.
Memphis Botanic Garden brings different art exhibits and art workshops to immerse you in the arts. Workshop topics include painting, jewelry-making, colored pencil drawings, and more–and all are available whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
Located in the Memphis Jewish Community Center, this gallery features Contemporary Jewish artwork, events, and workshops.
Children can make their own art at The Art Project in Overton Square. With Art Free Play, classes, and more, kids can let their imagination flow freely without worrying about getting messy.
Overton Park Gallery is located in the heart of midtown Memphis. Situated on the top floor of the renovated Stonewall Lodge, an 82 year-old Masonic Temple. The gallery provides an intimate space for showcasing local artists.
The Brooks Museum gives you a chance to see marvelous artwork with unique exhibitions, exquisite events, and other programs designed to engage students, families, and everyone with art. Free admission on Wednesdays.
The Jay Etkin Gallery brings local, regional, and international contemporary artists’ work together under one roof. A specialty of the gallery is the focus on ethnographic art to display the diverse art culture.
Me & Mrs. Jones is a DIY boutique with all the goods you need to complete your project. You can develop skills and techniques during the workshops at the studio.
The Palladio Gallery offers a wide selection of paintings, antiques, and interior decor. You can select art from categories such as folk, abstract, landscapes, and more.
After being located in Laurelwood for almost 20 years, this contemporary art gallery has relocated to an incredible new space at 97 Tillman.
Part performance space, part gallery, this intimate venue offers a diverse range of shows and installations.
Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. They provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences. The spaces and programs they manage integrate varying components of exhibition, performance, production, education, and retail. Crosstown Arts is a founding partner, co-developer, and future tenant of Crosstown Concourse, the former Sears Crosstown building.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens allows you to see marvelous artwork and enjoy a beautiful public garden. There is free admission on Saturdays from 10 am – noon.
The Art Museum of the University of Memphis presents a yearly program of changing exhibitions focusing on the art of our own time. The museum also houses permanent collections of Egyptian antiquities, tradition-based African art and works on paper. It’s always free. Bring yourself for a quiet stroll through the galleries; come with family and friends, or book a guided tour for your organization. You’ll find an ancient Egyptian gallery, African gallery, and exhibitions by visiting artists, often with U of M and community collaborators.
Memphis College of Art is dedicated to teaching the practice, history, and appreciation of visual art and design, preparing graduates to succeed in their careers and change the world through their creativity. MCA presents several programs and opportunities for the general public to either view or actively participate in the art-making process through exhibitions, free lectures, and community education (such as the youth Saturday School, Summer Art Camp and the college preparatory Summer Academy.) Adult non-credit classes are offered year-round though Continuing Education and are open to anyone age 16 and older.
The Box Gallery is a student run gallery for students in the Memphis area to exhibit their work. It’s located on the U of M campus on the first level of the Arts & Communication Building.
At Five in One Social Club you get a two-for-one store and workshop. The retail store features hand-crafted goods from regional artists and artisans. The Clubhouse hosts creative workshops twice a week for anyone 16 years of age or older.
Carpenter Art Garden provides programs for children to explore their creative side and to empower and prepare kids and adults for employment. The Purple House, The Art Garden, the Carpenter St. Workshop, and Community Gardens give a diverse range of ways to create various art forms.
You can get original wall art, glass art, ceramics, Judaica, gifts and more at T. Clifton Art. The gallery boasts contemporary local and nationally recognized artists. The gallery also specializes in custom framing of art work.
You can treat yourself to handmade jewelry, unique art, ceramics, and more at Falling Into Place. You can also learn how to make candles, art techniques, and more with workshops at this home and lifestyle boutique.
You can enjoy and purchase art and other products while sipping on a cup of coffee at City & State. You can find locally-made Paper & Clay products at City & State as well.
Bingham & Broad features local art from paintings, sculptures, and pottery to photographs and jewelry. You can also purchase furniture, outdoor art, home decor, and more.
Caritas Village uses art, music, hospitality, theatre, classes, and connections to creatively join people together in common goals from many different ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Village’s lower level is a coffee shop and restaurant that also works as a music/library/game-playing living room and den. Caritas has after-school Art Classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 3 to 4:30. These classes are free for school age students only. If you any question please contact Onie Johns at 901-327-5246.
You can see exotic art from across the globe at Art Village Gallery. The gallery boasts a diverse selection which represents countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, Columbia, Thailand, and more.
Former CEO of the Orpheum, Pat Halloran now owns an art gallery and offers space to enjoy art, antiques and collectibles.
You can explore the outskirts of the galaxy and nerd out on contemporary artwork featuring themes such as comic, sci-fi, fantasy, and more at Ions: A Geek Gallery. You can also enjoy off-beat photography at the gallery too!
LilyRoze Studio provides kids and teenagers with a studio dedicated to acting. Whether you dream of being a movie star, or you just enjoy acting, this studio gives you a renowned acting program.
Rainbow Stained Glass offers customers artwork for residential, commercial, religious, and other purposes. Stained glass including painted and fired glass, beveled glass, etched glass, fused glass, and more are all available at Rainbow.
Tops Gallery gives you a contemporary art gallery with seasonal exhibitions and special events.
The Metal Museum is the only institution in the US devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship opportunities, artist residencies and apprenticeships, research, and onsite fabrication of artwork and architectural elements.
The collection of Asian art at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic art is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Chinese art in the southern region of the United States. China is represented by outstanding works of art, many of which were created during China’s Qing dynasty, and are characteristic of an ancient culture with rich artistic traditions.
Marshall Arts houses fifteen studios of various sizes, 2000 square feet of gallery space, and has been the production base for over 1500 painters, photographers, musicians, woodworkers, and dancers.
HART Gallery is a nonprofit organization that offers homeless and other non-traditional artists an opportunity to create and sell their artwork. Visit the gallery on Marshall Avenue.
The Jack Robinson Gallery is located in the South Main arts district in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The gallery is devoted to promoting the legacy and work of Jack Robinson, as well as providing a venue for other local artists to showcase their work. The gallery consists of 5 separate showrooms, occupying 2 floors and over 8,000 square feet. The permanent collection of the work of Jack Robinson is continuously rotated to give visitors a varied experience upon return visits. The gallery is available for bus tours or visits by large groups upon request. The Robinson Gallery has also become a popular venue for weddings, receptions, business luncheons, and parties of all kinds.
Ernest Withers was a native Memphian and renowned photographer who had a lifelong love affair with the city of Memphis. The Ernest Withers Museum celebrates his priceless collection of photography. Mr. Withers’ cultural and educational archive provides an accurate pictorial view of this country’s African-American history throughout the 20th century. The Collection, covering more than 60 years of 20th century history, is a learning tool and a teaching tool for students for educators.
Located in the Lamar Airways shopping strip, OMG, is a liquor store transformed into a gallery, flex arts space & community gathering spot in Orange Mound. Learn more about it here.