The Vol State Art Gallery features the works of visiting artists from across the country, as well as Tennessee artists, our students and faculty. All gallery events are free and open to the public. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike.

During the semesters, when classes are being held, Gallery hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Gallery will be closed for holidays and at other times when the campus is closed. Hours in between semesters may be more limited. For more information call (615) 230-3202.


Past Shows

Ted Jones works in a wide range of media including copper relief repousse, painting, wood sculpture, and relief prints. Born in New Orleans, Jones earned a BFA from Xavier University. His graduate degrees are from Michigan State University and the University of Montana. He is a retired professor at Tennessee State and also taught at Fisk University.

Jones states, “Art is the correlation of my total experience, of which my art is the creative record. The studio is my chapel. The art form is my offering and prayer.

Exhibition of the finely crafted works by artists working in Fiber, Metal, Wood or Clay.

Tennessee and surrounding region have a wealth of craft artists. Their works are often utilitarian as well as aesthetic, sometimes they are pure expression or fantasy. All show technical prowess and expressive content.

Originally from Oklahoma, Marilyn Murphy is an Emerita Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University. Her work has been shown in over 390 exhibitions nationally and abroad. She has had a mid-career survey at the Frist Museum and a two-person exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Marilyn’s work is in many public and private collections including Huntsville Museum of Art, the Boston Museum School, the Prudential and Bridgestone Collections. Her work is represented by several galleries across the nation, including Carl Hammer in Chicago, Tinney Contemporary in Nashville.

“My drawings typically include one or two figures involved in an improbable action or working at some curious task. Film Noir and magazines from the 1940’s and 1950’s often inspire my work. Growing up on the Great Plains, I often include the action of the wind in my work. Often the objects are beyond reach or curiously out of human scale to create a dreamlike atmosphere Subtle humor is often an important element in my work as well.”

Selected Drawings by Marilyn Murphy