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Participants of the Art Writing Symposium can request a certificate showing participation for professional development hours that they complete (up to 6 hours) in the FEEDBACK form. 


Designed with Art Educators in mind; sessions will cover a range of topics. 


This certificate will be issued by Tennessee State University, Number Inc. and the Educators' Cooperative.

Please submit FEEDBACK here about the Symposium for a chance to win one of these five books from Vanderbilt Press. 

A SHOT IN THE DARK, Making Records in Nashville, 1945-1955

Before Elvis hit town, back before country music was synonymous with Nashville, a small group of intrepid entrepreneurs--local businessmen looking to make a buck and have some fun--were recording and selling all the local music they could find. From dance bands to gospel, from rhythm & blues to, yes, country music, these men inadvertently documented a wealth of local music as they struggled to run successful recording studios.



The Frist Art Museum and Vanderbilt University Press have partnered to copublish Murals of North Nashville Now. The publication includes plates of the eight murals in the exhibition of the same name, along with images of public mural installations in North Nashville. The book features an essay on North Nashville and its history by Dr. Learotha Williams Jr., associate professor of African American and public history at Tennessee State University. Williams also runs the North Nashville Heritage Project. Kathryn E. Delmez, curator of the accompanying exhibition, edited the volume, considering the murals from both art-historical and community- engagement-driven perspectives. Susan H. Edwards, executive director and CEO of the Frist Art Museum, wrote the foreword and acknowledgments.


BREACH OF PEACE by Eric Etheridge

Now for the first time in paperback and with sixteen additional portraits and profiles of Freedom Riders, this classic photo-history offers readers a rare opportunity to engage with unsung individuals of the civil rights movement through mug shots, portraits, and interviews


PEOPLE ONLY DIE OF LOVE IN MOVIES is a collection of Scene Editor, Jim Ridley’s film writing.

A collection of wide-ranging film reviews and journalism from a beloved Nashville writer


THE RESTLESS DEAD by Cristina Rivera Garza, who just won a MacArthur genius grant. It’s all about writers writing in relationship to other writers and other artists. Writing is not a solitary feat—if we write, we write with others

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