Better known for music and food, Memphis is also home to a thriving and vibrant art community. This may help to explain the numerous galleries and art museums scattered across Memphis, from downtown to Germantown, but it doesn’t help you choose one to visit. If you must choose, here is your guide to Memphis’ four, must-see galleries.
Brooks Museum of Art
The Brooks Museum of Art isn’t a place you plan to visit. It’s a place you plan a vacation around. It has 29 galleries, classrooms, and thousands of pieces in its permanent collection. It features paintings from the Baroque, Renaissance, and Impressionist movements, photography, and sculptures, as well as decorative art pieces ranging from metalwork to furniture.
The Brooks Museum of Art is located at 1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 in Overton Park. Its hours are 10 am – 4 pm, Wednesday and Friday; 10 am – 8 pm on Thursday; 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday; and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The gallery offers a parking lot for visitors and street parking is also permitted in the park.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens offers an experience that engages the mind and the senses. Known for its impressionist paintings, the gallery’s collection extends to sculptures, works on paper, and an extensive collection of German and English porcelain. The gallery gardens feature an expansive range of flowers, from tropical Water Lilies and Euphorbia to Azaleas and Star Magnolias.
Dixon Gallery is located at 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117. It is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. The gallery maintains a parking lot for visitors.
Clifton Art Gallery
Where the Brooks and Dixon spend considerable time and effort on historically important work, the Clifton Gallery is firmly focused on the now. The gallery displays contemporary artists with works ranging from oil and acrylic paintings, mezzo-frescos, and mixed media to glasswork, sculpture, and jewelry.
Clifton Art Gallery is located at 2571 Broad Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112. The gallery is open from 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Street parking is available, but there is no designated parking lot.
D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures
D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures is best described by the word whimsy. The gallery is an explosion of bright colors and packed with paintings, sculptures, and even mosaic on found objects. The gallery is one of the stops on the Trolley Night Tour that explores the South Main Historic District.
D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures is located at 550 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103. The gallery is open Friday – Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. Street parking is available, but there is no designated parking lot.
Memphis is a treasure trove of art galleries waiting to be discovered by the art enthusiast. The gallery guide above lists the ones you cannot afford to miss. There are, however, a number of other fine galleries you should visit if you get the chance, including the David Lusk Gallery, the Art Village Gallery and the L. Ross Gallery.