OCTOBER 17th - 21st, 2018




The latest annual destination for the international art world: Nashville, Tennessee.

Art Nashville 2018 will be the city’s first annual international art fair, drawing art lovers and buyers from around the globe, expanding Nashville from Music City to an Art City.

Art Nashville 2018 will showcase both Nashville the city and Nashville the creative center and highlight its ascension as a blossoming center of the arts and culture.  

And, by being precisely scheduled between Expo Chicago (Sept. 13-17), Frieze London (October 5-8), and Art Basel Miami (Dec. 7-10), Art Nashville 2018 is perfectly positioned to take its place as the latest destination on the international art circuit.

Music City is becoming globally recognized as a hub for the Arts.  From Nashville’s long history as Music City to its rich culinary scene.  From the Nashville Symphony to the new Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville is Art.

As downtown Nashville keeps blooming, collectives and artist projects are popping up in surrounding areas like East Nashville and Wedgewood/Houston.  The handful of galleries on 5th Avenue showcase international renowned artists as well as emerging local talent.   

Cultural programming will consist of panel talks, book signings, music performers, community business partners and other activities. The Art Nashville team will develop a board of high-level local and international curators to ensure the high quality of galleries participating and the level of work stays consistent.



Based on 2016 Chamber of Commerce Report (HERE)

Nashville is booming.  It has seen job growth outpace population growth, enjoys a real estate market second to none, with luxury housing at a fraction of the price of other markets, thereby affording high income earners a larger proportion of disposable income.  Nashville has done quite well by the leadership of city and civic leaders, as it continues to grow in its major business sectors of health care, professional sports, music, finance and tech.

•63 percent of Downtown Residents make $100,000 - Up 16% from 2014. (SOURCE)

•47.1% of the Nashville Population is between the ages 30 and 64 – an ideal cohort for the average art collector.

•Real estate data for Nashville trends indicate an increase of $12,400 (5%) in median home sales of the past year.

•Average price per square foot rose from $160 to $177 in the past year.


Saying nothing else of Nashville’s many charms, early autumn draws thousands to Nashville and its environs to enjoy perfect weather and dramatic fall foliage.  In choosing October 17-21, 2018 we see an excellent opportunity in the art fair calendar and will attract regulars in the art fair circuit.  Art Nashville will be precisely situated between Expo Chicago, Frieze London and Texas Contemporary.


Major industries in Nashville include: Health Care Management, Automobile Production, Finance, Higher Education, Insurance, Music Production, Printing & Publishing, Technology Manufacturing, and Tourism. 

Industry breakdown:

Education & Health Services = 23.3%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities = 19.6%

Professional & Business Services = 11.1%

Leisure & Hospitality = 10.7%

Government = 10.0%

Manufacturing = 8.1%

Financial Activities 7.2%

Construction 6.4%

Information 3.6%


The Nashville International Airport serves all major airlines.  Nashville also has an executive airport. Nashville International Airport (BNA): 10 airlines and offers 440 daily arriving and departing flights, including nonstop air service to more than 50 destinations. The following is a list of the airlines with gates at the Nashville Airport: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Boutique Air, Contour Airlines, WestJet, JetBlue, and Vacation Express.

Founder Matthew Eck. Photo by Mambu Bayoh

Founder Matthew Eck. Photo by Mambu Bayoh


After co-founding the X Contemporary fair in Miami and SELECT in New York, entrepreneur Matthew Eck is tackling fresh territory with the debut of Art Nashville next fall, the first-ever annual international art fair for the country music capital of the world.

“Nashville is totally a collaborative city and I’m looking forward to forging new relationships with local galleries, local officials, art enthusiasts, and local businesses,” Eck told artnet News.

He is aiming to include just over 60 exhibitors and says it will be a 50/50 mix of US and international galleries, “but definitely a flavor of regional galleries” as well. Much as he did with X Contemporary in 2015, the new fair will appear in a bespoke tent on a roughly 40,000-square-foot pavilion, situated downtown near Broadway, Avenue of the Arts, and Music Row.

Exact dates are still being finalized but Eck is aiming for mid-October 2018, and the application process for galleries will open in February.

Eck has recently developed an affinity for Nashville and its surrounding areas, including East Nashville and Wedgewood/Houston, which have become hubs of artistic activity. “Music and art are universal languages and I’m looking forward to creating a unique exhibition with flavors of music, as well as musicians who are also fine artists.”

In the end he hopes that Art Nashville will showcase both Nashville the city and Nashville the creative center, and to “highlight its ascension as a blossoming center of arts and culture.”

Eck is currently working with Karyn Mannix, owner of The Mannix Studio of Art in East Hampton, who serves as exhibitor sales manager, and with Pierre Lamoureux and Fogo Labs, to oversee the music, entertainment, and production at the fair. Nancy Bowman, a business development and communications expert is handling sponsorship and business engagement.

Eck says he’s looking forward to forging a new art week and says there is great demand for a fine art event such as this. “Nashville is a driving city and a major cultural resource for visitors from all over.” Plus, he added “Nashville’s famous hot chicken actually is really hot.” -- Artnet

"I belive in Nashville" -- DCXV Designs

"I belive in Nashville" -- DCXV Designs

Is it just us, or is everyone’s Instagram ripe with pictures of Nashville lately? Music City has long been popular with country music fans — it’s home to iconic sites like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. But, Tennessee’s capital is making a name for itself with its thriving art and food scenes as well. Nashville is home to a variety of contemporary art galleries and is known for its beautiful street art, including the famous “I Believe in Nashville” mural in the 12 South neighborhood, and artist Kelsey Montague’s “WhatLiftsYou” wings in the Gulch. In October 2018, Nashville will further solidify its presence in the art world by hosting Art Nashville, an international art fair a la Art Basel Miami and Expo Chicago.

Art and music aside, Nashville’s emerging food scene is reason enough to visit in 2018. The city’s most iconic dish, hot chicken, is becoming so popular, imitations are popping up on restaurant menus across the country. The fiery, deep fried, cayenne-smothered goodness is best served at two area institutions: Prince’s and Hattie B’s — the former a no-fuss strip mall joint with little elbow room, the latter a modern fast-casual chain with three locations across the city. But Nashville isn’t all about hot chicken and southern staples. Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan’s namesake restaurant Chauhan Ale & Masala House serves Indian fare and local craft beer. The “Chopped” judge is also the founder of Tansuo, a Cantonese restaurant inspired by Chinese night markets, and The Mockingbird, a global take on diner fare. -- The Bulletin


Applications are due by june 1, 2018


The undersigned Gallery / Business Entity submits this application for consideration by Art Nashville (“Art Nashville”) to participate in Art Nashville 2018, a contemporary art fair held in October 2018. If accepted, the Gallery will be bound to the terms of this agreement set forth herein (“Agreement”). Please fill out the following information, read the terms and conditions and upload all supplemental documents to be considered.  A $3,000 Deposit is due after written acceptance of this application from the Art Nashville curatorial committee.

Exhibitor (Applicant) agrees to be bound unconditionally to Art Nashville (“organizer”) rules, regulations, guidelines, and exhibition protocol. The terms of this agreement shall cover any and all additional days required for exhibitor to move-in and move-out of their booth space (if accepted).

Representative *
Phone *
Gallery Program *
Stand Sizes (For Galleries) :
3 Lights / 100 sq/ft Inclusion in Art Fair Guide Other amenities are listed in Gallery Prospectus
Conditions will only be approved in written e-mail by Art Nashville Staff / Acceptance Committee
Sculpture Garden Stand Sizes : Pricing on Requst
Located in Pre-Function Space, Surrounding Ballrooms
Would You Be Interested in Advertising Information
We will send you a package containing different options.
Payment Information: application fee $200.00 USD
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MAtthew Eck


Art Nashville Director




Karyn Mannix

Exhibitor Sales Manager



Karyn Mannix is the owner and proprietor of both karyn mannix contemporary and The Mannix Studio of Art.

karyn mannix contemporary’s vision focuses on a multitude of levels, from finding and representing emergingand mid-career artists,  to contemporaries that are in major museum permanent collections.  kmc specializes in cutting edge minimalism to color-field and pop art, with a recent focus on urban street art .

The Mannix Studio of Art is a cultivation center for learning the arts for all ages.  Karyn Mannix was born in New York and resides as a year round resident of East Hampton, Long Island.


Nancy bowman

Sponsorship / Business Engagement



Nancy Bowman is a business development and communications executive with 15+ years of global experience across traditional and emerging media. She specializes in brand partnerships, influencer marketing, social, content, sponsorships, and entertainment.

Originally from Toronto, Nancy started her career in the U.S. as the Eastern Advertising Manager/Music at Billboard Magazine, working with major record labels, managers, and artists. She ran an indie label and publishing company and managed an international touring band.

As U.S. Advertising & Marketing Director, TC Media (Canada's largest publisher), she launched and led their first U.S. office in NYC representing the company, 20 magazines and 200 websites to the U.S. market

Immersed in emerging media and technology for the past 7 years, she has partnered with a number of Fortune 500 clients and agencies, including P&G, Unilever, Anheuser-Busch, Verizon, Orbitz, IBM, GM and others on UGC, social, digital and influencer marketing campaigns while VP BlogHer and Vibrant Nation and as Creative Brand Strategist at Zooppa.

She is a writer and blogger and joined the advisory board of AI-Prime (artificial-intelligence-driven performance advertising) in October.


Music / Entertainment / Production



Fogo brings together the talents of two award-winning filmmakers and music producers. Directors/Producers Pierre and François Lamoureux excel in assembling the right creative and technical teams to ensure that your art survives technology. It’s not just about 4K, 3D, HD, theatrical screenings, streaming, broadcast, downloads or BluRay and DVDs. It’s about ensuring that your performance and your story is captured in an optimal way so that it translates to all broadcast and distribution media. We call it future proofing. It’s about understanding your art, what makes you unique and making sure it sounds and looks great, on whatever size screen or speaker configuration for generations to come. It’s your legacy.

Excellence attracts excellence. Excellence inspires and fosters excellence. That’s what Fogo does. That’s how Pierre & François work. Fogo is Where Art Survives Technology®.


Special Programming + Private Sales



Pamela Willoughby has consummate experience in private art sales, advising a number of esteemed contemporary collections and is a former gallery director at Mark Borghi Fine Art/Bridgehampton NY. Pamela specializes in postmodern, contemporary and emerging art and  has sold a large volume of work by Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Jullian Schnabel & Jean-Michel Basquiat, her peers of the '80s.

As the co-founder of The City Firm's private showroom in Chelsea Pamela managed client relations, art advisement and exhibition production. Pamela now works from East Hampton and New York City as an art advisor for her many private collectors, advising in top contemporary and emerging artists.