Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside, recognized as one of the country's finest.
Once inside, the inspiration continues, because it's not just about the art; it's all about you, the visitor. The Hunter is for the entire family to enjoy. Together, you will see art with new eyes as a way to better understand American history and to learn more about what makes us Americans today.
The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods. A few of the artists whose work is represented in the Hunter include Thomas Cole, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Robert S. Duncanson, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Jack Beal, George Segal, Duane Hanson, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Gilliam, and Andy Warhol.
The Hunter Museum of American Art’s mission is to engage our diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning, and relevance of American Art through:
- Preservation, growth and interpretation of its exemplary collection
- Challenging, wide-ranging, and interactive exhibitions
- Compelling and innovative educational programs
- An exciting, thought provoking and enjoyable museum experience
- A commitment to inclusion, diversity, and openness
At the Hunter Museum of American Art, We believe:
- That art and creativity are forces for personal growth and positive community change.
- In the importance of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives.
- It is our responsibility to be stewards of the Museum, its collection, and its surroundings.
- In integrity, excellence, and continuous improvement.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Hunter Museum of American Art is an ArtsBuild Community Arts Partner. The Hunter is supported by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Hunter Museum is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit charitable institution.