PARTHENON OPEN ON SUNDAYS:
In a move to increase its availability to visitors, the Parthenon is now open on Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.
"The art we exhibit and the history we represent, both the local recent past and the ancient Greek past that is foundational to western civilization, deserve the widest possible audience," said Museum Director Wesley Paine; "Making the museum accessible on an additional day of the week, especially one that most people have for leisure activities, is part of a museum's role as an educational institution and is good public service, so we are very pleased with this change in our hours."
The Parthenon's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM and Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 PM.
The Blue Star Museum Program
For the third year, the Parthenon will participate in the Blue Star Museum program which offers free admission to active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
View this fun video from 2012 and check back soon to start planning your Blue Star Museum summer! If you have questions or would like to become a Blue Star Museum, please email Desiree Moore.
For more information about the Blue Star Museum Program, click here.
This Season's Exhibit: Etruscan Echoes by Tanya Tewall
The Parthenon continues to explore contemporary interpretations of classical themes with an exhibition of paintings by artist, Tanya Tewell. A professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University, Tewell divides her time between Tennessee and Tuscania, Italy. While abroad, the artist has visited Etruscan tombs and ancient sites, which have become the inspiration for her new work. Tewell found herself strongly attracted to the degrading patina of the frescos that decorate the tombs at these sites, and her work evokes the tones and textures of these aged wall paintings. She had also had a long-time interest in cultural mythology and her paintings are greatly influenced by dream images and magic realism.
Through her intense and evocative paintings, Tewell presents the story of the many unnamed Etruscan characters that haunt the tombs; the sorceress, the matriarch, the wounded pilgrim, and more. Through their stories, Tewell attempts to relate humanity's endless struggle with the cycle of life, change, spirituality, magic, and death.
Now Showing at The Parthenon through June 1, 2013