The City of Franklin supports the visual arts by providing two public spaces in City Hall for local artists. The FireHall Art Gallery offers 77 ft. of wall space and is located on the South end of City Hall by the Police Department and Fire Administration offices. The Community Art Display is located in the main hallway by the 3rd Avenue entrance. Art shows rotate monthly and may feature one artist or a group of artists.
The City Hall Art Jury is responsible for scheduling and jurying exhibitions for City Hall. The Jury was created by Resolution of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on April 11, 2006. The Jury is scheduled to meet once a month and consists of up to five members who are appointed by the Mayor. Current members include:
- Kelly Selfe, Chairman – Kelly is an art educator and has taught pre-school through college art. She currently works at Moore Elementary teaching pre-school through 4th grades. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission.
- Gail McDaniel - Gail is an award-winning and internationally recognized artist and instructor. She shares her many years of experience in watercolor with students of all artistic skill levels and was a long time member of the faculty of Cheekwood-Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.
- Massood Taj - Massood is a multimedia Artist/ Designer, Musician and Educator. He is currently the director of Full Circle Art, an Artist Development, Representation and Promotion organization, and owner of M8Design. Massood also serves on the Board of Directors for the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission.
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Fire Hall Gallery
The Fire Hall Gallery provides wall display units and track lighting in the hallway by the Fire Administration offices. Approximately 77 ft. of horizontal wall space is available for artwork.
Artwork from the photos below are from the Five Latin American Artists Exhibit (Orlando Garcia-Camacho; Lupita Martinez; Jairo Prado; Yara Stagner; and Jorge A. Yances):
Community Art Display
The Community Art Display is located in the main hallway of City Hall and provides panels of grids by which to hang artwork. Shelving can also be added to the grids. Each panel measures approximately 2 ft. by 6 ft. Usually there are 13 panels set up providing 312 ft² of space. Additional panels can be added.
Artwork from the photos below are from an exhibit by photographer John Hampton:
The City may allow for other temporary methods of displaying artwork, such as easels or pedestals, as long as it is provided by the artist and does not interfere.