Memphis Art Scene Now

Whether you’re looking for unique date night ideas, a night out with the family or just a much-needed dose of inspiration, Memphis’ arts and culture scene has just the thing you’re seeking. Mark your calendar with these exciting upcoming shows and exhibits.

Visual Art 

Memphis zoo 

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
March 3 - July 9, 2017
Kids and adults will love the giant LEGO exhibit at the Memphis Zoo. The 15 giant brick sculptures that connects art with nature took 460,000 pieces and over 4,000 man-hours built by hand! Find the exhibit on the West side of the zoo, free with general admission. 

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now 
January 29 – March 26, 2017
When you travel more than 100,000 miles throughout the United States and visit nearly 1,000 artists, what will you find? The answer is at State of the Art: Discovering American Art Nowshowcasing a broad range of voices, perspectives, mediums and design aesthetics. 


Art by Design: A Unique Designer Showcase
April 27-29, 2017
If your Pinterest board is full of dream home ideas, you’ll love Art by Design, a special interior design showcase featuring Memphis’ most acclaimed designers who will show off their skills with custom “vignettes” in this gallery showroom.

Art Museum of the University of Memphis

34th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
January – February 2017 TBD
Discover the works of up-and-coming artists at this juried exhibition showcasing the works by students at University of Memphis.

Metal Museum

Guns, Violence & Justice
January 15 – April 30, 2017
Get a glimpse into the impact of guns and gun violence in this group exhibit displaying sculptural works by five artists, who explore concepts such as protection, aggression, recreation and justice.
Tributaries: Caitie Sellers
January 29 – April 16, 2017
Also at the Metal Museum, marvel at Caitie Seller’s intricate metal jewelry designs, which integrate elements of architecture and urban infrastructure into wearable artwork.

Memphis college of art 

Installations by Fidencio Fifield-Perez
February 13 – April 18, 2017
Fifield-Perez manipulates paper, surfaces, and maps in reference to the crafts and customs he learned as a young child Oaxaca, Mexico—usually seen during traditional Mexican festivals and used in ceremonies mourning the dead.
Best in Class 2016/2017
May 23 – July 14, 2017
The works in this exhibition are juried by the faculty and considered the best work by Memphis College of Art students from the academic year.


Performing Arts

The Orpheum

Housed in a gilded movie palace that opened in 1928, this magnificent theater is the home of Broadway productions in Memphis, as well as ballet, drama, big-name bands and much more. Watch everything from The Bodyguard: The Musical (January 24-29) to The Illusionists – Live From Broadway (February 10-12). See the full events calendar for more show information.

Opera Memphis

Celebrating its 60th anniversary season, Opera Memphis has an impressive lineup of dramatic productions coming up: The Pirates of Penzance (February 17-19), Later the Same Evening (March 31, April 8) Three Decembers (April 1 and 8) and Blue Viola (April 7-8).

Playhouse on the Square

Touting Memphis’ only theater with a resident company of professional actors, this mainstay performing arts center offers an impressive lineup of high-quality productions this season: Rock of Ages (January 20 – February 12), Lord of the Flies (March 3-26), Million Dollar Quartet (May 5-28) and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (June 16 – July 7).

The Circuit Playhouse

Provocative. Groundbreaking. Surprising. The Circuit Playhouse is known for its thought-provoking pieces and adult-themed content. See what all the talk is about when you watch one of its upcoming productions: Hand to God (January 27 – February 19), The Bridges of Madison County (March 17 – April 9), Dearly Departed (April 21 – May 14) and Ripcord (June 2-25).

Hattiloo Theatre

Celebrate black artistic expression at Hatiloo Theatre, presenting dance, theatrical productions and music with an emphasis on revealing the “inner-soul of the Black community.” Coming up: Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (January 20 – February 12), Crowns: The Gospel Musical (March 10 – April 2), Gem of the Ocean (April 28 – May 14) and Aida (June 9 – July 2).

Ballet Memphis

Get ready for a dynamic explosion of movement, color, passion and imagination, as Ballet Memphis finishes up its 2016-17 season with two more exciting performances: Places Beyond (February 19-21) at Playhouse on the Square and Wizard of Oz (April 8-9) at The Orpheum.

Be The Artist

Ready to make your own artwork? You’ve come to the right place when you visit The Art Project in Memphis’ Overton Square entertainment district, where adults can take special arts classes in the studio, and kids can enjoy both classes and art free play.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck
Memphis Ballet
Metal Flower at Metal Museum in Memphis - andrea zucker