Marty Stuart Photography Collection Featured In Nashville Museum

This appeared on - June 2, 2014

 Marty Stuart, a Grand Ole Opry member and host of The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV, now has an exhibit at one of the premiere art museums in the country.

Stuart is known for telling great stories through music, but the stories he tells through his photograph collection are astounding.

Katie Delmez, curator at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, says Stuart is able to bring out subtle nuances that you’d never see in some of these famous people.

“There are over 65 photographs in our show. There are also four images made by his mother, Hilda Stuart. He watched his mother take photographs of their everyday life in Mississippi and that really, that made an important impact on him. And he realized how important it was to document the, to some people, mundane aspects of life. In fact, he called his mother when he was on a trip to New York City, when he was just 14 years old, and had this moment of realizing he could use a camera to document this world of country music that he was already so immersed in. And she’s the one that sent him a camera and he’s been talking photos ever since,” said Delmez. “What I find to be so compelling about these images is it really, he’s almost lifting the veil on these celebrities. We all know the persona for some of these public performers, like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. But because of his close friendship with so many of them, he really captures aspects of their true personality. Not when they’re necessarily posing for the camera, but when they’re just hanging out with a friend or just practicing a song. That to me is what is so interesting, really showing us something different, the true essence or personality of these well-known figures.”

“This is one of the most prestigious museums in the United States of America, concerning the arts. It is such an honor. It is such an honor,” said Stuart. “The thing that comes to my mind is that there was a time when photography was not considered a part of the arts, nor country music, nor American Indians, nor people from the back roads, the rural culture. And they’re all represented on the walls here tonight. It’s been a wonderful journey. I’m so glad it’s at this place, you know. It makes a lot of things valid.”

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is located in downtown Nashville.

His display will be up through November.

The Marty Stuart Show airs on RFD-TV every Saturday night.

By Tammi Arender

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