'This was a major event in our city's history.' The Frist opens commemorative gallery on 2010 flood

Posted at 7:09 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 09:30:03-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Frist Art Museum is recognizing the 10 year anniversary of Nashville's historic flood with a community art exhibit.

"This was a major event in our city's history," curator Katie Delmez said.

On May 1, 2010 the rain started. In about 48 hours, 13 inches of rain fell on Nashville.

"This exhibition for many of us is very personal," Delmez said.

The exhibit "The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later" is free. It includes photos collected by the Nashville Public Library and The Tennessean. Different neighborhoods in Davidson County, including Antioch, Belle Meade, Bellevue, Bordeaux and downtown are featured. There is also a place in the gallery to write about a personal experience.

"Even while we were installing the show we kept getting interrupted because visitors, happily, were stopping and wanting to talk [to us] about their experience and ask questions about what they were looking at," she said.

Delmez noticed a common theme.

"The community pulled together and were helping out each other any way they could," she said.

The exhibition will be on view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery through May 17, 2020.