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Ryman Auditorium – 125 Years, Inspired

Feb. 2017 - January 2018
Concourse C Food Court
A National Historic Landmark, the Ryman Auditorium's 125-year history reads like the best of American stories–built as a tabernacle by a riverboat captain who was inspired by a travelling evangelist (1892); rose to prominence first as Nashville’s largest venue for civic gatherings and national touring shows, then as the home of the Grand Ole Opry (1943-1974); largely abandoned for 20 years after a new modern venue was built for the Opry (1974); rescued from the wrecking ball by passionate artists and the Nashville community; triumphantly reopened (1994) and now widely considered one of the finest performance venues in the world.  

Over the last 125 years, the Ryman has hosted the finest performers of all genres and for all generations: operas, symphonies, ballets, theatrical productions and, of course, popular music concerts.  

This exhibit shows the magic of the Ryman over the years including images captured by some of the best photographers of the day: Les Leverett(Johnny Cash, Cash and Bob Hope and Cash and Louis Armstrong), Jim McGuire (Lightning on the Ryman), current Opry photographer Chris Hollo(Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello), Ryman house photographer Steve Lowry (Merle Haggard, Little Big Town, Mumford and Sons, Jack White), Joseph Llanes (Dolly Parton), Erika Goldring (Jason Isbell) and the Grand Ole Opry archives.

Arts at the Airport receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is funded under an agreement with TAC. For more information about Arts at the Airport, please call (615) 275-1614 or send email to