Nashville Portraits: Photographs by Jim McGuire at the Morris Museum or Art

The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Nashville Portraits
Photographs by Jim McGuire
Exhibition March 6,> April 26, 2009

Nashville Portraits: Photographs by Jim McGuire, organized by the Morris Museum or Art, opens to the public on March 6, 2009, at the Morris Museum’s annual Gala. This highly acclaimed touring exhibition includes sixty of McGuire’s most engaging photographic portraits of leading figures in country, bluegrass, and Americana music—among them Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash (with Billy Graham), Emmy Lou Harris, and Ricky Skaggs.

Jim McGuire


Jim McGuire,
Johnny Cash and Dr. Billy Graham, 1978.
© Courtesy of the artist.

“Jim McGuire is one of country music’s most celebrated photographers,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition. “These sixty silver gelatin prints were selected from thousands of portraits shot over a period of more than thirty-five years. Since Jim moved to Nashville in 1972, his photographs have graced the covers of more than six hundred recordings, and, in Nashville, he has grown to be nearly as famous as his musical subjects.”

As McGuire himself has pointed out, “Over the past thirty-plus years, I have had the great good fortune to have met, photographed, and befriended many of my musical heroes. Most of us have a drawer full of snap shots that remind us of the good times. These are mine.”

This exhibition began its national tour at the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee where it appeared from May to September 2007. It has since traveled to the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, City of Lake Charles in Louisiana, and Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama. After its appearance at the Morris Museum, the exhibition journeys to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum in Logan, Kansas, and the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. The exhibition was organized by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, and its tour was developed and is managed by Smith-Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jim McGuire


Jim McGuire,
Dolly Parton, 1974
© Courtesy of the artist.

Jim McGuire


Jim McGuire,
Bill Monroe, 1989
© Courtesy of the artist.

Nashville Portraits: Photographs by Jim McGuire remains on display at the Morris Museum of Art through April 26, 2009. For more information, please visit the museum’s web site at

This exhibition is accompanied by a book entitled, Nashville Portraits: Legends of Country Music. Compiled and edited by Morris Museum of Art director Kevin Grogan, the book includes an essay by former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman William Ferris, as well as more than sixty of Jim McGuire’s black and white photographs of Nashville’s finest, accompanied brief biographical sketches of each artist and quotes from their peers and admirers, appraising them and their contributions to the music scene. The book is available at the Morris Museum of Art store or online at http//

Related Programming

    Friday, March 6, 2009
    The Sixteenth Annual Morris Museum of Art Gala

    The 2009 gala honors artist Jim McGuire, since 1972 one of country music’s most celebrated photographers, and marks the opening of the exhibition Nashville Portraits: Photographs by Jim McGuire. Organized by the Morris Museum of Art for a national tour, this captivating exhibition of sixty black-and-white photographs captures forever many of the leading figures in country music and celebrates the music that celebrates America.

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