Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is committed to diversity and enriching the lives of all people. Visitors will experience a rich and colorful display of works from all kinds of cultures, traditions, and peoples. Visitors will witness a wonderful blend of elegantly displayed fine artwork combined with the expertly designed and crafted public gardens. It is an experience not to be missed.


The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden that was founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon. The gallery now has more than 2,000 objects on display, which are organized between 8 and 10 exhibitions a year.

The collection of fine artwork ranges from French Impressionist paintings to English porcelain. The highly reputable public gardens are spread throughout a 17-acre campus and include formal sitting areas, woodland trails, and even cutting gardens.

Permanent Collection:

Fine Arts Collection: The fine arts collection features a series of paintings from the late 19th and early 20th century, sculptures, and works on paper. Works by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Douglas are on display. Some of the great graphic artists of the 1800s and 1900s are also represented.

Decorative Arts Collection: The decorative arts collection features one of the largest holdings of the museum, with nearly 600 works of porcelain. The collection includes Meissen tableware, Hochst figurines, and lots of 18th and 19th-century French pieces. There is also a large collection of United States and European pewter from four different centuries.

Current Exhibitions:

Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images: This exhibition combines the powerful experience of scent with the visual imagery of classical artwork. The Umi-Mori Art Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, has generously loaned more than 140 scent bottles from the 17th through the 20th century. The exhibit will allow visitors to experience how the power of smell has influenced so many different areas over time, including painting. There is even an interactive, hands-on section for the younger visitors called “The Smellery.”

Artifact of a Relationship: Jason Miller: Local Memphis artist Jason Miller is displaying with photographs of everyday objects that hold great meaning to him. His photographs link to one another through this story-telling exhibition series.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art: This exhibition will be on display from July 16 until September 24, 2017. It features works from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. The sculptures, religious objects, and decorative items in this collection are from the thriving artists of the Spanish colonial Caribbean and represent their impact on global artistic exchange.

Edward Giobbi: An Artist Comes to Memphis: This exhibition will be on display from July 16 until September 24 and is organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. It will feature work from the American Artist and cookbook author, Edward Giobbi.

Fidencio Fifield Perez and Vanessa Gonzales: Location, Location, Location: This exhibition will be on display from July 30 until October 8, 2017, and will feature the visual works of Fidencio Fifield.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper: This exhibit is on display from October 15, 2017 until January 7, 2018, and will feature the design work of Isabelle de Borchgrave. She is best known for her colorful paintings and her work as a designer and sculptor.

Upcoming Events:

Family Studio: This event is hosted on the first Saturday of every month and is open to visitors of all ages. This monthly event allows the whole family to express their creative side with a large assortment of craft supplies and imaginations to use! This event is free and is held from 10:00am to noon.

Botanical in Watercolor Class: Leaves Series: The event is a beginner-friendly watercolor class taught by professional botanical artist Sally Markell and aims to entertain. The course has simplified the method of blending colors and adding depth to watercolor paintings. The course will be held on three Wednesdays in June (7th, 14th, 21st) and all supplies will be provided with the one-time fee.

Garden Design and Plant Tours: This event is held weekly on Saturdays and attendees will be led on fragrant-filled tours of the garden grounds by professional garden docents. Tours will focus on different flowers and plants when they are in bloom and aim to both educate and entertain.

Sunrise Yoga Class: This event is held weekly on Wednesdays and attendees can participate in garden-side yoga at sunrise.

Additional Information:

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38117, Phone: 901-761-5250

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