Learn more about Tullahoma Art Center.
Born out of a need to preserve the past, the Tullahoma Arts Center now brings quality art experiences to the region, while also protecting and nurturing the legacy of the three Baillet sisters.
The Baillet sisters quickly adapted to their new surroundings became prominent members of the community and opened a millinery shop, one of the first businesses in town owned by women. Accomplished artists, the sisters also assisted the family in creating a striking Italianate home with many unique interior design features.
Located near the railroad at 401 South Jackson Street, the two-story brick house is one of the oldest structures in Tullahoma (1886).
Art played a vital role in the Baillet sisters’ lives, being one of the few acceptable activities for women in the nineteenth century. Their original art works were often given to friends as gifts. Many of these paintings have returned to the home and are part of TAC’s permanent collection.
In 1968, the centennial of the Baillets’ arrival in Tullahoma, a dedicated group of art lovers united to save the home from certain destruction and restored the historic building as a center for the arts. A new wing, the Regional Museum of Art, was added in 1992, bringing a modern art gallery to the center and expanding TAC’s classroom, office and storage space.
A bronze sculpture was permanently installed on the TAC lawn in 1999. Entitled, Summer Song, it was created by Bell Buckle artist Russell Faxon. The statue was financed with a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and with public donations.
TAC continues the Baillet sisters’ dream today by offering a wide variety of programs and special events that stress both diversity and excellence. Shows featured at the Center include exhibits by local artists and traveling exhibitions like that of the American Watercolor Society. Coming in May 2018, TAC will sponsor the Tullahoma Arts and Crafts Festival.
401 S. Jackson Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
American Watercolor Society $20.00 ($10.00 TAC Members)
Group Rates available American Watercolor Society (10 or more)
Gift Shop: Starts at $2.00 and Up
Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m.
Open on Special Events
All other hours by appointment only
- Student Discount
- Senior Citizen Discount
- Other Discounts
- Group Discount