Hutcheson Gallery: The Hainsworth Collection


Hutcheson Gallery: The Hainsworth Collection is in the past.

After spending two years traveling to various museums across the nation, select paintings from the collection of John and Susan Hainsworth will be on display for the first time in Nashville at Lipscomb University’s Hutcheson Gallery. The collection will be exhibited beginning Monday, March 27 and running through Friday, May 5.

Lipscomb will exhibit 21 of the over 80 pieces that make up the collection. The collection is comprised of American paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries including works by George Inness, John White Alexander, Robert Henri, Everett Shinn and more.

Dianne Tankersley-Spooner, an independent design professional and owner of the retail antique and design shop Grace Francis Interiors, will also provide antique furniture as part of the Hainsworth Collection exhibit in Lipscomb’s Hutcheson Gallery. Spooner has been buying and selling European and estate antiques for nearly 20 years, and the antique furniture will be peppered throughout the gallery to go along with the theme of the exhibit.  

Dr. John Hainsworth, a medical oncologist who is a partner in Tennessee Oncology and a medical adviser at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and wife, Susan, have been acquiring this collection for over 15 years, buying paintings at auctions and at private galleries, while learning all that they can about American artists.

As their passion for American art grew, the Hainsworths began researching artists who were members of the Hudson River School, a movement created by mid-19th century landscape painters whose work was influenced by undeveloped America.  Several Hudson River School paintings will be on display, including works by Jasper Cropsey, Edward Moran and George Inness.

The collection also includes impressionist pieces from the late 19th and early 20th century as well as more realist works, which depict the bustling life of crowded cities. The collection ends chronologically with works by 1930s American scene painters and regionalists such as Thomas Hart Benton.

Located in the James D. Hughes Center at Lipscomb University, the John C. Hutcheson Gallery opened in fall of 2010. Curated by Lipscomb visual arts department faculty, the Hutcheson Gallery features a variety of exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides an opportunity to study, exhibit and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement and artistic interests. 

The Hutcheson Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., however, hours may vary during scheduled events. The Hutcheson Gallery is best accessible from the Belmont Boulevard entrances to campus.

For more information on The Hainsworth Collection and the Hutcheson Gallery exhibit, contact Lipscomb’s visual arts department at 615.966.5813.