About the Dixon
Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. The Dixon features a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. The museum organizes and presents eight to ten exhibitions every year, the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages. The Dixon’s 17 acre campus is highly regarded public garden that includes formal spaces, woodland tracts, and cutting gardens. The Dixon is accredited by the American Association Museums and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Botanical Gardens Conservation International.
Although a public institution, the museum receives no city, state or federal funding; it is funded by the Hugo Dixon Foundation, individual, and corporate contributions.
The mission of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is to preserve, display and interpret art and horticulture.
The vision of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens is to create intellectually and sensually rich experiences for the widest possible audiences through the display and interpretation of its cultural and living collections, through meaningful exhibitions and education programming, through the stimulation of beautiful galleries and gardens, and by cultivating strong interconnections between art, nature, and learning.
The Dixon’s gardens were carefully carved out of native Tennessee woodlands, with consideration given to the fine old trees, vistas, arrangement and sequence of garden space. Reflecting Mr. Dixon’s English heritage, the gardens were landscaped in the manner of an English park with open vistas adjacent to smaller, intimate formal spaces.