The Collection at Bobby

by Tinney Contemporary

Bobby has always been more than just a hotel. Centered in Nashville’s downtown “Arts District,” it only makes sense to add some conversation to these wood-paneled walls. 

In partnership with Tinney Contemporary, Nashville’s premier art gallery, Bobby is hosting The Collection at Bobby, a quarterly rotating art exhibition featuring local, regional, and national contemporary artists around collected themes and conversations.

When at Bobby, you’re free to explore every corner, and if you’d like a guided walk accompanied with a little “hair of the dog,” give us a call. 

All pieces are available for purchase. To inquire, please email: thecollection@bobbyhotel.com

In celebration of Americanafest, The Collection at Bobby & Tinney Contemporary are partnering with the Alan L. Mayor Estate, MTSU and the Americana Music Association for a retrospective exhibition honoring the late photographer’s legacy. Through his lens, Mayor immortalized the captivating lives and illustrious careers of Nashville’s iconic musicians. The new collection is slated to launch on September 6th. 

Alan L. Mayor could capture a moment like no other photographer on Music Row. This first-ever retrospective of his work in his adopted hometown of Nashville is a testament to that ability. Through this exhibition, we’re transported to an era where the traditions of country music were changing, future legends were just starting to get a foothold in the industry, and artists relied on professional photographers to share their lives with fans. Beginning in the 1970s, Alan established himself on Music Row as the go-to photojournalist of the Nashville music industry. Whether he was taking photos at Exit/In or grabbing candid shots backstage at Fan Fair, Alan had a gift for color and composition. One night, he might be documenting an unguarded moment that nobody else would have noticed. The next night, he might be taking photographs of Billy Ray Cyrus being mobbed by fans or Garth Brooks gliding over an arena audience. Remarkably, decades later, Alan’s photos can still carry us back to those moments, making us feel as if we were there, too. Alan Leslie Mayor was born on August 21, 1949, in Belleville, Illinois. His father’s 24-year Air Force career took the family all over the United States. In 1966, Colonel Mayor retired from the Air Force and landed a permanent civilian post at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, right on the Kentucky/Tennessee border, nine miles from Clarksville, Tennessee. Clarksville soon became the permanent home for the Mayor family. As a student at Austin Peay State University, Alan majored in philosophy, English, and theatre but also worked on the staff of the college newspaper as their photographer, documenting all things happening on campus. After his graduation in 1971, he made his way 47.5 miles south to Nashville, never looking back. He’d been shooting family photos there on many outings, so he knew the area well. Nashville was quickly evolving, and Alan was one of many in an unruly crowd eager to play their part. He landed a job with a local photographer and freelanced when possible. Within a few years, he witnessed the Outlaw era of country music firsthand, as evidenced by many of the photos in this exhibition. In time, his photo subjects included Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, and others, well before they became country superstars. Mayor wisely held on to his copyrights, making this exhibition possible. In 1999, Mayor published his only collection of photos, titled The Nashville Family Album, A Country Music Scrapbook. His many clients included The Tennessean and Nashville Banner newspapers, as well as ASCAP, BMI, Peer International, SESAC, Mercury Records, Capitol Records, Curb Records, Sony Music, DreamWorks, and MCA Records. He also shot photos for Billboard, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row, People Magazine, Acuff/Rose Music, The Jewish Federation, and numerous fan magazines. In addition, he donated many volunteer hours to the TJ Martell Foundation, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Liver Foundation. As nostalgic locals who view this exhibit will attest, Alan lived and worked in Nashville at a great time. Although he kept a crazy schedule, he remained an avid fisherman and camper, though he always had his camera handy to snap photos of nature and family. As a brother, son, and friend, he was just Alan, who was full of stories of his many experiences on Music Row. And if you knew Alan, you know he loved his pet cats. He passed away on February 22, 2015.



Susan Tinney, owner of Tinney Contemporary, got her start in the art world in a circuitous way. Having been raised around artists and creative people, she naturally gravitated in that direction. However, her love of all things science drove her toward a career in the Biotech industry, where she enjoyed a long and interesting path. With one foot in science but her heart in the art world, Susan began holding pop-up art exhibits, where she made a name for herself in Nashville’s growing art scene.

When a visionary developer floated the idea of anchoring the newly renovated historic Kress Building with an art gallery, Susan decided it was time to make a concrete investment in her passion and purchased the ground floor to start a gallery. Tinney Contemporary opened their doors to the public in August 2006. Tinney and two former galleries started the Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl on Tinney Contemporary’s opening night, where, according to Susan, approximately 160 art crawls have been held to date.

Joshua Edward Bennett is a fine artist, a designer, a musician, a husband, and a father. He received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, in 2019 with a concentration in digital arts and his BFA in painting and drawing in 2006 at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN.

At Tinney Contemporary, Joshua utilizes his extensive experience in the art world by managing the operation and curating exhibitions for the gallery. Additionally, he brings his unique curatorial perspective to the program The Collection at Bobby. Since moving to Nashville from New Orleans in 2020, Joshua has enjoyed hiking, camping, and spending more time with family and friends in Tennessee.


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