Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Knoxville Museum of Art: Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures

Tina Oldknow, Independent Curator and Art Historian, will present the Eleventh Annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6pm.

Oldknow, who specializes in contemporary art, craft, and design in glass, will discuss “Sources of Inspiration in Contemporary Art in Glass.” She retired in 2015 from her post as senior curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, a position she held for 15 years. During her time in Corning, Oldknow reinstalled the Modern Glass and Contemporary Glass Galleries, and oversaw the inaugural installation of the museum’s Contemporary Art + Design Wing. She has organized over 30 exhibitions in her career, and has written over 100 books, articles, and essays on glass.

The annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture honors the memory of a dedicated staff member of the Dulin Gallery of Art and the Knoxville Museum of Art and celebrates her passion for the visual arts and learning. Each year the series brings to Knoxville a prominent artist, art historian, art educator, or expert in a related field.

The event is free and open to the public thanks to support from the Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Fund, The Melrose Foundation, and Wayne R. Kramer. Please contact rmartin@knoxart.org or 865.525.6101 x 226 to make a reservation. Reserved seats will be held until 6pm. Reception follows; cash bar.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Free event

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists On Location exhibition and art sale on Saturday, April 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This event will provide both new and seasoned collectors the chance to acquire original paintings of some of Knoxville’s best-known sites.

Throughout the week of April 23–27, local and regional artists will capture on canvas the many varied scenes in and around Knoxville. From urban street to pastoral garden settings, the public is invited to watch artists in action as they paint “en plein air” at locations around town.

Artists will exhibit and sell their works at the exhibition and art sale on Saturday, April 28 at 5:30pm. The annual event is free and open to the public, and includes light refreshments and a cash bar. A portion of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Painting in open air or “plein air” became popular in the mid- 19th century when artists of the French Impressionist movement sought to paint light and its changing ephemeral qualities in the atmosphere. The practice of painting on location increased with the development of transportable paint tubes and box easels.

Jason Saunders is the Artists on Location 2018 featured artist. He began his formal studies at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he obtained a strong foundation of painting under the watchful eye of his teacher Dawn E. Whitelaw. Currently, Saunders lives and paints primarily in middle Tennessee. His paintings are described as honest, peaceful, and emotional.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org

Pellissippi State Community College: Media Technologies Design Exhibit

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

This exhibit is a display of Media Technologies student design projects completed during the 2017-2018 academic year from the Communication Graphics and Design for Web and Print concentrations. The exhibit will showcase an extensive range and variety of visual communication solutions.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

TVUUC Gallery: Journeys: Marcia Goldenstein and Todd Johnson

  • April 8, 2018 — June 6, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Free and open to the public - Reception Friday, April 13, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Marcia Goldenstein approaches landscape painting through composites of different times and places, constructed in such a way as to produce new, believable and striking situations. The aerial view of the land is paired with a spectacular evening sky that dominates with its dramatic forms and hues. Giving substance and structure to color-infused air and atmosphere is in contrast to the dwarfed panorama below the horizon. Where they meet becomes the heart of the work. Goldenstein received her BFA and MFA degrees in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nebraska. She has been a visiting artist at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sichuan University, Chengdu; Beihang University, Beijing; University of Texas, San Antonio; Arizona State University; University of Indianapolis; Tudor Hall, UK; College of the Ozarks; Knoxville Museum of Art; F.I.T, NY, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and many other schools and museums. She has an international exhibition record and is represented in numerous public and private collections in the US, Europe and China. She is currently Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee School of Art. marciagoldenstein.com

Todd Johnson finds art to be a res cogitans, “a thinking thing.” As an art teacher, he shares the images and ideas of highly regarded artists with his students. In his own studio, this daily experience informs his own art. Indeed, his interest in acrylic painting in miniature on paint chips is in reflecting upon the nature of art itself. He’s more broadly interested in the entirety of ideas surrounding the making, understanding and consuming of art. Johnson studied at Luther College and Eastern Michigan University. His work has been shown throughout the United States, including solo shows at The Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit; and traveling exhibitions originating from the San Diego Museum of Art and Baltimore Clayworks. He has received several grants including the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship for travel in Japan, a Lincoln Center Education grant for Teaching Artist Training, and two National Endowment for the Arts awards for study at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. toddjohnsonart.com

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176, www.tvuuc.org

The Central Collective: UTILITY with Melissa Everett

  • April 6, 2018 — May 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

OPENING FIRST FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 6:00 PM-9:00PM

My journey as an artist began with the comfort and connection associated with quilt making. I taught myself to quilt in 2012 upon the arrival of my first son. It was one of those huge transitions in life when you don’t really know what is about to happen next but you hold on and go for it. Much to my surprise, this “little hobby” I was embarking on would lead to huge personal growth, branching out and meeting some of the most inspirational people here in Knoxville.

Domestic life was a difficult adjustment for me, and through quilting I was able to find beauty and calm in the day to day hustle of child rearing. The historically woman-dominated craft of quilting was becoming a way of life for me, as it has for so many before me. For many years, women have been making these objects of utility to provide warmth and security to their loved ones, pouring their prayers and hardships into each one and weaving broken pieces back together. The quilt’s utility is so appealing and practical, yet what goes into making the surface design of each quilt is so much more than useful--and this method of beautifying the home environment has a deep and rich history into which I step with each quilt I design..

Modern quilt making has evolved into a movement of personal expression which has spurred me to keep exploring, asking questions and searching for more. My work is evolving, centering me and satisfying my need to be stimulated visually through color, composition and concept. I’ve been influenced greatly by cut paper collage, abstract expressionism, print making and a love for what I call organic geometry. There is a deep satisfaction in the calculated imperfections that come from creating by hand and being a work in progress, because these processes resonate with my experience. I discover under-appreciated beauty in life's imperfections. This show is about how much more there is to life than UTILITY.

This show is dedicated to the women who have taught me and encouraged me to explore. https://www.melissaneverett.com

The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590, info@thecentralcollective.com, www.thecentralcollective.com

The Emporium Center: Joe Longobardi: Mind heart and the City

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Mind heart and the City documents downtown Asheville, North Carolina's most recent iteration of gentrification as it strives to maintain the diversity of its bohemian mountain culture. The images reveal a people and culture experiencing a paradigm shift as it transitions into the new millennium. The genesis of this project began approximately ten years earlier, and did not come to completion until 2017. The photographs in the exhibition and the two accompanying books were captured completely on film, shot over a ten year period. Although the use of film is not the main focus of the project, Joe Longobardi’s intent was to rediscover the 20th century humanist approach to street photography via the utilization of old manual film cameras to explore and document city life. View a YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BLrweC47cA.

Joe Longobardi is a photographer, writer, musician, and illustrator who has worked professionally as a documentary and street photographer since 2008. He studied graphic design and Illustration at The Art Institute of Boston. He was also a founding member of the recording and touring Metal band Attika releasing several album in the U.S, Europe and Japan. Longobardi’s photography has been exhibited at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts; the Biltmore Estate; Southeast Gallery of Photographic Art, Vero Beach, FL; CREGS Lens on Gender and Sexuality Exhibition, San Francisco, CA; Lenoir-Rhyne University; and the Asheville Art Museum. Solo exhibitions include Living Art at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and Urban Photography from the Streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town at UNC Asheville. His photos have appeared in numerous publications including Our State Magazine, The New York Times, F-Stop Magazine, Shelterforce Magazine, Mel Bay Publications, and the Laurel of Asheville Magazine. For more information, please visit http://joelongobardiphotography.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Expressions by Derrick Freeman

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Derrick Freeman is a self-taught artist diagnosed with Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired verbal and non-verbal communication. By age two, he was completely non-verbal and unable to learn and use language like most children his age. By age three, art became his only form of communication, and he learned to express his perceptions of life and everyday living through drawings and artwork. Each piece of art tells the story of his journey with Autism. Freeman continues to break down the barriers of Autism through sharing his unique artistic talents with the community as well as advocating for more social inclusion for individuals with Autism.

Over the years, Derrick Freeman’s artwork has been featured on WVLT-TV (Channel 8), at the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Museum of Art Artists on Location, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Disability Mega Conference, the Art Fair of Madisonville, Very Special Arts (VSA) of Tennessee, East Tennessee Historical Society, Blount Mansion, Davis Art Studio, Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University. In addition, Derrick’s art has been featured in several newspapers and magazines throughout Tennessee including: City View Magazine: Annual Arts Magazine and in the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Breaking Ground magazine. For additional information, please visit www.derrickfreemansart.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Mike C. Berry: New Works

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

This small exhibition will highlight the recent work of Mike C Berry. Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. His paintings consist of gestural brushstrokes and pure bright color. Recently, he illustrated a children’s book, “The Curious Adventures of Wickl Wackl and his Friends” written by his friend Renee D’Elia-Zunino.

Mike C. Berry was the 2007 Dogwood Arts Festival Limited Edition Print Artist and received the Best Visual Artist in Knoxville award by the Knoxville News Sentinel Readers Poll in 2009. He has exhibited his work in numerous group exhibitions and a solo exhibition, Something Blue, in September 2017. He earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Berry is the gallery manager for the UT Downtown Gallery and is represented by The District Gallery in Knoxville and The River Gallery in Chattanooga. He and his wife Leah live in Knoxville with their daughter, Orly. For more information, please visit www.mikecberry.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: A Total Eclipse of the Heart by Eric Thompson

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

This past August, I had a unique opportunity to watch the total eclipse from a friend’s mountaintop home. We were in an area of totality for over two minutes, and it was an awe-inspiring experience. The common thread in featuring eclipse pictures with wedding photography is all about the storytelling: it was just like a wedding in that, in order to tell the story of the eclipse, I had to capture all of the elements from the phases to Bailey’s beads to the diamond ring to totality. What I am sharing in this show are scenes from some of my downtown weddings through the past 18 years combined with the artistic fun that I had creating the piece titled “Eclipse Descending” and trying my hand at this new “stellar” art.

Eric Thompson has been a musician and photographer in the Knoxville area for over 20 years. He was described by his mentor and instructor in the 1990’s as being a natural. His sense of detail and perceptiveness to his surroundings allows him to capture the physical, emotional and reactive responses of his subjects in real time. He also has a photo-journalistic nature and loves to chronicle any momentous occasion in a way that expresses a complete story. For more information, please visit www.photographybyerick.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Creativity and Parkinsons - Their Stories and Their Art

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Recent research has demonstrated definitively that Parkinson’s Disease, along with dopamine-based medication is actually causing some people to be more creative. Many people report that before being diagnosed with the disease they had not engaged in any particular creative activity, and after the onset of the disease, they took up creative activities such as poetry, painting, and photography, while those who were already creative have reported a surge in creative output. The research has concluded that when involved in an intense creative activity, the brain produces more dopamine and the symptoms of the disease are reduced.

This exhibition will feature the work of several individuals who have experienced this phenomenon. Most of these participants are not professional artists. The value of their work is the pleasure and relief they garner from the creative experience. The work to be displayed includes painting, photography, poetry, furniture making and more. The displays are designed as a traveling show and will be displayed in the future in locations such as hospital lobbies. The project is designed by Architect David Denton and sponsored by Dr. Michele Brewer, MD.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

Art Market Gallery: Silent Auction

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

To celebrate spring and the coming Dogwood Arts festival, the Art Market Gallery will hold a silent auction of artwork by its members throughout the month of APril. Bidders can make a "buy it now" bid at tremendously reduced prices or make regular bids on paintings, jewelry, pottery, fiber art and more.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net

The Tomato Head: Xerography by Artist R.L. Gibson

  • April 2, 2018 — May 6, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

"Foot Traffic", featuring new xerography work by Artist R.L. Gibson, opens at The Tomato Head in Knoxville on April 2 and runs through May 6th. The Tomato Head is located at 12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN.

"For the past few months, I have been working on a "Traffic" series which consists of delicate xerography transfers on pigment-stained wood, including transfers of maps, surveys, blueprints and schematics of civil engineering projects that span a wide range of built environments (e.g. streets, bridges, parks & plazas). The pigment stains are chosen to connect the transfers to their literal locations while the quiet over-painting echoes the universal details of those environments."

"Foot Traffic" is an extension of the Traffic series that concentrates on physical footsteps as opposed to driving patterns that underlie the patterns of common human behavior. Think of it as"Cha, Cha, Cha" instead of "Honk, Honk". To see more work by R.L. Gibson, visit http://RLGibson.com/

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