Calendar of Events

Monday, November 18, 2019

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center: 2019 Holiday Show and Sale

  • November 15, 2019 — December 8, 2019

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

Highlights some of the fine things that are made by people right here in Knoxville! Join us for the Holiday Sale right in the middle of the show on Fri Dec 6.

Buy Handmade for the Holidays!

Mon: 9am-8:30pm
Tues: 9am-8:30pm
Wed: 9am-8pm
Thurs: 9am-6pm
Fri: 9am-2 pm
Sat: 9:30am-2 pm

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, 1127 Broadway Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-523-1401,

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery: Paintings by Lynda Best

  • November 8, 2019 — December 31, 2019
  • Mon.-Thurs. 9AM-4PM, Fri. 9AM-12PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Paintings by Lynda Best will be exhibited November 1 thru December 31 In Westminster Presbyterian Church's Shilling Gallery. Her bold acrylic paintings are inspired by "Nature's transforming powers directly witnessed in the growth
cycle of the flowers and the seasonal changes in water levels in our streams and rivers."
She is a recent recipient of one of the Art and Culture Alliance's Bailey grants.

Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, Friday, 9 AM to Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Dr.

Ewing Gallery: Artist in Residence Retrospective

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

Opening Reception, Thursday, November 7, 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Ewing Gallery before the Artist in Residence Lecture at 7:30pm in room 109, A+A Building

The Ewing Gallery will be closed November 27 - December 1 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present AIR Retrospective an exhibition that showcases work from the Ewing Gallery permanent Collection by past UT School of Art Artists in Residence. We will also be exhibiting the AIR of UT Print Portfolio, a 3 portfolio suite of digital prints curated by UT School of Art Alumni, Wade Guyton, Meredyth Sparks, and Josh Smith. The AIR of UT Print Portfolio features work by many past Artists in Residents and alumni of UT. Several sculptural works and drawings by former UT School of Art painting professor, Michael Brakke will also be on display. Brakke, who passed away in 2010 was instrumental recruiting AIRs and developing the UT Artist in Residence program.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Art and Architecture Building, Knoxville, Tn 37996

The Emporium Center: Work by Recipients of Bailey Opportunity Grants

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

Special reception for the artists on Wed Nov 20, 5-7 PM - open to the public. Please join us!

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents an exhibit of painting, photography, woodwork, forged metal, jewelry, sculpture, and more by the fourteen visual artists who are recipients of an FY20 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. Artists in the exhibition include: Eleanor Aldrich, Lynda Best, Jurgen Dopatka, Derrick Freeman, Shannon Johnson, Marty McConnaughey, John Phillips, Sarah Pollock, Shawn Poynter, Chris Rohwer, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Derek White, Bryan Wilkerson, and Brandon Woods.

A part of the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Bailey Opportunity Grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations. The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. These fourteen artists have utilized their collective $42,000+ for local, regional, and national workshops, studio time, technical equipment, and more.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

Omega Gallery: CONSUMED.

  • November 5, 2019 — December 4, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The husband and wife team of Eric and Carrie Tomberlin will have a two-person exhibition of their recent photographs, titled, “Consumed,” at Carson-Newman University. The exhibition will open in the Art Department’s Omega Gallery with a public reception on Nov. 5, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Tomberlins are currently on the art department faculty of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Eric is an assistant professor of art, and the head of the photography concentration at UNC-A. Carrie is a lecturer of art, and the gallery director at UNC-A. They both have an extensive record of teaching photography and exhibiting their personal work around America - and internationally.

Carrie Tomberlin earned her bachelor of arts degree from Eckerd College in Florida, and she earned her master of arts degree from Clemson University in South Carolina. She has exhibited her work in places such as Georgia, Texas, California, Tennessee, New York, Idaho, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as in Korea, England, the Republic of Georgia, and China. Her work concerns issues of connection and disconnection, community, accountability and sustainability.

Eric Tomberlin earned his bachelor of arts degree from The Brooks Institute of Photography in California, and he earned his masters from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited his work in places such as California, Utah, New York, Vermont, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and New Jersey, as well as in France, The Czech Republic, England, and the Republic of Georgia. His work often questions both the benefits and consequences of human ingenuity, consumer culture and creativity.

Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & S. College Streets, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

C for Courtside: Surround by VINEGAR

  • November 1, 2019 — December 6, 2019

Category: Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Music

By VINEGAR (Ann Trondson and Melissa Yes)
In collaboration with Fenella Kennedy and students from the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance

Opening Reception: Friday November 1, 2019, 7-10pm
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @vinegarprojects

The pulsing repetitive beat, sweat soaking your carefully selected outfit, the hours that pass without much thought while you repeat the same movements over and over, the exhaustion disappearing when you hear that song that makes you get on the dance floor and keep going because it is just too good to miss. Vinegar wants to go to a place where the ego falls away, where the body reconnects with the mind and the boundaries between us dissolve. Taking inspiration from 1990s midwest rave culture, Vinegar invites you to melt into your surroundings. Let’s dance.

VINEGAR champions artists. VINEGAR is a non-profit organization run for artists by artists in Birmingham, Alabama. Upcoming projects include the launch of Airbnb X Vinegar, an experimental exhibition venue (opening November 7, 2019) and VINEGAR’s first official headquarters, a permanent exhibition space opening winter 2019-2020.

ANN TRONDSON’s artistic practice is based in live performance, video, sound, and drawing. Recent exhibitions of her work have been held at Louis B. James Gallery, New York City (2014); College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (2013), and MAK Center of Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2012). Her films have been screened at Salon 94 Gallery, New York (2014) and the Palm Springs Art Museum (2010). In 2014, she participated in the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France. Previous residences include The Guesthaus Residency, Los Angeles (2012), The Vermont Studio Center (2009), and The Banff Centre (2009). She received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2008 and now lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama.

MELISSA YES makes objects, installations, video art, and performances. She uses low-brow materials and DIY digital techniques to create moments of physical, cultural, and existential tension. Using destruction as a creative process and vice-versa, Yes tinkers with the production and consumption of American bodies, landscapes, and cultural narratives.

Melissa Yes earned an MFA with an emphasis in sculpture (2017) at the Ohio State University, as well as a BS in biology (2006) and a BFA in fine art (2012) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Yes worked as a studio assistant for artist Ann Hamilton from 2015-17. Yes’s twelve-year career in art, education, and the nonprofit sector has led her back to Birmingham, Alabama, where she is working as an artist, designer, educator, and co-director of VINEGAR.

FENELLA KENNEDY is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Alabama University. Their work deals with the intersection of language, performance, and identity, using large-scale immersive environments to explore topics of gender, social media, and the strange and reptile pre(sent)-history of birds and ballerinas. Kennedy earned their PhD in Dance Studies from the Ohio State University, and maintains the public research blog Headtail Connection. In their fleeting spare time Kennedy teaches and organizes social partner dance events across the United States. Fenella Kennedy is joined for this project by dancers from the University of Alabama: Marcus Bivins, Alexis Odom, Danielle Pope, Abi Shepherd and Jamie Stannard.

C for Courtside, 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:,
Follow the gallery on Instagram: @cforcourtside

Awaken Coffee: Artwork by Sarah Dempsey

  • November 1, 2019 — December 1, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host artist Sarah Dempsey Friday, November 1 from 6-9 pm

"It’s not a thought process that leads to my art. I think too much and painting is my escape from that. My art seems to be a reflection from what I am feeling, of how I react to all of God’s creation.” - Sarah Dempsey

Join us for inspiring art, refreshments and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee is a live music venue, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of downtown. Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Hours: Mon-Thu 7 AM - 9 PM, Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM
(865) 951-0427 or

Rala: First Friday with Brian Pittman

  • November 1, 2019 — December 1, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

November 1st 6-9PM

We are excited to announce Brian Pittman as our featured artist for the month of November! This year, Brian is mixing things up and selling original drawings in sealed envelopes. Each drawing is a surprise until after you purchase. Come join us for the show opening and to meet one of Knoxville's finest artists!

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
HOURS: Mon - Thurs: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Fri - Sat: 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am to 5:00pm
PH: (865) 525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

The District Gallery: The Big Tiny Show

  • November 1, 2019 — November 30, 2019

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

We are so pleased to announce our first open call small works show! The Big Tiny Show is a national juried exhibition of over 100 small works by a diverse group of local and regional artists. $1500 in cash awards will be juried by longtime Knoxville artist Joe Parrott. Please join us this First Friday, November 1 from 5-8 p.m. to meet local artists, get a sneak peek at our holiday collection, and enjoy this big show of delightfully tiny art!

The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 200-4452 or
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10-5:30, Saturday 10-4

Striped Light: Welcome to Hell Vol. 2

  • November 1, 2019 — November 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Striped Light / 107 Bearden Pl.

Reception: November 1 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Eleanor Aldrich, April Bachtel, Eric Cagley, Natalie Petrosky, Jonathan Purtill, Sarah Shebaro, Nathan Sulfaro

Welcome to Hell is a semiannual exhibition and collaborative book project curated by Jonathan Purtill.

Regionality is important. Not in the sense of 'local color' or 'terroir' or whatever, but as an interconnected set of habits and subcultures that require tending and attention (or he way that touring bands open for hometown heroes in another city).

Fluorescent Gallery: Mineral House Media Group Residency Exhibition

  • November 1, 2019 — November 29, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Fluorescent Gallery / 627 N Central St
Reception: November 1 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Liz Wierzbicki, Aaron Cowan, Rylan Thompson, joy tirade, Marlos E'van, Matthew Dutton, McLean Fahnestock, Diana Palermo, Kevin Brophy, Megumi Naganoma

Mineral House Media is thrilled to announce our second annual residency exhibition, featuring artwork from all participants in our 2019 digital residency program. Multimedia works span a breadth of topics: place, nature, identity, community, intimacy, trauma, technology, duality, dreams, and more. Each resident's written interview will be available at the show, so that visitors can dig deeper into the work and practices of the artists.

Mineral House Media’s digital residency program is a series of online artist residencies. Each artist in this exhibition was selected for our 2019 program. During the digital residency, artists are given full control of the Mineral House Media Instagram feed for three weeks, and are encouraged to curate a selection of works that exemplify the trajectory of their practice. They were each highlighted in a month-long webpage feature, and completed a detailed written interview at the end of their residency.

Mineral House Media was founded in 2017 as an online curatorial collective, focused on the enrichment of personal practice through critical analysis and the elevation of working contemporary artists. We strive to connect artists across the Southeast and beyond through a series of online residencies, interviews, podcasts, and documentaries. As a publication platform, Mineral House Media invites all writers and media creators to invest in the art world through reviews and analytical media projects.

The Emporium Center: Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Member Exhibition

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 1, from 4:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Exhibition includes special weekend hours: Saturday, November 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center (AACC) Member Exhibition was developed to showcase local arts and crafts from members of the AACC crafting in the East Tennessee region. Traditional Appalachia arts and crafts will be featured in the member exhibition, including: basket making, woodwork, quilting, weaving, pottery, mixed media and more! The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is one of the oldest craft centers in Tennessee with more than 70 local juried artists. Their mission is to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. They are a nonprofit arts center featuring a public gallery selling handcrafted pieces by our local juried artists. Throughout the year, the center offers classes for adults and children. For more information, please visit or

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

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