Calendar of Events

Monday, April 2, 2018

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

Landscaped: Photos by Casey Fox

  • April 2, 2018 — April 15, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Hosted by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and Knox County Public Library
at Knox County Public Library, 500 W Church Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop located inside the Knox County Public Library's Lawson McGhee Library will host Landscaped, an exhibit of photos by local artist Casey Fox during the month of April as part of the Friends at Rothrock Used Book Shop's Birthday Celebration. Fox, the library's fund development manager, says this about her work:

"I never set out to create a series, but after a few years of taking photos of buildings and other human-created structures I realized I had. Landscaped is a collection of my favorite pictures of places. Many of them are right here in East Tennessee, but some are from such far-flung locales as California, Spain and Bosnia. Despite the range of places, I believe all of these images share something. I just love the quality a human-made place takes on when there are no humans occupying it. Abandoned structures often get pigeonholed as "spooky", but I don't always feel this is the case. Don't get me wrong — Hotel Miljevina was the headquarters of the Bosnian-Serb Paramilitary during the Bosnian War. Lots of women were brutalized there, and it felt really unsettling to walk that ground. But an off-season fireworks stand in Greenback doesn't feel spooky. It feels utilitarian. Or purposeful, rather. Without people around, you're free to take in the lines and angles of a building, and think about how its design and location serves (or served) its purpose. I love trying to convey the beauty of these mostly banal locations and structures through my pictures. I'm a fan of the New Topographics movement that blossomed in the late 20th Century and admire how through their photography of the mundane they were able to explore ideas ranging from how the eye travels across an image to the challenges of an increasingly developing world to the general intersection of the natural and the synthetic. I also just like lines and symmetry and diffused light. Thanks for looking at my pictures."

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

JOIN US For a reception on Friday, April 6 from 6-9PM

The second group of MFA Thesis Exhibitions will take place in the Ewing Gallery from April 2 - 8, 2018. In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space. Exhibiting students are:

Austin Pratt - "Some Openings"
Christian Vargas - "Tianguis"
Tom Wixo - "Coward of the County"

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

UT Campus Events Board: Culture Week 2018

  • April 2, 2018 — April 6, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

The Campus Events Board is proud to present Culture Week 2018! We would love for you to join us for a week full of fun events to celebrate the appreciation of diversity in cultures. Below is our list of events, with corresponding Facebook event pages link for more information about each event:

Monday, April 2nd – Drag Trivia Night in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium @ 6:30pm

Tuesday, April 3rd – Film Showing – Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People in HSS 123 @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, April 4th – Mandy Harvey “Singing Without Sound” Concert at The Mill and Mine @ 7pm doors open @ 6pm
*Shuttle transportation to and from the Mill and Mine will be provided for students starting at 5:30pm in the AMB S9 lot

Thursday, April 5th – MFLL Talent Show in Cox Auditorium @ 6:30pm

Friday, April 6th – 865 Night Market with the Asian American Association – HSS Plaza @ 7pm

Historic Tennessee Theatre: Mighty Musical Monday


Category: Music

April 2, 2018 at 12:00pm at the Historic Tennessee Theatre.
(Doors open at 11:30 AM) Enjoy Mighty Wurlitzer organ performances by Dr. Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson and special guest, Kathryn Frady. American soprano Kathryn Frady has been widely praised for her vocal range and dramatic talent. Frady is also the General & Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Marble City Opera.

Brown bag lunches consisting of a sandwich, chips, and a dessert may be purchased in the lobby for $5.00 while supplies last. Soft drinks, bottled water, popcorn, and candy will also be available for purchase. Mighty Musical Monday is presented by LHP Capital, LLC.

For more information, contact the Tennessee Theatre's Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or Saturday 10am-2pm at 865-684-1200. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Writers in the Library Presents Kristin Robertson and Daniel Lawless

  • April 2, 2018

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

On Monday, April 2, poets Kristin Robertson and Daniel Lawless will read as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series.

Kristin Robertson is the author of Surgical Wing (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poetry appears recently in The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals. She has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and is the winner of the inaugural Laux/Millar Raleigh Review Poetry Prize.

Daniel Lawless is the founder and editor of Plume: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, the Plume anthologies and co-founder of the poetry press, Plume Editions. His poems have been published in many journals, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Solstice, the American Journal of Poetry, Asheville Review, decomP, diode, The Common, the Cortland Review, FIELD, Numero Cinq, and The Manhattan Review, among others. His poetry collection The Gun My Sister Killed Herself With was released in March of 2018 by Salmon Poetry Press/Dufour Editions. Lawless has lived and taught in France and the UK and now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. Aside from poetry, he has written critical essays and conducted author interviews; a number of autobiographical sketches drawing on his youthful experiences in Louisville, Kentucky will be the subject of a forthcoming book.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

Dogwood Arts: Art In Public Places

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Dogwood Arts Art In Public Places - Temporary Sculpture Exhibition

Art in Public Places is a large-scale outdoor sculpture program showcased throughout Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Alcoa, Tennessee. The annual rotating installation is one of many Dogwood Arts programs focused on providing access to the arts for everyone, promoting awareness of the strong visual arts community thriving in our region, and creating a vibrant and inspiring environment for residents and visitors to experience. Over the past eleven years, Dogwood Arts has curated and installed over 220 works of art, and the Art In Public Places program has gained national recognition as a platform for world-class artists. This year’s ambitious collection of sculptures created by artists from across the nation has been selected by Director of the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Justin Rabideau.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Clarence Brown Theatre: Dream of the Burning Boy

Category: Theatre

By: David West Read

"…eloquent, affecting…moving." The New York Times

Since the death of his favorite student, Larry Morrow, a fifty-something high school teacher, has been falling asleep at his desk and dreaming. The student’s sister and his friends find little solace in schoolwork. And the school’s guidance counselor keeps hanging inspirational slogans on the walls to help everyone “process their emotions.” A bittersweet story of finding the way and strength to move on. This production contains mature language and themes.

Lab Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

Pellissippi State Community College: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

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

This annual juried exhibition features student paintings, drawings, sculptures, metalworkings and ceramics.

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,

McClung Museum: Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Science & nature

Pick Your Poison examines how mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America.

Featuring over forty medicines, advertisements, historic and popular culture documents and books, video footage, and paraphernalia, the exhibition explores why some drugs remain socially acceptable, while others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics.

These classifications have shifted at different times in history because of social and historical factors, and will continue to change. The exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs––alcohol, tobacco, opium, cocaine, and marijuana––from medical miracle to social menace.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144,

Heather Hartman: Interior at Tennessee Wesleyan

  • March 22, 2018 — July 31, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

GALLERY HOURS Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM in THE MURIEL S. MAYFIELD GALLERY IN REECE HALL TN Wesleyan Campus, 216 North Jackson Street

Heather Hartman is not a native Tennesseean, but when her family moved to Tennessee, she was deeply impacted by the atmosphere, weather, and constantly changing skies in her new home. Hartman lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee where she is a member of the Vacuum Shop Studios Artist Collaborative. Hartman is an Adjunct Instructor of Art at Carson-Newman University and Walters State Community College.Her work has been featured in various solo and group shows throughout the country, as well as several publications.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist-of-the-Year

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

Closing Reception: April 25, 5:30-7pm

In the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

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