Calendar of Events

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Mill and Mine: All Time Low

  • April 9, 2018

Category: Music

All Time Low with Gnash and the Dreamers on April 9 at The Mill and Mine.

Last Young Renegade is the explosive seventh record by Baltimore Pop-punks All Time Low. Hear it live, along with the rest of their stellar discography in Knoxville this spring!

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information: http://themillandmine.com

Knox County Public Library: Coffee, Donuts & a Movie: Victoria & Abdul

  • April 9, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Category: Film, Free event and History & heritage

Knox County Public Library, 500 W Church Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Join us for coffee, donuts and a movie : Victoria & Abdul. Late in life, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. (PG-13, 2017, 111 min.)

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Juhani Pallasmaa Lecture

  • April 9, 2018

Category: Free event and Lectures

Juhani Pallasmaa, a Finnish architect and author of the book, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, will present a lecture on April 9, hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Architecture and Design. The lecture will be held at Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on UT’s campus. It begins at 6 p.m., and doors open at 5 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by General Shale and is free and open to the public.

Pallasmaa’s lecture, “Twelve Themes in My Work,” will lead the audience through the influences in his diverse career and deliver personal insights about architecture, design and the built environment.

Free parking is available beginning at 5 p.m. in Lot S9 on Phillip Fulmer Way and in Neyland Parking Garage, G10.

Pallasmaa’s 50-year architecture career includes the Kamppi Centre in Helsinki with architects Helin & Co., Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, Ruoholahti residential area in Helsinki, the Institut Finlandais in Paris and more.

Pallasmaa has written extensively, becoming one of the most respected voices in the world of architecture. In 1996, he published The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, a polemic that has become a classic on the essential role that the body and senses play in architecture. The book continues to have a major impact on architectural thought and is one of the most popular required readings for architecture students around the world. In all, he has written more than two dozen books and hundreds of essays that have been translated into more than 30 languages.

A student of phenomenology, the use of philosophy to understand the experience of the built environment, Pallasmaa applies his craft to many areas of design from the scale of the hand to the city, from interiors, furniture and sculpture to urban districts. He is an accomplished graphic designer and curator of exhibits that have travelled the world.

As an educator, Pallasmaa served as professor of architecture and dean at the Helsinki University of Technology and headed the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. He has served as distinguished professor at universities in the United States and was scholar in residence at Taliesin, the estate of the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1983, he started his own architecture practice, Arkkitehtitoimisto.

Awards for his architecture include the Arnold W. Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his contributions to architecture as an art; the Fritz Schumacher Prize; the Schelling Architecture Theory Prize; and the Finnish State Architecture Award. In 1991, he was Finland’s representative at the Venice Biennale, and for five years, he served as a jury member for architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize.

The lecture is part of Architecture Week, April 6-14, an event of the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee Chapter in association with the AIA National Architecture Week. Architecture Week includes the Pallasmaa lecture, Modernism home tour, art salon, contests and Knox Bricks & Blocks, a Lego-build challenge for school-age children on April 14. For details, visit knoxbydesign.org.

For 44 years, the UT College of Architecture and Design has hosted leading architects and design professionals through its Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series and more recently the Governor’s Chair Lecture Series and General Shale Lectures to enrich the education of its students and elevate the profession in the community. In 2017-2018, more than a dozen professionals from around the world will lecture at the college. For details, visit archdesign.utk.edu/events/lectures.

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CONTACT:
Amanda F. Johnson (865-974-6401, amandajohnson@utk.edu)
Karen Dunlap (865-974-8674, kdunlap6@utk.edu)

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.

Knoxville By Design

  • April 6, 2018 — April 14, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Lectures

Friday, April 06, 5:30pm-8:30pm - FIRST FRIDAY ART SALON
The Fixture Co. Building, 304 W. Jackson Ave.
In partnership with IIDA Join us for the First Friday pop-up gallery celebrating the vast range of original works of art created by architects and related professionals in East Tennessee. Don’t miss out on this one-night only event. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, April 07 10am – 4PM - MODERNISM HOME TOUR
Check-in opens 9:00am and will close at 12:30pm at Mid Mod Collective; $25 per person, children 15 and under are free.
Sponsored by Mid Mod Collective In Partnership with the Knoxville Symphony League
Join us for the 2018 Modernism Home Tour. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to peak inside eight of Knoxville’s modern gems including an award-winning minimalist glass house on the bluff overlooking Sequoyah Hills and a recently-renovated 1903 downtown residence. This year’s tour includes the four luxury residences decorated by local designers in the brand new TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences which are a part of the Symphony Designer ShowHouse 2018.

Monday, April 9 6PM - UT LECTURE: JUHANI PALLASMA
@ Cox Auditorium / Alumni Memorial Building - free
Hosted by The University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design
Juhani Pallassmaa is a Finnish architect, educator and critic. Awards for his architecture include the Arnold W. Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his contributions to architecture as an art, the Fritz Schumacher Prize, and the Finnish State Architecture Award. In 1991, he was Finland’s representative at the Venice Biennale. The scope of his creative work extends from the scale of the hand to the city, from interiors, furniture, and sculpture, to urban districts. He is also an accomplished graphic designer and curator, whose exhibits have traveled the world. Over the course of his career he has written extensively, becoming one of the most respected voices in the world of architecture. His influence includes serving, from 2009-14, as a jury member for the Pritzker Prize. He is the author of numerous essays and books, including the Eyes of the Skin, his classic polemic on the essential role that the body and senses play in architecture. First published in 1996, it continues have a major impact on architectural thought in the 21st century.

Tuesday, April 10 6:30PM-7:30PM - THE SYMPOSIUM
@ Scruffy City Hall
SIX PROJECTS AND THEIR REASONS FOR BEING (told with images in seven minutes each) - This year the Design Symposium explores the style, influences and decisions that gave shape to six architectural projects in Knoxville (or thereabouts):
Jennifer Akerman on Beardsley Community Farm
Mark Heinz on the Daylight Building
Dawn Michelle Foster on Suttree Landing Park
Avigail Sachs on Norris Dam
Doug McCarty on the UT Art and Architecture Building
Kelly Headden on the UT Natalie L. Haslam School of Music

Thursday, April 12 5:30PM-7:30PM - DESIGN SLAM
@ The Square Room In Partnership with the East Tennessee Community Design Center
Design SLAM! Knoxville is a live fast-paced architectural competition of design prowess and presentation. DSKv5 will pit teams from Knoxville’s architecture firms against one another to solve a Knoxville design challenge. Teams will be given 1.5 hours to come up with and present their solution to the audience and a panel of guest judges for both juried and a people’s choice favorites. Come, grab a beer, and root for your favorite team.

Saturday, April 14 2pm-4pm - KNOX BRICKS & BLOCKS
@ UT Conference Center In Partnership with Beyond a Brick
Welcome to the 1982 World’s Fair Tower Design Competition! We invite students and families to join us for a fun LEGO build competition. Teams will be challenged to brainstorm, design, and collaborate to construct a tower that reimagines Knoxville’s landmark tower. Teams composed of students and local Architects will compete head-to-head for the grand prize and various “best of” prizes. This Lego build event is for ages 4th grade through 12th grades. $5 Entry Fee per builder.

Saturday, April 14 5:30pm - DESIGN AWARDS GALA
@ Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum
A red carpet event in celebration of design excellence, individual achievements, and fellowship. All are welcome. Stick around for the after party featuring ELENOWEN.

Information/tickets: https://www.knoxbydesign.org/

The Art of Recycling Exhibition

  • April 5, 2018 — April 22, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Sculptures created by nine University of Tennessee art students that incorporate materials provided by steel recycler Gerdau will be on display April 5-22 at the Knoxville Convention Center on its Clinch Concourse. “The Art of Recycling” sculpture exhibition celebrates April’s National Recycling Month and is a partnership among Gerdau, Dogwood Arts and the University of Tennessee Sculpture Program. The artworks will be unveiled in a public ceremony Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m.

In January, Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill opened its scrapyard to the students, along with John Powers, UT associate professor of sculpture and time-based art. The students selected 3,540 pounds of discarded metal and steel, provided free of charge by Gerdau, and gained inspiration for new works of art. “Every day, Gerdau creates new steel from discarded scrap metal, preparing it for use in our cities’ infrastructures and keeping it from landfills,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s steel mill in Knoxville. “This art project provides an excellent opportunity to support these student sculptors, celebrate National Recycling Month and educate the public about how ‘green’ steel manufacturing really is.”

This marks the fourth year the partnership has culminated in a public art exhibition, and the Knoxville Convention Center remains an enthusiastic supporter of the project. Gerdau has partnered with Dogwood Arts for the past eight years and appreciates the opportunity to provide the students with both raw materials and artistic inspiration. Participating UT students include Reid Arowood, Mary Badillo, Amanda Beasley, Thomas Colabella, Zachary Edwards, Shannon Frisco, Troy Houk, Michaela Leib and Dylan Tan.

Questions: 865-544-0088 ext. 109 or http://www.moxleycarmichael.com

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