Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable Meeting

  • May 14, 2019

Category: History & heritage and Lectures

May 14--William J. Cooper Jr., Historian & Author, “Jefferson Davis”

**Buffet at 6:30 PM**Speaker at 7:30 PM**
Dinner & Program- $17.00 Members, $20.00 Non-members
Program Only - $5.00 Members, $8.00 Non-members

At Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike.

ETHS Annual Meeting with Wanda Sobieski

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Lectures

"Showdown in Knoxville—November 27, 1917" will be the topic of Wanda Sobieski’s address at the annual dinner of the East Tennessee Historical Society at the Foundry on World’s Fair Park. Both members and the general public are invited to attend. The event begins with a cash bar reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner, lecture, and awards presentations which begin at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include both the lecture and dinner.

Who would have dreamed that Tennessee would become a focal point in the long struggle for a woman’s right to vote? Wanda Sobieski will discuss the role of Tennessee, and especially East Tennessee, in the long struggle for woman suffrage. Sobieski will recount a series of events in Knoxville, November 20, 1917, leading to high emotions that eventually erupted into armed conflict at the old Knox County Courthouse. These events helped fuel the hope that Tennessee could turn the tide of southern resistance. And despite the fierce opposition in the South, Tennessee eventually delivered the final, crucial vote for woman suffrage.

An attorney with Sobieski, Messer & Elledge, Wanda Sobieski is president of the Tennessee Suffrage Coalition, and led the successful efforts to remember the suffrage leaders with statues on the corner of Market & Clinch and Market & Union in downtown Knoxville.
The occasion will also feature the presentation of Awards of Excellence to organizations and individuals for special projects to preserve and promote the region’s history, these include the Teaching Excellence Award, History in the Media, Community History Award, Award of Distinction, and the Ramsey Award for Lifetime Achievement. Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged to be one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education.

The event is open to the public. Reservations are required and are requested by May 9. To make reservations or for additional information call 865-215-8883 or visit our website at

Knoxville Museum of Art: Cocktails & Conversation with UT faculty


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures

Join us for Cocktails & Conversation with Emily Bivens, John Kelley, and David Wilson discussing time-based art. FREE and open to the public!

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

United Way’s Young Leaders' Society: Sixth Annual Great Conversation

  • May 14, 2019
  • 5:30PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

t's that time of year, folks! We're so excited to announce that our Sixth Annual Great Conversation will be held Tuesday, May 14th, 5:30 pm at The Press Room, 730 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Join the United Way’s Young Leaders' Society for our favorite event to share dinner, drinks, and great conversation with some of Knoxville's most influential leaders.

Tickets at;

Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour at MAST General

  • May 14, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Science & nature

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mast General Store, 402 S Gay St SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! The renowned outdoor adventure road show, the Get Out More Tour is coming to your area!

BACKPACKER Magazine, the authority on outdoor adventure, is proud to present the 19th annual Get Out More Tour! BACKPACKER Magazine’s ambassador, Randy Propster, is an expert in the outdoor industry. He spends over 200 days out of the year on the road, pursuing his passions---hiking, backpacking, camping, and outdoor adventure of all kinds!

Randy and the Get Out More Tour will visit MAST General on 5/14/19 at 6:30PM. Randy’s expertise, knowledge, and tips + tricks inspire experienced and novice outdoor enthusiasts across the country to get out more. Plus, each event will include a killer outdoor gear giveaway!

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum: BioBlitz in the Gardens

  • May 13, 2019 — May 17, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Science & nature

Hosted by Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum and Discover Life in America
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914

Do you love plants? Birds? Bees? Butterflies? Living things in general? We need your help! We are celebrating National Public Gardens Week by partnering with Discover Life in America to host an exciting BioBlitz. You are invited to join us in a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within the grounds of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum as possible using the iNaturalist smartphone application.

BioBlitz Schedule
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, May 13: Discover Life in America is kicking off the first day of the BioBlitz. DLIA will bring nets, jars, magnifying glasses, and help you identify your observations using the iNaturalist app
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 - Friday, May 17: Check in with Garden staff and volunteers in our Visitors Center for tools, resources, and help identifying your observations using the iNaturalist app

You don't need to wait for the BioBlitz in the Gardens to start making observations. Download the iNaturalist app and visit us any time to help us catalogue the diversity of life across the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Questions? Email for more information.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2019 Instructor Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Arrowmont's workshop instructors are nationally recognized artists and university faculty. With over 150 classes being offered in a variety of media, instructors and students come to Arrowmont from across the globe to share skills and ideas, foster new thinking, artistic growth and creative camaraderie.

To honor our instructors and showcase their talent, Arrowmont presents an annual group exhibition. Their work is a true expression of Arrowmont's vision and mission - to enrich lives through art. We are privileged to celebrate our instructors and their work.

Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Design by Time

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents this groundbreaking design exhibition which brings together works from the U.S. and abroad that express the notion of the dynamic passage of time in textiles, carpets, ceramics, lighting fixtures, vessels, clocks, and furniture.

The twenty-two studios and designers represented in the exhibition all incorporate markers of time’s passage: seasons and growth cycles, the orbiting sun, chemistry, and physical forces (magnetism, crystallization, and tides). Where the shape and form of most designed objects is intended to communicate their physical presence, the creation of objects that express the dynamic passage of time offers a counterpoint, a visual expression of life itself.

Design by Time is organized by the Department of Exhibitions, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and is curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Painting and Woodturning by Nelson Ziegler

  • May 9, 2019 — June 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 Painting and Woodturning by Nelson Ziegler will be featured in the Westminster Presbyterian Church gallery.

Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor. He was chosen The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage artist in 2016. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, The Oil Painters of America and the American Association of Woodturners.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
6500 Northshore Drive
Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4PM
Friday, 9AM-Noon

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Plant Sale

Category: Free event and Science & nature

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center will hold its annual Plant Sale starting Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and running for about 2 weeks.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: In Her Domain: Helen Geglio & Angela Wells

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


In Her Domain is an exhibition featuring work by Helen Geglio and Angela Caldwell. Both artists seek to honor and represent the work women do. The two artists first met as a result of being paired for this show by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow - and have forged a lasting friendship as a result.

Read Kelsey Dillow's interview and learn more about how this connection has influenced the exhibit and their future work on Arrowmont's blog:

GEOFFREY A. WOLPERT GALLERY, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ewing Gallery: 2019 Honors Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 3-5pm

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture

Summer Hours: Open: Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 5pm

Exhibiting students from the School of Art
Mary Badillo
Parker Jenkins
Kelly Moore
Elisa Razak
Lauren Bergner
Tatiana Tikhonova

Exhibiting students from the College of Architecture and Design
M. Pruett Smith
Kyra Wu
Subu Bhandari
Maggie House
Fernando Turpin
Briana Willis
Halie Kennedy
Cameron Davis

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

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