Calendar of Events

Monday, July 27, 2020

Knoxville Museum of Art: Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Mary Campbell

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

A virtual lecture with UT Associate Professor of American Art History Mary Campbell

An exploration of the works related to Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks in the exhibition Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door. Professor Campbell entertains the idea of Parks as a type of self-portrait of Delaney and a way for him to express his inner thoughts.

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

Tomato Head: Cityscapes and Organics - Photography by Terri Swaggerty

  • July 6, 2020 — September 7, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

On exhibition Downtown from July 6-August 2 and at the West location from August 4-September 7

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: July Workshops & events

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

Sat Jul 4, 10-12: Flag Dedication
Tue Jul 7, 10-12: Smorgasbord of Art: Mixed Media with Susan Smathers, $20
Tue, Thu, Fri Jul 7, 9 & 10, 1-4: Beginning Drawing with John Anderson, $105
Thu Jul 9, 16, & 23, 9-12: Christmas in July Tole Painting with Cindy Howson, $105
Fri Jul 10, 10-12: Basic ARTiE Training (short for ART in Electronics), free
Tue Jul 14, 10-12: Paint Along with Sam Hill (watercolor demo class), $25
Wed Jul 15, 12-2: Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session, free
Thu Jul 16, 1-4: Fundamentals of Making Chain Mail Jewelry, with George Gallant, $75
Fri Jul 17, 1-4: Watercolor for Beginners with Vera Bogle, $35
Tue Jul 21, 9-12: Acrylic Bloom Pour, with Cindy Howson, $35
Wed Jul 22, 12-2: Life Drawing is Back! with Dena Whitener, $5
Thu Jul 23, 1-4: Let’s Get Started with Alcohol Inks, with Pam Woodhouse, $35
Fri Jul 24, 1-4: Florals in Acrylics with Jo Anne Hickey, $35
Tue Jul 28, 1-3: Creating a Handmade Journal with Barb Pelak, $25
Fri Jul 31, 5-7: Paint and Wine with Barb Pelak, $25

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Honeybee South: "Agri Chromatic" Exhibition by Jessica Borchert

  • July 3, 2020 — July 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Agri Chromatic, an expressive art exhibition by Local Artist Jessica Borchert, explores East TN with a sense of Southern "Pride" through an exhibition at Honeybee South. Borchert has exhibited her art in North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and is delighted to open this show in East Tennessee where she grew up.

Come to the opening for First Friday, July 3rd from 4-7 pm. Agri Chromatic will be up for the rest of the month of July at Honeybee South, 700 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

The Emporium Center: Knoxville Photo 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is please to present the eighth annual Knoxville Photo juried exhibition featuring selected works from 32 artists throughout the region. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more and will display in the main gallery of the Emporium Center from July 3-31, 2020.

The following artists’ works will be shown:
+ Tonya Wade Wunder of Arden, NC
+ Jared Kreiss of Bristol, TN
+ David Boruff, David Denton, Jurgen Dopatka, Laurie Drake, Katharine Emlen, Elena Ganusova, Chuck Jones, Nicki Klein, Andreas Koschan, Alyssa Nealon, Tom Owens, Chris Rohwer, Crystal Stinson, and Jeff Wischkaemper of Knoxville, TN
+ David Hardin of Loudon, TN
+ Debra Lovvorn Belvin and Yvonne Dalschen of Oak Ridge, TN
+ Marlon Davey of Rutledge, TN
+ Hayley Spear of Charlottesville, VA

Rocky Kenworthy served as juror for the exhibition and viewed 364 images to select the exhibition. Kenworthy has worked in the photography industry for more than 35 years. Arriving in New York City in the late 80’s, he spent ten years working and collaborating with photographers, photo editors, design firms and advertising agencies in various capacities as assistant, production coordinator, photographer, and retoucher. He established Dot Editions in 2005, one of the strongest boutique fine art printing studios on the East Coast. In 2013, Kenworthy established a presence for Dot Editions in Asheville, NC where he continues his passion for developing a collaborative style print studio for local, regional, and international artists alike. In 2019 Rocky launched The Gallery @ Dot Editions as an experiment in the discovery, preservation, and collection of bodies of photographic work that offer a unique lens into the world at a given place in time.

Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced on July 3. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. For more information, please visit

The exhibitions are 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 on Monday, July 6, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit

Awaken Coffee: Exhibition by Don Grogan

  • July 3, 2020 — July 31, 2020

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

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Don Grogan on Friday, July 3 from 6-8 pm. Don’s art is made from reclaimed wood. A piece may contain wood from an old barn, old pallet, or throw away construction materials.

“My goal is to create work that is pleasing to the eye while using materials that typically would be thrown away or burned. Each piece I create is unique. I encourage people to view my pieces closely, touch them, and experience the texture and the character of the wood.”

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. (865) 951-0427 or

Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy online**

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids & family

Summer Art Academy 2020 is moving online! Due to restrictions on group activities related to COVID-19, the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Academy will take place online only this year. No classes will be held at the museum. A full menu of fun and educational art activities will be available soon on the KMA’s YouTube Channel at, or check for updates. Online art activities will be available for no charge.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

Jubilee Community Arts: Laurel Theater videos & radio

Category: Classes & workshops, Film, History & heritage and Music

While all public activities at the Laurel have been canceled until further notice including dances, concerts and church services, please enjoy videos on their YouTube channel which include concerts, dance lessons, and more!

The historic Laurel Theater is a regional, community cultural center dedicated to preserving and presenting the traditional arts of the Southern Appalachians. The Laurel Theater is owned and operated by Jubilee Community Arts.

Tune in to 91.9 FM WUOT on Saturdays at 9 PM for "Mountain Jubilee" and 89.9 FM WDVX on Sundays from 5-11 PM for "Sunday Jubilee"!

Arts & Culture Alliance: Arts in the Airport Spring 2020

  • June 10, 2020 — October 1, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Enjoy the 44 works by regional artists, as juried by Jim Scarsella.

The current exhibition (juried by Jim Scarsella) will be on display from June 10 - October (end date TBA) 2020. View and purchase artworks at Thank you for your support of our local artists!

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) present a semi-annual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint for six months at a time. Approximately 35-40 works comprise each exhibition. Work is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport.

Tomato Head: Mineralscapes and Natural Patterns: Art Photography by David G. Liles

  • June 8, 2020 — August 7, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

"I create art through photographic imagery. Inspiration comes from the natural world, specifically colors and patterns. Much of my work starts out as pictures of rocks, minerals, and fossils. I seek a different viewpoint, and many of the images are abstractions, and open to viewer interpretation".

On exhibition Downtown from June 8 to July 7 and at the West location from July 8 to August 7.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

The Emporium Center: Arts & Culture Alliance Summer Members Show

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is proud to present a special Summer Members Show featuring new works by local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at Most of the works in the 2020 Members Show are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

A reception is tentatively scheduled for First Friday, July 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 100 people at a time. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and other recommendations given by the Knox County Health Department, the City of Knoxville, and Knox County.

Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some of the members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some Alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The Emporium Center, The Vacuum Shop, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Studio 2515, Broadway Studios & Gallery, and Knoxville Community Darkroom.

The Summer Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from June 5 – July 31, 2020. Gallery hours are currently Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed July 6 for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit

UT Gardens, Knoxville: Dazzling Dogwoods: A Garden Art Exhibit

  • June 1, 2020 — September 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

The silhouettes created for the 2020 summer “Dazzling Dogwoods: A Garden Art Exhibit,” are on display at the UT Gardens, Knoxville. All the pieces will be available for purchase at an auction that will be held in the fall. The auction will be the last phase of an art project designed to promote community participation and artist collaboration as well awareness and support for the UT Gardens.

37 local amateur and professional artists creatively interpreted this year’s dogwood theme by painting or embellishing large-scale plywood dogwood silhouettes in two sizes. Artists had the option to create either a large or small form or a pair. The works have been installed throughout the UT Gardens and will be on display throughout the summer. In the fall, these beautiful, one-of-a-kind dogwood silhouettes will be sold to the public at auction.

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