Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Young Professionals of Knoxville: The Impact Awards

  • November 12, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

The Impact Awards will look a bit different in 2020! This year, YPK will host a condensed version of the Impact Awards virtually on Thursday, November 12, 6:00-7:30pm.

We invite you to dress up in your best couch cocktail outfit (or not, you do you) for a celebration of all we’ve accomplished in this odd year, hear wise words from our Impact Award winner, and congratulate our award recipients. We’ve got a fun and engaging evening planned, so be sure to join us for our last GMM of the year!

We will recognize two Outstanding Young Professionals, YPK Member of the Year, and our Leadership Certificate graduates. Our Impact Award Winner will be our keynote speaker. The Impact Awards serves as our fourth and final General Membership Meeting of 2020, and members will vote on the proposed 2021 Board of Directors slate.

This virtual event is free and open to members and nonmembers!!event-register/2020/10/12/ypk-virtual-impact-awards-november-gmm

The Tallest Man on Earth presents: The Little Red Barn Show

  • November 12, 2020

Category: Film and Music

The Tallest Man on Earth presents: The Little Red Barn Show concert documentary and live Q&A on November 12th at 8:00pm CT.

As Sweden relaxed social gathering restrictions throughout the summer of 2020, artists of all types began to explore what was possible in their chosen mediums. A close friend of Kristian had a vision: to turn her farm into a music venue using her barn as a home to the stage.

The Little Red Barn Show documents a group of friends coming together to make a concert happen amidst a global pandemic, on a farm, in a barn, in the middle of nowhere. Director Rolf Nylinder shares his perspective while he watches incredibly talented people work together to make something small, and simple, and ultimately utterly magical.

Hosted by AC Entertainment:

UT: Annual Siddiqi Lecture - A Conversation about Islamic art with Shahzia Sikander

  • November 12, 2020
  • 5:30 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

Annual Siddiqi Lecture. "Visual cultures of Islam: A conversation with Shahzia Sikander"

In conversation with UT faculty, multimedia artist and MacArthur fellow Shahzia Sikander will discuss her engagement with the visual languages of Islam as well as her own artistic trajectory, from her classical training in Indo-Persian miniature painting to interdisciplinary practices that challenge conceptual, national, and artistic boundaries. The discussions and the art that accompanies them will focus on the religious as well as the artistic dimensions of her work.

Register in advance for this webinar
Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm

TOPIC: Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion, Visual & Performing Arts


Knoxville History Project & Blount Mansion: The Electoral College & Knoxville

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

Join Jack Neely and Constitutional Law professor and podcast host Stewart Harris for another joint presentation with the Knoxville History Project and Blount Mansion National Historic Landmark.

Professor Harris will explore the Electoral College: What, precisely, is it? Why does it exist? How does it function? And what could possibly go wrong? Jack Neely will offer some Knoxville history context.

Prof. Harris will address these remarkably timely (and yet very historical) issues from the Governor’s Office at Blount Mansion, the birthplace of Tennessee and Knox County's only National Historic Landmark. Blount Mansion is Knoxville's Constitution Connection--one of just a handful of US Constitution signers' homes open to the public. Harris is a professor at Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law and host of the podcast Your Weekly Constitutional, broadcast on WUOT-2 and online. He is also a Blount Mansion board member.

Nov 12, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Campus Events Board: Artist's Alley

  • November 12, 2020

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

The Arts and Culture committee of the Campus Events Board will be hosting the 2nd Annual Artist's Alley. This event gives student artists the oppurtunity to showcase their art to students, faculty, and staff. Student artists are also able to sell their art.

If you are interested in showcasing your art please reach out to

The location of the event is subject to change.

Thursday, November 12 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Student Union
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Clarence Brown Theatre: Auction & 50th Birthday Bash

Category: Festivals, special events

This virtual event is free and open to the public!
Sunday, November 15 at 6:30pm
Virtual event thru Lunchpool (RSVP required to receive event link)

Dude, can you believe we’re just one month away from partying like it’s 1970? Don’t miss out and RSVP now to join us on Sunday, November 15 as we celebrate the 50th birthday of the Clarence Brown Theatre building. An hour of catching up with old friends, making new ones, and seeing what the CBT has been up to these past 50 years as we look ahead to the next 50 years. Dy-no-mite!

If you RSVP, you will automatically be signed up for the online auction when it opens on Monday, November 9 on Handbid. All donations will go to support the CBT Artists Endowment, a fund that brings in guest artists like Actor Dale Dickey (Sweeney Todd, A Streetcar Named Desire) or Scenic Designer Ron Keller (Amadeus, The Crucible, Blithe Spirit, and more).

Big Ears presents Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Running November 6 thru December 11, ‘Sites & Sounds from Big Ears’ hosts the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival, a 15-act series highlighting many of the most compelling artists from that nation’s fertile musical scene.

Big Ears is teaming up with Musikkprofil Booking & Management, Oslo’s Sentralen performing arts center, and Hes & Falck to present the series which launches on Friday, November 6 and spans five weeks of programming. Big Ears is the exclusive North American presenter of the festival — the only place in the US, Canada, and Mexico where you can stream the series.

Norway has been home to a rich jazz landscape for decades, an ecosystem that has been documented notably over the years by ECM Records. The festival offers a multi-faceted portrait of the country’s unique jazz scene, over seven double-bill concerts, featuring artists including pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, saxophonist Tryvge Seim, guitarist Eiven Aarset, and trumpeters Mathias Eick and Nils Petter Molvær, plus an evening with pianist Tord Gustavsen — as well as many other essential Norwegian jazz artists. Each performance has been elegantly filmed on-site at the Sentralen in Oslo, Norway.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: People’s Choice Art Show

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

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s annual People’s Choice Art Show. This event will take place on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the Plateau Creative Art Center, 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade. All in attendance can view over 80 show entries and cast their ballots for their favorite artwork. If unable to attend the reception, the public can come during regular hours between November 6 through the 25 to vote. Atlas Real Estate of Crossville, Tennessee is sponsoring this event. Cash prizes will be awarded to First through Fifth Place winners at the Awards Ceremony on December 4, 2020.

A unique feature of this year’s art show is that all award ribbons were handmade by a small group of the Art Guild’s talented artists. Each ribbon will be a treasured small piece of art for the winning artists.

An assortment of beverages will be served at this free reception event, weather permitting. Stonehaus Winery is providing a selection of fine wines. The Art Show will feature all genres of art. Please visit the PCAC to see all of this fabulous artwork from November 6th through December 4th. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window

  • November 6, 2020 — November 30, 2020

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

Ongoing beginning First Friday Nov 6th.

"Art Thru The Window" Broadway Studios and Gallery. Featuring our 6 new resident artists!

Vincent Drake
Jes Distad
Laura Gasparrini
Larry Blount
Melinda Adams
William Holbert

24/7 viewing safely through the glass! Purchase info will be listed on the window.
1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN 37917

Art Market Gallery: Elaine Fronczek & Terri Swaggerty

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

November Featured Artists

Terri Swaggerty, Painting
For me the process of creating Art is the place where soul meets body. I look for and discover Art every single day; in manmade structures, the natural world and even while looking down while crossing a street or parking lot. I especially like to document the many and varied details of Knoxville, my hometown. What I see and experience constantly sparks a creative response in me. I use my experience as a pro photographer and pro retouch artist to transform the literal image into a work of Art.

Elaine Fronczek
I come from a family that has made beautiful and functional objects with their hands. My mother baked, my grandmother sewed and crocheted, my father and aunt were multitalented. At an early age I could usually be found in my grandmother’s sewing room creating my first designs. Fiber fascinated me and drew me in. It was an avocation for over 50 years. In 2008 I attended a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where I learned to wet felt. Here I realized that wool, silk and other natural fibers could be manipulated into both 2 and 3 dimensional creations in the shape and color of my choosing. Thus I began my current pursuit in the world of fiber. I am inspired by the colors of nature and the simplicity and functionality of pieces created by contemporary artists and designers. Using natural renewable materials and repurposed items allows me to create simple pieces that bring beauty and comfort to the eye.

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265,,

UT Downtown Gallery: Shiny by David Wilson

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Join us for First Friday reception from 5-8pm on Friday November 6. Ten visitors at a time will be permitted in the UT Downtown Gallery. Please bring a mask to wear. We look forward to seeing you!

Shiny, an upcoming exhibition by Professor Emeritus David Wilson at the UT Downtown Gallery, will feature 49 drawings of imitation silver leaf on translucent vellum.

Wilson began his academic career at the UT School of Art in 1985. He uses non-traditional materials and approaches, including process and chance, in his large temporary artworks and drawings. The drawings in Shiny rely on reflected light to reveal the image.

“This exhibition is an opportunity to realize images that have been in my head for a long time and to do so using a process that makes them new.”

All the drawings in Shiny are available for purchase, and proceeds benefit the UT School of Art David C. Wilson Community Outreach Endowment that supports local community engagement projects and initiatives by students and faculty. The endowment was established in honor of Wilson’s service to the School of Art by his long-time friends and School of Art development council members Sarah and Oliver Smith.

The exhibition runs through Wednesday, November 25. The UT Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 6pm and Saturdays 10am - 3pm.

Maryville College: Virtual tour of "Women's Work" Exhibition

  • November 6, 2020 — November 25, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

Women's Work: Sew What's New!

Marcia Goldenstein and Virginia Derryberry talk about the origin and future of the "Women's Work" exhibit at Maryville College as the College galleries are temporarily closed to the public.

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