Calendar of Events

Monday, March 29, 2021

Tomato Head: Exhibitions by Jessica Payne

  • March 29, 2021 — May 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Market Square Tomato Head from March 29-May 2
West Knoxville Tomato Head from May 4-May 31

www.JessicaPayneArt.com

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

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibition 2

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture is pleased to present the first group of three MFA Thesis Exhibitions. 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. These exhibitions take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the Ewing Gallery.

The Ewing Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.
The University of Tennessee and the Ewing Gallery will be closed Friday, April 2.
Exhibiting Students are:

Lauren Terry
Macaroni Titans

Nyasha Madamombe
NDEZVEDZINZA

Gina Stucchio
Parasite With a Proper Name

Conor McGrann
It’s Not Adding Up

The Ewing Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

UT Humanities Center: Visiting Distinguished Speakers - Andrew Curran

  • March 29, 2021

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

Andrew Curran
William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities
Wesleyan University

Monday, March 29, 2021
3:30 PM (ET)

Title: The Bordeaux Academy of Sciences and the Great Race Contest of 1741

In August of 1739, Bordeaux ’s Royal Academy of Sciences publicized an essay contest in Europe’s best-known scientific journal. The subject was a riddle that had long perplexed Europeans: what is the cause of the Sub-Saharan Africans’ peculiar hair texture and dark skin? While this query theoretically limited itself to discussion of African physical features, what really preoccupied the Academy were three hidden questions: the first was who is black? The second follows the first: and why? The third was an even bigger concern, namely, what did being black signify? Professor Curran will explain both the genesis of this contest and the range of theories proposed to the Academy in 1741.

In what sense do we have “self-knowledge?” At times, it may seem that we know ourselves as something like a character within a story. In such cases, we seem to see ourselves objectively, from the outside. Buddhist epistemologists, however, maintain that there is another form of “self-knowing” that is inherent to the very structure of experience itself. This “reflexivity” is innate and relates closely to our ability to be aware of the larger context and emotional framework that informs experience. This talk explores the notion of reflexivity in the works of Buddhist epistemologists such as Dharmakīrti and examines its relevance to understanding conscious experience.

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Funded through the UT Humanities Center for use by faculty in one of our nine affiliated arts and humanities departments, the Visiting Scholars project brings distinguished humanities scholars and renowned artists to the Knoxville campus and connects UT humanities faculty to the best researchers in their fields. Because only speakers with exception records of publication and research activity are eligible to receive a nomination as a visiting scholar, the program brings to campus some of the most cutting-edge and prolific intellectuals in the humanities today. We are converting our Visiting Lecture Series this year to an online format. Lectures will be on Mondays and in a webinar format. More information will be coming soon! Learn more: https://uthumanitiesctr.utk.edu/public/visiting.php

James Carpenter AGC Glass-College of Architecture and Design Lecture

  • March 29, 2021

Category: Free event

The College of Architecture and Design's 2020-2021 Lecture Series continues with a lecture by James Carpenter on March 29, 2021, 6:30 p.m. ET. The lecture is sponsored by AGC Glass and is free and open to the public.

Carpenter will lecture on “Light in the Public Realm.” This lecture will focus upon a 40-year trajectory of work that brings agency to the presence of light, allowing it to reveal the properties and presence of nature within our built environment.

James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of art, engineering and the built environment for 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision based on the use of natural light and glass as the foundational elements of the built environment. Carpenter founded the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979 to support the application of these aesthetic principles to large-scale building projects.

Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Monday, March 29 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
https://calendar.utk.edu/event/james_carpenter_agc_glass-college_of_architecture_and_design_lecture#.YFjOFa9Kjct

Oak Ridge Art Center: Metamorphosis IV: Recycle to Art

  • March 27, 2021 — May 8, 2021

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

This series has proven to push the artists of the region to revisit ideas, mix techniques, and mix and seek new materials in ways they never considered before.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

UT Gardens: Spring Plant Sale

  • March 26, 2021 — April 5, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

UT Gardens, Knoxville will be holding their upcoming Spring Plant Sale online again this year. Current Gardens members will get the opportunity to shop early on March 26, and will also receive their 10% on their purchase. If you aren't currently a member, you can join now in order to receive the preview sale link when we send it out. If you are a member affiliated with either Crossville or Jackson, please contact Beth at ewillis2@utk.edu and ask to be included in the member sale preview email.

The sale will be open to the public from March 29 through April 5, and we will hold a contact-free curbside pickup on April 9 and 10.

Member Pre-Sale - opens March 26
Public Sale - March 29-April 5
Pickup will be scheduled for - April 9 - 10
2518 Jacob Drive, Knoxville

https://ag.tennessee.edu/utg/Pages/default.aspx

WDVX: Live from Home with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Category: Music

Friday, March 26, 7pm

Join WDVX “Live From Home” featuring artists from their home settings, studio and more. This is a series of shows that support musicians and WDVX. Tickets for WDVX’s initial spring Live from Home show featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, March 26th at 7pm, are on sale now through our website: https://wdvx.com/watch/

Big Ears: Streaming Lonnie Holley's Knoxville Sessions

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

LONNIE HOLLEY FROM BIG EARS (PART 2)
From The Mill & Mine and Southern Railroad Depot
Streaming: March 26 thru April 1

Big Ears captured Lonnie Holley's Knoxville sessions for a series of streaming films. This new 70-minute show — the second coming out of those sessions — has Lonnie making music with an expert ensemble of collaborators outdoors at the Southern Railroad Depot and inside at The Mill & Mine.

Musicians who participated in these sessions, supporting Lonnie, include cellists Ben Sollee and Dave Eggar, guitarists Christopher Paul Stelling and Phil Faconti, drummer Jordon Ellis, and fiddler Evie Andrus.

Ticket Options:
$10 | Livestream Ticket
$25 | Meet & Greet + Livestream Ticket

https://bigearsfestival.org/lonnieholley-part2/

Asian Culture Center of TN: Persona non Grata film

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

Chiune Sugihara man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Join the Nashville Film Festival and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville for a free screening of Persona non Grata, a film celebrating the life of Chiune Sugihara. Before the screening, enjoy in-depth discussion from experts which provides historical and emotional context to the film. This screening will be available from March 25-3, and is available for anyone to screen for free on their home computer or smart device. Registration is required to access this free film screening.
https://watch.eventive.org/personanongrata/play/60493974ec9201129fb67973

www.knoxasianfestival.com

Fountain City Art Center: Open Photography Show

  • March 19, 2021 — April 21, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

March 19 – April 21, 2021
Featuring a variety of photography by local artists! Juried for awards by Clay Thurston.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787, www.fountaincityartcenter.com

UT Arboretum Society: Online Spring Plant Sale

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Spring is almost here and it will soon be time to plant your yard. If you want to buy plants to enhance your garden this spring, but want to avoid crowds, visit the UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Spring Plant Sale which will be held online with sales from March 19th to April 3rd with pick-up dates April 9th and 10th at the UT Arboretum. Our plant sales are some of our biggest fundraisers of the year and help support the Arboretum’s community education, trail improvements such as our Nature Book Trail, and children’s programs.

For two weeks, you can browse the selections of perennials, trees, and shrubs available from our vendors Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery and East Fork Nursery of Sevierville. The three vendors offer a wonderful selection of plants including unique conifers, both evergreen and native azaleas, hydrangeas, milkweed, beauty berry, and a wide variety of native pollinator plants to name just a few! Quantities are limited so we suggest early shopping! Beginning March 19th at 5:00 p.m., log on to https://utas-plant-sale.square.site/ to shop and make payment. Sales will end on April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. All payments must be made by credit card online in advance. No sales or payments on the pick-up days are possible.

Upon ordering, you will be provided a link to choose a pick-up time on either Friday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. You must schedule a pick-up time on these two days. Arboretum Society members will have your plant orders ready for pick-up. This is a no contact pick-up system. When you arrive at your scheduled time, you will come to designated pick up spots and your order will be brought to your car.

This is an amazing opportunity which allows the public to shop for an extended period of time without gathering in large groups on one day. People will also have access to a wonderful selection of plants from three outstanding nurseries all at one online site.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the plant sale, contact mcampani@utk.edu.

Oak Ridge Art Center: Spring Fundraiser

  • March 17, 2021 — April 30, 2021

Category: Fundraisers and Science, nature

Join Us for our Spring Fundraiser and Add Beauty to Your Home and Garden!

We know a number of you like to garden and we could not resist this new fundraiser. Flower Power is giving us 50% of your order price now through April 30th, if you order anything with them through our link http://ORAC.fpfundraising.com.

This comes just in time for the Spring planting season and the end of the last frost. Orders will begin shipping at the end of March so you will have them to work in as the season progresses. Orders ship safely and directly to your doorstep so you can garden without running to the store. Please check out the link and feel free to share it with your friends!

Once planted and blooming we would love to see photos of your beautiful landscape art too. This is a great opportunity to support your local non-profit Art Center without having to leave your home.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

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