Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Arts in the Airport

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

For the past twelve years, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) have partnered to present a biannual 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 will be displayed through October 2021. View works at

Exhibiting artists include: Gabrielle Barnhart, Lynda Best, Meredith Boatman, Orel Brodt, Jan Burleson, Nancy S. Campbell, Tina Curry, Barbara Enloe, Casey Field, Brian Horais, David Johnson, Judy Kelley Jorden, Anne Kinggard, Judy Lavoie, Peggy Kretchmar Leland, Ilana Lilienthal, Bill Long, Ling Lu, Siobhan McAuley, Steven McQuilkin, Brian Melton, Amalia Fotini Mermingas, Allen Monsarrat, Chico Osten, Amber Patty, Carrie Pendergrass, Mera Ragsdale, Ted Richards, Adam Rowe, Mary Ruden, Pamela Salyer, Gayla D. Seale, Renee C. Suich, W. James Taylor, Marilyn Avery Turner, Gena Tussey, Rick Whitehead, Carl Whitten, Marcy Wielfaert, Anne Wilkerson, and Marianne Woodside.

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

• April 20, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film. $60, 3 participants.
• April 21, 2-4 PM: Learning Series - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. $60, 3 participants.
• April 22, 6-8 PM: Earth Day Cyanotype Prints - Learn one of the original photographic processes! Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing processes invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one of a kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun. $40, 5 participants. Register by April 19.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 126 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Bijou Theatre: BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Category: Film and Science, nature

2 NIGHTS! | APRIL 20 & 21, 2021 | 7PM

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival returns to the Bijou for two nights of unique programming celebrating amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide on April 20 and 21! A limited amount of tickets are available for each night featuring carefully selected, award-winning films and audience favorites from around the world.

UT Lecture: Ancient Maya Economies: The Role of Small-Scale Craft Producer

  • April 20, 2021

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

Archaeology lecture: R. Horowitz, "Ancient Maya Economies: The Role of Small-Scale Craft Producers"
Dr. Rachel A. Horowitz, Appalachian State University, will present this illustrated lecture online. This lecture is organized by the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and The McClung Museum.

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Knox County Public Library: Know It Knox: Abounding Blooms

  • April 20, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Online Event
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7 PM

Spring in East Tennessee is a sight to behold. Join us to celebrate our many gardens and parks, and the festivals that honor them! Our April Know It Knox Trivia Game is dedicated to the abounding blooms of our area. This month's guest co-host will be James Newburn, Interim Director of the UT Gardens.

Come to play, come to watch, come prepared to have fun as you learn!
Register at:

On the day of the event, you'll receive a Zoom link containing our trivia Meeting ID and Password. You'll use those credentials to log in just before the game starts, between 6:45 and 7:00 PM. Not a technophile? No problem! After logging on to Zoom, we'll show you how to access the game on your phone, tablet, or computer. Got questions? Email us at

Ewing Gallery: Studio Art Senior Capstone Exhibition

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

The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture presents Objects at Rest, the 2021 capstone exhibition of senior studio art majors.

The exhibition features work by Hannah Allen, Koda Bowers, Jacob Dunn, Lauren Farkas, Taylor Johnson, Jidal Alaina Lockhart, Connor Morss, Maddie Nickell, Gabrielle Andrew Safi, Steven Sampson, Emily Schweitzer, Rebecca Stroble, Victoria Wallace, and Matt Worsham.

Tuesday, April 20 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Art and Architecture Building, Ewing Gallery
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge: A Tribute to Alvin Weinberg

  • April 20, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

Tuesday, April 20
7 - 8 pm
On Zoom @

In 1986, Dr. Alvin Weinberg, a nuclear science luminary and long-time director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, donated his personal papers to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Join us on April 20, Dr. Weinberg’s birth anniversary, to honor his legacy and celebrate the preservation and digitization of his papers. Hear from people who knew and worked with Dr. Weinberg and learn more about his legacy.

The new Weinberg Digital Archive allows users to access and search the museum’s collection of his personal papers anytime, anywhere. This is a valuable resource for people interested in Manhattan Project history, nuclear physics, and many other topics.

Explore the digital archive at

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
461 W Outer Drive Oak Ridge TN 37830,

Ashe Lecture Series Presents: Diplomacy Between Central Europe and the U.S

  • April 20, 2021

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

The Center will host a virtual panel discussion with the four ambassadors representing the Visegrad Group, or V4, moderated by Global Security Program Director Dr. Krista Wiegand. The discussion will center around the diplomatic relationships between the V4 countries and the United States.

The Visegrad Group is made up of the Central European countries Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, and represented by Ambassadors Dr. Hynek Kmonicek, Szabolcs Takács, Piotr Wilcz, and Radovan Javorčík.

The event will be the return of the Center’s Ashe Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by former Knoxville mayor and U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Victor Ashe, the first Ashe lecture since the pandemic halted in-person events last March. For the series, ambassadors and mayors are invited to speak on a variety of public matters, including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs, and local government. The series also is part of the Center's Leadership & Governance Program.

This virtual panel will be held over Zoom, and is free and open to the public. It will take place on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. Register for free.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location 2021, a Plein-Air Painting Event

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event and Fundraisers

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location 2021 – an art show and sale at the Knoxville Museum of Art the evening of Saturday, April 24 from 5:30-9pm. Reservations will be required, check for details. Artists on Location 2021 promotes the museum’s connection to the local and regional art community and provides both new and seasoned collectors a rare opportunity to buy original paintings of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

From Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23, talented artists selected through a careful, juried process will be painting outdoors in and around the Knoxville area. The public is invited to watch AOL’s artists in action as they capture on canvas a wide variety of subject matter, from urban street scenes to pastoral garden settings. The artists’ specific locations will be published on the KMA website, prior to the event and will be followed on the KMA Guild’s Instagram page @artistsonlocation.

This annual art show and sale will be held Saturday, April 24 and COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect. Proceeds of the sale will benefit both participating artists and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Painting in open air or plein-air became popular in the mid-19th century with artists of the French Impressionist movement seeking to paint light and its ephemeral qualities. The practice of painting on location increased in popularity with the development of transportable paint tubes and box easels.

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

Ijams Hallway Gallery Presents: Lori Paul

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Lori Paul is an East Tennessee mixed media artist who works with found and recycled items, mostly stones and bits of nature to make her wonderful, whimsical creations. See her work in the Ijams Hallway Gallery in April!

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Zoo Knoxville: Clayton Family Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus OPEN

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

We’ve opened our new Clayton Family Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus.

We Dare You to Enter! The new, state-of-the-art Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is ready for you! Come explore 12,000 square feet of rare, venomous, beautiful and mysterious snakes, tortoises, frogs, and Cuban crocs. You might see Joe the sloth overhead, too!

The ARC is our commitment to animal conservation, where we will protect 85 species—38 of which are endangered. We can’t wait for you to experience this and help our mission of saving animals from extinction.


Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Knoxville Museum: Fully Awake - Black Mountain College Documentary

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Film, Free event and History, heritage

Exclusive online viewing as an enrichment to the exhibition currently at KMA. View the history, influence, and lasting imprint of the artists, students, and faculty of Black Mountain College. 60-min documentary provided through Vimeo and accessed on any computer, smartphone, or internet-capable device.

1 of 5