Calendar of Events

Monday, September 6, 2021

Dogwood Arts: Epiphone Student Guitar Design Exhibition + Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Dogwood Arts partnered with the Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga to give 19 middle & high school students the chance to design and paint guitars provided by Epiphone. Join us next Friday, September 3rd from 5-8PM for the opening reception of the guitar exhibition. Local singer/songwriter Zack Miles will be joining us for live music during the event. The Dogwood Arts Gallery is located at 123 W Jackson Avenue in the Historic Old City. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

• Reception: Friday, September 3rd from 5-8PM (First Friday)
• Exhibition on Display: September 3 - 24
• Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

The guitars will be at Dogwood Arts for the month of September before moving to the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, where they will be on display October 1-29th. The online auction will be live September 3rd - October 31st with proceeds benefiting youth art + music programs hosted by Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Robert Cox exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Appalachian Arts Craft Center is hosting a First Friday Meet the Artist event on September 3, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM with light refreshments being served. The featured artist, Robert Cox from Oak Ridge, TN will be at the event along with a collection of his new artwork. Mr. Cox's artwork will be on display from September 3 - September 10, 2021.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

UT School of Art: Mapping Home / Collecting Truths: Works by Indigenous and International Artists

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

The University of Tennessee School of Art is hosting Navajo artist and University of Colorado Professor, Melanie Yazzie, September 20– 24, for a series of activities on campus.

Mapping Home / Collecting Truths: Works by Indigenous and International Artists, an exhibition organized by Yazzie with prints by 35 indigenous and international artists, addressing ideas of homeland and its intersection with the environment, climate, or other influences.

About her work Yazzie writes: “The Navajo Paradigm in which we create the world with our thoughts, grounds and motivates my work as an artist, as a teacher, an Indigenous person who is a member of the Navajo Nation, and asPoster for Mapping Home/Collecting Truth Showcase faculty of the University of Colorado. The key themes and processes central to my work include: outreach to rural communities on the local, national, and global level with Indigenous people, colonization, the idea of homeland, nature, the female archetype, and issues relating to health and safety. My intellectual, creative, classroom, and outreach is rooted in the fact that we learn from one another, through our shared experience in the practice of art-making, an ancient, sustainable way of both being in the world, and a way in which to live together, always in a state of learning. Of principal research interest is our diverse yet shared foundational, theoretical, and philosophical bodies of knowledge that express our connections to our homelands.”

On view in the Printmaking Showcase Gallery on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building
UT Campus

Omega Gallery: Back to the start: Recent Artworks by Jennifer Brickey

  • September 1, 2021 — October 15, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening reception Wed Sep 1, 2-4 PM

Jennifer Brickey works in pen, ink, acrylic, paper and more.

Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

Old City MedSpa: Works by Leesa Osburn

  • September 1, 2021 — September 30, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Artist Leesa Osburn
Medium: Water Based Oils

Bio: I enjoy painting with water based oils on canvas. Often times I rescue a canvas to save it from destruction. My painting subjects include pets & wildlife, landscapes & seascapes, and scenes from our nearby Smoky Mountains. Originally from the West Coast, I have lived in Knoxville with my husband and two dogs since 2019. I have a website which is under construction at

Old City MedSpa, 104 W Summit Hill Dr SW, Knoxville

Tennessee Artists Association exhibition at Clayton Center for the Arts

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Galleries are open 10 AM to 6 PM Monday thru Friday

Reception is Friday, September 17th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

At the Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590,

Ijams Hallway Gallery Presents: Jon Pemberton

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

East Tennessee artist Jon Pemberton's three-dimensional works are whimsical, fun and unique! Don't miss the chance to see them in September!

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Judy Kelley Jorden and Paula Browning

  • August 31, 2021 — October 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Works by Judy Kelley Jorden and Paula Browning

Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 4PM
Please call to confirm availability of access to display

Pellissippi State: Mezzotint Prints by Jacob Crook

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Mezzotint prints created by artist Jacob Crook are on display at Pellissippi State Community College through Sept. 24, and the public is invited to enjoy the show.

The free exhibit is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Pellissippi State encourages the wearing of masks in indoor spaces.

Crook, assistant professor of art and printmaking coordinator at Mississippi State University, works primarily in the intaglio printmaking technique of mezzotint, invented in 1642. This process achieves tonality – a range of tones in a work of visual art – by roughening a metal plate with a metal tool called a rocker. The rocker has a beveled, serrated, curved edge with many tiny teeth that create innumerable tiny indentations and burrs that hold ink during the printing process. Ink is rubbed into the varieties of textures and the excess wiped away, gradually revealing the image.

“The fully rocked areas that are left alone produce a rich, velvety blank print, and areas that are scraped and burnished to varying degrees of smoothness will hold less ink, producing lighter value,” Crook explained. “Essentially the image is created in a reductive manner by ‘erasing’ the roughened areas to create areas of light.”

Crook’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. His works also are displayed in academic institutions and private collections.

“The quality of light cast into a space has the potential to bring poetry to the prosaic, magic to the mundane and beauty to the banal,” Crook said. “The light spilling through these nocturnal landscapes and vacant interiors serves as a sort of spotlight, transforming the scenes into empty stage sets, either soon to be entered or perhaps long abandoned, suggesting the possibility of untold narratives that are just out of reach.

“My intent is not to tell a story directly, but to set the stage in such a way that viewers are compelled to consider the moments before and after the one presented based on their own associations with the imagery,” he added.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event or any Pellissippi State event, call 865-539-7401 or email

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2021-2022 Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence

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

August 23 – September 10, 2021

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum August 20-November 7, 2021. Additionally, beginning August 1, the museum will resume full operating hours for the first time since 2020 (Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays).

Under Construction showcases the artistic technique of collage, a dynamic and engaging medium in which materials from different sources are cut, torn, and layered to create new meanings and narratives. Featuring nearly 80 works by more than 30 international artists, this exhibition explores the growth and impact of collage from the 1950s to the present. Although collage gained acclaim in the early 20th-century through the groundbreaking work of artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, it experienced a renaissance (particularly in America) after World War II. Charlotte, North Carolina native Romare Bearden is widely credited with rejuvenating and reinvigorating the technique. The exhibition brings together more than a dozen collages by Bearden. It shows how he inspired subsequent generations of artists, including Radcliffe Bailey, Sam Gilliam, Kojo Griffin, Robert A. Nelson, Man Ray, Kristina Rogers, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. As is evident in many of the works in Under Construction, Bearden’s legacy continues to serve as a powerful touchstone for younger artists as they use new ideas, materials, and tools to define the medium’s voice in the Digital Age.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will also host Kolaj LIVE Knoxville. From Friday, November 5th, to Sunday, November 7th, 2021, artists, curators, and writers will gather for a weekend of collage making, slideshows, exhibition visits, and storytelling that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st-century movement. Additional programming surrounding the exhibition will be available at

Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum is organized by The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations — Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts — the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community. Visit

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101,

TVUUC: Inna Nasonova Knox & Charlotte Rollman

  • August 15, 2021 — October 7, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception Fri Aug 20, 6-7:30 PM with Artists' Talk at 6:30 PM

Her paintings are energy and time captured on a canvas. Inna Knox’s vibrant colors and skillful use of a palette knife capture life and movement on the street. Her impressionistic oils sweep the viewer in, as if he or she were part of the scene. Inna Nasonova was well known in St. Petersburg for her elaborate watercolor of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The magnificent painting was one of her top sellers with tourists. She grew up in Russia, attending the prestigious St. Petersburg Art University in interior design and selling paintings to pay her way through school. She later graduated from fashion design school and worked as a designer and seamstress for well-to-do women. But her artistic path didn't end in Russia. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2000, and happily ensconced in her studio in the Tennessee, Knoxville area.

CHARLOTTE ROLLMAN - “We Can Breathe and Now We Can See”
Breathing has been difficult for so many this last year, but together, we have found respite in nature. Painting outside and on location, as I have done with my pieces in this show, connects me with nature and my work takes life and feels complete after I share it with others. For me, each brush stroke is connected to my breath and I feel nature’s healing properties as I work in it. While painting this last year, I've held in my heart those who have struggled to breathe. Some say they can spend hours on their art and lose track of time. For me, painting stops time and I feel completely present in the moment. I see the colors first and the world around me feels even more colorful and bright. I hope to share this experience with you, and wish that we can all breathe easier and see clearer.

BFA in Fine Arts Murray State University MFA in Painting University of Illinois
Early Teaching Drawing: University of Illinois and Ball State University 7 years
Other: Brewster Print Manufacturer New York, New York Nicole Hand Painted Silk Dresses, Chicago, Illinois Thybony Wallcoverings, Chicago, Illinois
Emeritus Professor of Art: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois Painting and Watercolor 1986-2014
Sabbatical leaves: China, Costa Rica and the Vermont Studio Center

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 9-5, Su 9-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

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