Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Mighty Mud: Resist, Repair, Reclaim ceramic exhibition

  • February 3, 2023 — February 24, 2023

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

Opening Reception: February 3rd, 6-9 pm

The Bottom's Ceramic Exhibition: Resist, Repair, Reclaim: Building Community, Celebrating Culture & Engaging Creativity through Ceramics.

“Resist Repair Reclaim” is a community exhibition of The Bottom’s ceramics class. Over the course of the last 6 months students have been coming together every week to make, explore creative expressions, and grow the Knoxville Black Creative community through the ceramic art form. The very existence of this class is a testament to the power of individual and collective imagination to resist expectations, repair our ever-expanding souls, and reclaim our creative voices and the culminating exhibition is a celebration of that.

Exhibiting artists include Jalynn Baker, Dee Clark, Maggie Connolly, Jazzmine Curtis, Joyce Drew, Fitrah Hamid Golden, George Habeib, Alex Kellam, Miz Kip, London Martin, Ty Murray, Jeremy Myles, Jaleria Rivera, and Eric Sherwood. Read more at https://tennesseetriennial.org/community-venues/mighty-mud

At Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Information: 865-595-1900, www.mightymudclay.com

Knoxville Opera: Chorus Auditions

Category: Auditions, Free event and Music

Friday, February 3, 5:30-8:00 pm
Saturday, February 4, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

At Knoxville Opera | 612 E. Depot Ave.

Singers are asked to bring 2 contrasting pieces, with one in English and the other in Italian, French, or German. A pianist will be available.

Register at https://www.knoxvilleopera.org/auditions/

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795, www.knoxvilleopera.com

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 21st Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition

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

JANUARY 30 – MARCH 3, 2023 | RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 17, 2023, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites artists 18 and older living or working in Sevier County, TN to submit works for consideration for the 21st Sevier County Juried Biennial. The biennial is a juried, mixed-media art exhibition presented by Arrowmont to recognize and foster artists in the rich region of Sevier County, who are the bedrock of the economy and foundation of our community.

JUROR: KRENESHIA WHITESIDE MCGEE, AKA KREN THE CURATOR
Kreneshia Whiteside-McGee, a Tennessee native, began curating in 2015 as a university senior. She served as chief curator at the Association for Visual Arts and works with numerous artists, galleries, and museums advocating for the arts and fostering culture in communities. Her portfolio includes exhibition development, creative direction/consultation, and art handling throughout the U.S. and abroad.

https://www.arrowmont.org/visit/events/21st-sevier-county-biennial-juried-exhibition/

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, https://www.arrowmont.org

Oak Ridge Art Center: Women’s Work: I See the Light

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

Opening reception will be Sunday, January 29th from 2—4 PM with a gallery talk at 1:30 PM.

Women’s Work series will celebrate sunlight, moonbeams, and light of all types as well as new ideas, truths, and perhaps epiphanies! Light takes many forms and we are asking women in our region to interpret the phrase, “ I see the light!” in a new or well loved piece.

At 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

Gallery 1010: RE-SEARCH & RE-PAIR

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Director Hanna Seggerman and Associate Director Landin Eldridge curated this group exhibition titled RE-SEARCH & RE-PAIR to bring forth the voices of Tennessee's next generation of contemporary artists.

The eleven selected artists include: Abigail Rose Hedley, Danqi Cai, Eliza Frensley, Emily Rice, Francis Akosah, Gino Castellanos, Griffin Allman, Kathryn Lamb, Kyle Cottier, Megan Wolfkill, and Ruchi Singh, representing both undergraduate and graduate students currently attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Their personal artistic RE-SEARCH stems from a wide array of concentrations to be represented in the exhibition including: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, fibers, art history, and time-based arts.

RE-SEARCH & RE-PAIR was foundationally structured from the suffix RE- meaning again and again. Placing emphasis on the repetitive acts of RE-PAIR taking place within the RE-SEARCH of each artist individually and as a collective whole.

Dates: January 28, February 3 - 4, 2023
Hours: Friday 5 - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

Gallery 1010, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 114, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: https://gallery1010.utk.edu/

Walters State Community College: Foothills by Jason Brown

  • January 18, 2023 — March 30, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Catron Gallery, R. Jack Fishman Library
Jason Brown is an associate professor of Art at the University of TN, Knoxville. His work explores the impact that extractive industries such as mining, oil and gas have on the ecosystems and watersheds of Appalachian landscapes. Coal mining and mountaintop removal are especially compelling subjects for his sculptures and installations, which challenge viewers to engage in a civic dialogue about individuality, community and place.

Walters State Community College, 500 S. Davy Crockett, Morristown
www.ws.edu

Ewing Gallery: Public Interiority

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

This exhibition prompts designers and artists to address the intersections between experience-based interiority and the city. Exhibited works include representations of atmospheres, politics, architectural forms, experiences, and psychologies that help us see outside places as if they were inside places. This idea of the public interior expands interiority beyond the simple enclosure and asserts an equal claim on urbanity and the commons. The exhibit explores human-scaled, adaptable, and phenomenologically-driven spaces.

This exhibition is part of the events for the Public Interiority Symposium, organized by Liz Teston and Hojung Kim in UT’s College of Architecture +Design.

The Ewing Gallery will resume normal operating hours on Monday, January 23. From January 17 – 23, the gallery will be open M-F from 10am – 5pm.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-T-F 10-5, W-R 10-7:30, Su 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

McClung Museum: The Sculpture of William Edmondson

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

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is proud to announce the special exhibition, The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments and Stonework, in partnership with Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. The exhibition is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Division of Diversity and Engagement and will run from January 13 to May 14, 2023.

The exhibition reexamines and recontextualizes the life and work of African American artist William Edmondson (1874–1951). Edmondson is the most significant sculptor to emerge from Tennessee during the 1930s and 40s and remains one of the leading American artists of the twentieth century.

This is the first large-scale museum exhibition of the artist’s career in over twenty years. During Edmondson’s life, he was well known for his yard art, including whimsical birdbaths, fanciful "critters," sculptures of everyday people, and grave markers he carved for African American families.
https://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/2022/12/13/mcclung-museum-to-feature-one-of-the-most-significant-collections-of-tennessee-artist-william-edmondson-in-new-exhibition/

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 12–4 p.m.

WDVX: Blue Plate Special & The Big Plate

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey, Monday through Thursday at the Knoxville Visitor Center. On Fridays WDVX takes the Blue Plate Special to Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria for “The Big Plate”, then back to the Visitor Center on Saturday with your host Evie Andrus.

It’s always free to join in, so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Just like at your favorite meat n’ three, the WDVX Blue Plate Special® is served up piping hot. This fresh and free daily helping of live music during the lunchtime hour that features performers from all over the world and right here in Knoxville has put WDVX on the map as East Tennessee’s Own community supported radio.

Previous performing artists include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Nickel Creek, Red Stick Ramblers, Rodney Crowell, String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Claire Lynch Band, Brett Dennen, Tommy Emmanuel, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, John Oats, Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, and many many more! There’s plenty of great music to go around! http://wdvx.com/program/blue-plate-special/

Free 2-hour visitor parking located next door to the Knoxville Visitor Center. One Vision Plaza, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-544-1029, http://www.wdvx.com

Rarity Bay Community Center: Photography by Steve Olson

  • January 9, 2023 — March 30, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring Steve Olson's first solo photography show!
Reception on Sun Jan 22, 2-4 PM

The Center is the second building on the right when you turn into Rarity Bay. The Center is open Monday thru Friday 9 to 4. It is best to call ahead because the Center often has meetings or events going on: 423-884-3800

150 Rarity Bay Pkwy, Vonore, TN 37885

UT Downtown Gallery: Kay Dartt + Ronda Wright

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

KAY DARTT + RONDA WRIGHT: CREATING ARTIFACTS OF HOME

Receptions: Friday, January 6, 5-9pm
Friday, February 3, 5-9pm

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of work by Kay Dartt and Ronda Wright.

Dartt’s work fluctuates between functional sculpture, speculative design, and embodied hyperobject. The goal of these objects is to challenge our western philosophies of living that have created an imbalance between the natural, artificial and virtual environments we occupy. By synthesizing biomorphic forms, consumer language and parametric design processes, an aesthetic emerges that invites a critical perspective of our environment. At times these objects can humorous, whimsical or enigmatic.

Kay Dartt is an artist whose practice combines sculpture, engineering, education and community outreach. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Art at Shepherd University, she teaches sculpture courses, engineering courses and manages an interdisciplinary fabrication space called the FASTEnER Lab.

As an artist and activist, Ronda Wright has created the on-going sculptural installation, "Creating Artifacts of Home." Through a series of workshops, participants sculpt small artifacts of home. These workshops started in response to the overwhelming rate of LGBTQ+ homelessness and bullying, the premise of these workshops is that we all have a relation to home; and that iron is an element necessary to sustain life. While sharing experiences, participants sculpt a symbolic artifact that reminds them of home. After being cast in iron, the artifact becomes part of the larger collection of memories that reflect relations of Home. Participants’ artifacts link themselves not as “others” but to others. Wright is the Academic & Professional Development Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor for UT's College of Architecture + Design and an alum of UT's School of Art.

The UT Downtown Gallery is a Tennessee Triennial Community Venue. All events are free and open to the public.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802, https://downtown.utk.edu

RED Gallery: Highway Flowers by Summer Small

  • January 6, 2023 — February 24, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

RED Gallery is proud to announce the opening of Highway Flowers, an art exhibition by Summer Small.
The show will open on January 6, 2022, 5:00pm (First Friday) and run through February.

Highway Flowers
And other beautiful things you didn't ask for

Summer Small is a self-taught visual artist from East Tennessee. Her debut show Highway Flowers is her private love letter to modern Appalachia. Through bright color and intense pattern, Summer tells a raw, folksy story about grief, persistence, and ultimately appreciation for those things that are out of our control. Her aim for this show is that it recalls to you a familiar feeling, like a reminder of summertime in the dead of winter. Summer Small, summersmallstudio@gmail.com

RED Gallery, at 130 E Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN, features local and regional artists. The gallery is located in the historic Jackson Atelier building in Knoxville’s Old City. Gallery owner Robin Easter is proud to provide a unique space for Knoxville to experience and enjoy a broad range of visual arts. To learn more about RED Gallery, email robin@robineaster.com.
865-524-0146 | www.robineaster.com

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