Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

UT Downtown Gallery: Point of View: Regional Editorial Cartoons

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

As part of this exhibition we will be having a February First Friday reception from 5-9pm on Friday, February 4th.

In conjunction with A Serious Look at the Funnies: 100 Years of Comics at the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture, the UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Point of View: Regional Editorial Cartoons. This exhibition showcases the work of eight regional cartoonists.

Charlie Daniel: retired Knoxville News Sentinel cartoonist
Daniel Proctor: Knoxville Freelance editorial cartoonist
Clay Bennett: Chattanooga Free Press editorial cartoonist
Marshall Ramsey: Mississippi Today's editor-at-large, editorial cartoonist, and UT Alum (HCB '91)
Robert Turner: Grainger Today's creative director and editorial cartoonist
Carl Sublett (1919 – 2008) : former UT School of Art Professor of painting and cartoonist for the Bristol Herald-Courier, The Virginia Tennessean, and the Kingsport Press.
Ed Gamble: UT Alum and editorial cartoonist for The Nashville Banner and The Florida Times-Union (UTK postgraduate work 1971-72)
Danny Wilson: Knoxville-based freelance illustrator, editorial cartoonist, and UT Alum (BFA '84)

All UT Downtown Gallery events are free and open to the public. Masking is strongly encouraged.

Open Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Series: William Shaub and Friends: The “Trout”

Category: Music

Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series
William Shaub and Friends: The “Trout”

Knoxville Museum of Art

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 7:00pm
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7:00pm

The Concertmaster Series, featuring the new KSO concertmaster William Shaub and various guest artists, will take place at the Knoxville Museum of Art, located at 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Intimate performances held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the KMA’s Ann and Steve Bailey Hall – seating is general admission.

BELA BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
BELA BARTOK Selections from “The 44 Duos for Two Violins”
FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, “Trout”

865-291-3310 or

The Concourse at the International: Dopapod with Eggy

  • January 26, 2022

Category: Music

Tickets: $15 Advance | $18 Day Of Show
7PM Doors | 7:45PM Show
Ages 18+

The Concourse, 4328 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

Sundress Academy for the Arts: January Reading Series

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to announce the guests for the January installment of our virtual reading series. This event will take place on January 26, 2021 from 7-8PM, on Zoom. Participants can access the event at (password: safta).

Rasha Abdulhadi is a queer Palestinian Southerner who cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. Rasha's writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shade Journal, Mizna, Room, |tap| magazine, Beltway Poetry, and Lambda Literary. Their work is anthologized in Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology (forthcoming), Unfettered Hexes, Halal if You Hear Me, and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. A fiber artist, poet, and speculative fiction writer and editor, Rasha is a member of Justice for Muslims Collective, the Radius of Arab American Writers, and Alternate ROOTS. Their new chapbook is who is owed springtime. For more info on their most recent collection, visit:

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara is a Nigerian writer and poet and the author of the poetry chapbook, I Know the Origin of My Tremor (Sundress Publications, 2021). He is an alumnus of the SprinNG Fellowship and Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop taught by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. His works appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, African Writer Magazine, The Masters Review, 14 poems, Ruminate, The Penn Review, 20.35 Africa, and elsewhere. For more info on his most recent collection, visit:

Michelle Ross is the author of the story collections There's So Much They Haven't Told You, winner of the 2016 Moon City Short Fiction Award, and Shapeshifting, winner of the 2020 Stillhouse Press Short Fiction Award. Her third story collection, They Kept Running, is winner of the 2021 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and is forthcoming in April 2022. Her work is included in Best Microfiction 2020 and 2021, The Best Small Fictions 2021, and in the forthcoming Norton anthology, Flash Fiction America. She is fiction editor of Atticus Review. For more info on her most recent collection, visit:

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is a writers residency and arts collective that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers in all genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, academic writing, playwriting, and more.

Sundress Academy for the Arts:, Facebook: SundressAcademyfortheArts,, Twitter: @SundressPub

Schulz Bräu Brewing Company: Stammtisch - Start a Conversation

  • January 26, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM
Recurring monthly, last Wednesday of every month, Stammtisch is a German conversation group!

What to Expect: Sprichst du Deutsch? Would you like to practice your German? Join us monthly at the Stammtisch - a friendly get-together to practice your German language skills over authentic beer and food. All levels from beginner to native speakers are welcome! No need to be fluent, just come and practice what you know. *Please locate group by "Stammtisch" Reserved Sign placed on a taproom table - Prost!
Hosted by: Susie Morgan

Boyd's Jig & Reel: Artist in Residence: Matt Morelock featuring Thomas Bryan Eaton, Kyle Campbell, and Wesley Rule

  • January 26, 2022

Category: Free event and Music

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Boyd's Jig & Reel, 101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902

We are excited to set forth a new music series on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 7:00-9:30, we are doing an artist in residence where the month's highlighted performer will be bringing in featured guests to showcase each other's songs and swap stories during dinner.
Shows are all ages and free.

January's artist and host is the amazing Matt Morelock!
Matt Morelock is mostly known as a radioman, banjo ace, and Knoxville ex-pat to Hawaii, but he’s back in town to join Boy’d Jig & Reel as the January Artist in Residence. You can hear his new music during his performances on Wednesday nights. Plus, he has invited a quiver of fine musicians to join him - with their own songs and voices - to celebrate, eat, drink, and laugh.

Matt will be bringing a full cast with him including Thomas Bryan Eaton, Kyle Campbell, and Wesley Rule. Thomas Bryan Eaton is a Nashville-based songwriter, producer, and hotshot sideman for several jazz, rock, and honky tonk acts. Kyle Campbell is a Knoxville-based multi-instrumentalist and spellbinding songwriter, owner of Campbell’s Music Room Guitars, and quite frankly - Matt Morelock’s best friend. Wesley Rule is a violin builder and owner of Knoxville Fine Violins. This final January dinner will be a festival of instruments, songs, and a whooole lot of laughs.

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

  • January 26, 2022

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Literature, reading, writing

The Office of Multicultural Student Life, in collaboration with The Black Cultural Programming Committee, presents the 36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, with keynote speaker,. Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst & Former representative from South Carolina.

Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00pm
Alumni Memorial Building, Cox Auditorium
1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Lectures & Presentations


Ewing Gallery: A Serious Look at the Funnies: 100 Years of Comics

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

Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture, UT Campus

The Ewing Gallery at the Art and Architecture Building is hosting, A Serious Look at the Funnies: 100 Years of Comics beginning January 24 through February 28, 2022. The exhibit examines 100 years of comics and comic history in America. Showcasing political cartoons, underground comics, graphic novels, and daily strips, this exhibition borrows from the collection of Denis Kitchen, cartoonist, publisher, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and from the University of Tennessee Special Collections.

These examples span 100+ years of comic history with the earliest work dating from 1906 and the most recent work dating from 2019. Noted artists from Denis Kitchen’s collection are Robert Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Peter Poplaski, Trina Robbins, Al Capp, Will Eisner, Richard “Grass” Green, and Ernie Bushmiller. Additional artists include Stacey Robinson, John Jennings, Brad Kahlhamer, Paolo Rivera, and Joseph Delaney as well as artists whose work is being shown at the other two galleries.

The Ewing Gallery is located at 1715 Volunteer Boulevard on the UT Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, and 1-4pm on Sundays There is no admission charge. Visit the gallery’s web site ( or on Facebook for more information. The gallery can be reached directly at 865-974-3200.

East Tennessee Community Design: MLK Jr. Ave Community Collaborative Charrette

Category: Festivals, special events and Health, wellness


Our Community Collaborative Charrette is back and this time focusing on a piece of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in East Knoxville.

It will begin on January 24th and run through February 24th, but you must contact us if interested by Friday, January 21st. Local architecture firms are encouraged to participate, though you don't have to be an architect to form a team.

East Tennessee Community Design Center, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-525-9945,

Michelle Carr: What’s The Pointe Photography Exhibit

  • January 21, 2022 — February 19, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Please join me Fridays-Sundays Jan 14-Feb 19 to celebrate dance in Knoxville. All local dancers are invited regardless of their photographs being exhibited to join an interactive piece by bringing a pair of your pointe or ballet shoes (any age) - and sign them becoming a part of the exhibit and story of dance.
FIRST FRIDAY: Feb 4 from 5-9,
CLOSING DATE : Feb 18 from 5-9.

Open Fridays 5-9, Saturdays 1-5 and Sundays by appointment
Robin Easter Design in Old City - 132 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902

Pellissippi State: Denise Burge: Recent Work

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

"Denise Burge: Recent Work” will be on display in the College’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, through Feb. 4. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Burge received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and has been a professor at University of Cincinnati in Ohio since 1992. She works in a variety of media including painting, film, installation and quilt making.

"Her work is beautiful and unsettling, using images of lush beach landscapes that are completely devoid of people," said Pellissippi State Professor Herb Rieth. "I described the work in our faculty meeting on Monday as 'a Destin spring break party where a neutron bomb went off.'"

"I am interested in the romance that we attach to natural space, an illusion onto which we project our desires and fears," Burge writes on her website. "Imagery of the tropical is usually glamorous, a sort of air-brushed cultural fantasy of profusion and sensuality. I like to expose its more corporeal reality, depicting vernacular tropical living spaces that one finds a few blocks back from the beachfront."

Burge has received multiple Ohio Arts Council Awards for Individual Artists and has carried out residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. In 2004 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Visual Art.

Burge’s exhibit is the first offering in The Arts at Pellissippi State for spring 2022. The Arts at Pellissippi State includes visual arts exhibits as well as theatre and music performances, all of which are open to the public. For a complete list of this semester’s events, visit

McClung Museum: Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)

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

Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)
January 14 - May 7, 2022

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957–2010) was acclaimed as one of Western Australia’s most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists.

Featuring 29 works from the most radical and significant phase of his career, Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land that I Have Traveled) is the first major exhibition of Pickett’s work in the US. Pickett’s paintings capture the transformations of the country near Perth in the south-west of Australia in ever-changing and innovative ways. Over the course of his three-decade career, Pickett developed a new visual language to represent the cornerstones of the culture of his Nyoongar people: the pathways of ancestors, traditional healing practices and places, and especially the six seasons used by the Nyoongar to divide the year.

Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land that I Have Traveled) shows the developments in the last decade of Pickett’s career, as his work transformed from figurative landscape painting into a ground breaking and expressive form of gestural abstraction. It was during this period that Pickett achieved his greatest acclaim, with his works being exhibited across Australia and acquired by major institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. The 29 works in the exhibition present a snapshot of these experiments, as Pickett explores the complex connections between the earth, creation, and spirituality that are united in the Aboriginal concept of “Dreaming.”

Pickett described his paintings as ‘windows into the Dreaming’, and the strength of his culture is delivered through his work with breathtaking lyrical intensity. His paintings show the persistence and adaptability of Aboriginal ways of seeing the country in the face of colonisation. Shane Pickett’s Nyoongar name, Meeyakba, or ‘soft light of the moon,’ captures the spirit of an artist who set a beacon for those who follow him. One of the great innovators of Australian landscape painting, he is remembered as one of the pre-eminent Aboriginal Australian artists of his time.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

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