Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

East Tennessee Historical Society: Cameras on Le Conte - The Art of Jim Thompson & Laura Thornburgh

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

The Art of Jim Thompson & Laura Thornburgh
February 1, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

Learn the stories of Thompson and Thornburgh and their art with a presentation by Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound Archivists John Morton and Janine Winfree, featuring highlights of Thompson’s 16mm films as well as a lecture on Thornburgh’s life and influence in the world of motion pictures.

This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. The program coincides with the Museum of East Tennessee History's current exhibition, Lights! Camera! East Tennessee!

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Sevier County Biennial Juried and Youth exhibitions

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

Pablo Picasso is credited with saying, “Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” That’s not a problem for Sevier County, whose residents for generations have been renowned artists and craftspeople. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites the community to celebrate Sevier County artists of all ages in the 21st Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition and 2023 Sevier County Youth Exhibition Reception, February 17, 2023, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, free and open to the public.

The Sevier County Biennial is a juried, mixed-media art exhibition presented by Arrowmont to recognize and foster artists in the rich region of Sevier County. Guest juror Kreneshia Whiteside-McGee chose from 178 works delivered by 78 artists, 29 of whom were first-time submitters. The exhibition is on view in Arrowmont’s Sandra J. Blain Galleries in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, January 31 through March 3, 2023.

For the first time, the Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition includes a companion exhibit: the 2023 Sevier County Youth Exhibition, showcasing work created by young Sevier County artists, ages 5 – 18. Arrowmont instructor and director of Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Kelly Sullivan, is the awards juror for the Youth Exhibition. Awards will be presented to artists in both exhibits during the February 17, 2023 reception. /21st-sevier-county-biennial-juried-exhibition

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

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.

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.

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

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,

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:

Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art: RE-PAIR

  • January 27, 2023 — May 7, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the artist roster, curators, and highlight weekend dates for the inaugural Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art: RE-PAIR, opening January 27, 2023 and on view through May 7, 2023. The recent changes and movements in the world inform our vision and the galvanizing spirit that centers on the rich history of the arts in Tennessee as a means to engage excellence in contemporary art.

Visual art offers a tool towards a common language fostering dialogue across communities, around the state, the country and internationally. The Tennessee Triennial serves as an experience to help us process this moment and propel us forward. It is a geographically fluid conversation that engages people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Tennessee Triennial has chosen a statewide model that is set apart and unprecedented. Curators from institutions in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga have been invited to respond to the theme of RE-PAIR, authored by Consulting Curator, Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons. This horizontal approach allows for each curator to be active in selecting participating artists. The Tennessee Triennial is a collective endeavor that emphasizes Tennessee’s contemporary art community while including national and international perspectives.

The participating venues along with their curators and artists may be found at

Big Ears Festival (Curator: Rachel Milford)
Lonnie Holley
Knoxville Museum of Art (Curators: Kelsie Conley and Stephen Wicks)
Willie Cole
Katie Hargrave & Meredith Laura Lynn
Bessie Harvey
Lonnie Holley
Kahlil Robert Irving
Suzanne Jackson
Mary Laube
Annabeth Marks
Rosemary Mayer
Althea Murphy-Price
Betye Saar
Faith Wilding
Tri-Star Arts (Curator: Brian R. Jobe)
Kenturah Davis
Rubens Ghenov
Hank Willis Thomas

Tennessee Stage Company: New Play Festival - Amazing Graces

Category: Theatre

The NEW PLAY FESTIVAL will consist of one fully staged World Premiere presentation of Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan and a staged reading of High Ground by Greg Congleton. Details TBA

For further information please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 865-546-4280.

Pellissippi State: Ceramics by Bill Capshaw

  • January 24, 2023 — February 3, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The works of local legend and ceramic artist Bill Capshaw kick off The Arts at Pellissippi State series for spring 2023.

“With his tremendous skill, talent and warm and generous personality, Bill is a fixture in East Tennessee, giving lectures and demos to generations of budding and experienced ceramic artists,” said Professor Herb Rieth. “Bill has been recognized on both the state and national levels, and his work is in numerous public and private collections.”

The Bill Capshaw exhibit is open in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus. All exhibits in the Bagwell Gallery are free and open to the public.

“The heart of each piece comes from deep within the soul with the intent to pierce the mind with probing thoughts of the creative process,” Capshaw said in an artist statement. “Classic forms are conceived using simple line work with basic shapes and design elements. Embellished surfaces and glaze decoration work together for contrast and emphasizing the compositional message."

Capshaw earned his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University and has worked at the Oak Ridge Art Center as a ceramic artist and instructor since 1977. Named Artist of the Year in 1998 by the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville, Capshaw is widely known for his expertise in the raku process and the unique designed ceramic forms and textural finishes on his works.

10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9-5 or by special appointment. Information: 865-694-6405,

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

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,

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.

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!

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,

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