Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge: Mud: A Photographic Exhibition of Life in the Secret City

  • February 2, 2023 — February 28, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and History, heritage

Gallery Exhibition

Mud: A Photographic Exhibition of Life in the Secret City, is on display through February 28 in the Imagination Gallery. This exhibition has been provided for display by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
During WWII, what we know today as Oak Ridge was a quickly built “secret” government town of 70,000 workers. This secret city was blanketed in a thick layer of mud, something that all residents, regardless of their occupation, had to deal with. Most of the photographs in this exhibition were taken by James Edward “Ed” Westcott, a renowned photographer who worked for the U.S. government in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. The Children’s Museum has added several special Gallery activities for Mud including the Mud Hunt Activity Guide, which will help young visitors take a closer look at the photos, and a voting station so visitors can vote for their favorite Mud photo.

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: T-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Information: 865-482-1074,

Waynestock XI: For the Love of Drew and Rylan

  • February 2, 2023 — February 4, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Music

Waynestock XI: The Return!
Benefitting: J.C. Haun, formerly of Left Foot Down, Limit Nine, Garage Deluxe, JC and the Dirty Smokers

7 p.m.: Stars Regardless
8 p.m.: Keith Brown and Friends
9 p.m.: Ben Savage and Chris Newman
10 p.m.: Kenneth Brown and Friends
11 p.m.: Crumbsnatchers
7 p.m.: Leslie Walker and Dark Mountain Orchid
8 p.m.: Sam Quinn and the Cartwright Brothers
9 p.m.: Adeem the Artist
10 p.m.: Rectangle Shades
11 p.m.: Mercy Lights
Midnight: Left Foot Down
6 p.m.: Lucy Abernathy
7 p.m.: Horcerer
8 p.m.: Bark
9 p.m.: Connor Kelly and The Time Warp
10 p.m.: Neowizard
11 p.m.: Finale, featuring Kelsi Walker and Friends
$5 at the door

Raffle tickets: $5 each, with prizes from WUTK, The Shed Smokehouse and Juke Joint, The Concourse, Raven Records and Rarities and SO MANY MORE! All proceeds go to J.C. Haun's medical fund.

Bijou Theatre: Flipturn

Category: Music


Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Scotty McCreery

  • February 2, 2023

Category: Music

McCreery has toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, and was named “Best American Idol” by the readers of The Los Angeles Times and “Country Music’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine. He has amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, and received more than 150 million YouTube views.

And with the release of his first book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream in 2016, he can also add the title of author to his resume. In the book, which he calls a “travelogue – not an autobiography,” the talented performer shares stories from his life and lessons learned along the way. As he says in Go Big or Go Home, “God gave me a voice, and America gave me a chance.”

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Michael Knight on Building a Short Story Collection

Category: Classes, workshops and Literature, spoken word, writing

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 PM
Addison's Book Store, 126 S. Gay Street, Knoxville

Michael Knight is director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He will discuss making a short story collection and read from a work in progress. Michael is the author of three novels (Divining Rod, The Typist and At Briarwood School for Girls), three collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other Stories, Goodnight, Nobody and Eveningland) and a book of novellas (The Holiday Season). The Typist (2010), was listed as a Best Book of the Year by several publications, including The Huffington Post and Kansas City Star, and included on Oprah’s Summer Reading List. Eveningland (2017) was selected as an Editor's Choice Pick by The New York Times and as a Southern Book of the Year by Southern Living Magazine. His fiction has appeared in magazines and journals like Esquire, Narrative, The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Sewanee Review and Virginia Quarterly Review and has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South. He is the recipient of a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation (1999), the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction (2013) and the Truman Capote Prize (2018).


Authors Guild of Tennessee: Monthly Meeting

  • February 2, 2023
  • social time 10:30AM, meeting 11:00AM

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37934 in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information:

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Tennessee Triennial: RE-PAIR

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

The inaugural Tennessee Triennial is a unified multi-site, multi-city exhibition that promotes contemporary visual art as a tool to foster constructive dialogue across communities, the state, the country, and internationally. The 2023 theme and core concept of the inaugural Tennessee Triennial is “RE-PAIR,” set forth by Consulting Curator María Magdalena Campos-Pons as the guiding curatorial concept for all exhibiting venues participating in the Tennessee Triennial.

Responding to the Triennial RE-PAIR theme about art designed “To heal, suture, and recompose fractured bodies”, “re-pair, patch, rebuild spirits, bodies, cities, political institutions, economic relationships,” the Knoxville Museum of Art presents works emphasizing the transformative power of art to propose new solutions to recent global discord.

The KMA’s Triennial presentation features a thought-provoking selection of objects created by a diverse, intergenerational slate of 13 international artists from across the U.S.: Willie Cole, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Katie Hargrave & Meredith Laura Lynn, Kahlil Robert Irving, Suzanne Jackson, Mary Laube, Annabeth Marks, Rosemary Mayer, Althea Murphy-Price, Betye Saar, and Faith Wilding.

The exhibited works address a broad range of conceptual concerns ranging from the intersection of the personal and the political, to environmental, cultural, and spiritual. They express artists’ deep interest in material as a means of interpreting and amplifying these concerns. They are touched and pressed, deconstructed, constructed and made anew. They embody histories that sensitively embrace contradiction and complication, and that challenge diverse audiences to look both forward and backwards towards “new sites of encounters with yet undefined edges, borders and territories” in search of RE-PAIR.

A major statewide contemporary art event organized by Tri-Star Arts. Consulting Curator: María Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

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