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In/finite Earth

Frutos Latinos

Arts in the Airport

Penny Performances

In/finite Earth
November 7 - 26

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “In/finite Earth” featuring work by 15 emerging young artists with disabilities. This exhibition was originally organized by VSA, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with sponsorship by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “In/finite Earth” is the 12th exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America's annual Emerging Young Artists Program; this longtime collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for visual artists, ages 16-25, to receive national recognition at the start of their careers. The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from November 7-26, 2014. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, November 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by The Melting Pot. The First Friday reception also features music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

Since 2002, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up give visibility and a voice to the work of young artists with disabilities, ages 16 to 25, by exhibiting their work throughout the United States and around the world, cementing their work in the broader context of the history, art, and culture of the American, as well as global, experience. Every year, hundreds of emerging young artists with disabilities compete to be included in a curated exhibition, formed around a unique theme, to be displayed in Washington, D.C. and then toured around the nation. After a rigorous adjudication process, 15 artists are selected to showcase their work, and they received a total of $60,000 in prize money generously provided by Volkswagen.

“In/finite Earth” asked Emerging Young Artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over six billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, repercussions for which are still unfolding. “In/finite Earth” is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future.

Frutos Latinos
November 7 - 26

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition hosted by HoLa Hora Latina in commemoration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), featuring a collection of traditional and modern ofrendas (altars), paintings, masks, sculptures, and paper mache catrinas by artists Angel Luna, Hector Saldivar, Margarita Garza, and others. Additionally, the exhibition will include selections from “Frutos Latinos,” an exhibition showing the diversity of media and style produced by contemporary artists who explore what it means to be Hispanic artists now living and working in the United States. The exhibitions will be displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville beginning November 7, 2014 with special activities throughout the evening. The public is invited to vote for their favorite ofrenda (altar) until 8:00 PM. Children and adults may participate in a costume and makeup contest for which the public may also select winners. Other activities in Casa HoLa (the office/gallery space of HoLa Hora Latina, Suite 109 in the Emporium) will include coloring, face painting, and sugar skull decorating.

There is a long-standing tradition worldwide to pay respects to a family’s deceased relatives; in the United States, some people celebrate All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day to commemorate the departed. This celebration is very popular in Mexico and Central America, when on November 2, families gather and build ofrendas (altars) in honor of their beloved departed relatives and hold banquets with the belief the deceased relatives will join. Ofrendas are elaborate displays which must contain certain elements, including photographs, food, flowers, and objects.

HoLa Hora Latina is the oldest grassroots Latino non-profit organization in East Tennessee. The mission of HoLa is to promote unity in the community by creating art, cultural and communication bridges between Latinos and the larger community, and by encouraging education, participation and leadership. HoLa has contributed to the cultural life of the Knoxville area through its varied educational and cultural programs. It is best known for its annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 until October 15 and for the annual HoLa Festival, the highlight of this month-long celebration. For more information, please visit www.holafestival.org. Those interested in pre-ordering sugar skulls (available in three sizes) may call 865-335-3358 or e-mail casahola@holafestival.org.

Arts in the Airport
Through April 8, 2015

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are pleased to present “Arts in the Airport”, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from 36 artists in the East Tennessee region. “Arts in the Airport” was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The current exhibition features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint through April 8, 2015. Please note: the exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception and by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

Juror Joshua Bienko, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provided this statement about the exhibition: “The Arts in the Airport show is an incredible collection of artists work dealing with a wide array of ideas in a variety of mediums. It is an opportunity to peek into the minds of so many talented artists living among us. For me, Art does not provide answers, theories or quantifiable data in as much as it prods questions, provokes interpretations and resists resolutions. The works selected for the show are intended to begin conversations and dialogues. They are organized in a way that encourages dialectics to immerge, questions to form and conflicts to exist. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to engage with the work of these local artists who attest to the vibrancy of the arts here in the greater Knoxville area.”

“The Arts in the Airport program has allowed the airport to showcase some of the region’s most talented artists, and this new exhibition is no exception,” said Howard Vogel, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “It is a great honor to continue to provide East Tennessee travelers with artwork that is inspirational and reflective of our region’s culture.”

The following artists’ works is on display:

+ Sheila Chesanow of Athens

+ Anne Freels of Clinton
+ Veronica Fay of Crossville

+ Amy Masters of Gatlinburg

+ J. Brooks Brann, David Butler, Valentino Constantinou, Delia Foster, Marcia Goldenstein, William Goolsby, Beauvais Lyons, Tom McDaniel, Rose Montgomery, Althea Murphy-Price, Dick Penner, Indra Sahu, Jenny Snead, Daniel Taylor, Clay Thurston, Mary Julia Tunnell, Marilyn Avery Turner, Richardson Turner, Hawa Ware, Lida Rice Waugh, and Kurt K. Weiss of Knoxville
+ Steve Chastain of Louisville

+ Mary Bogert, Carl Gombert, Adam Griffin, John Patterson, and Bill Womac of Maryville

+ Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill

+ Yvonne Bartholomew-Thomas of Seymour

+ Pat Clapsaddle and Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel

+ Tyson Smith of Townsend

Congratulations to the following artists, who received cash awards as determined by the juror:

  • Best of Show ($500) - Jenny Snead of Knoxville for Protection from Recreational Behavior (oil on panel)
  • Award of Merit ($250) – Hawa Ware of Knoxville for Youth Waiting (oil on canvas)
  • Award of Merit ($250) – Lida Rice Waugh of Knoxville for Wrapped Basket (raffia, calico, wool)

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Penny Performances

Thirty Organizations Announce Penny Performances for Knox County Students

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville in cooperation with the local arts community is proud to announce the third year of Penny Performances, a program developed to meet the local arts community’s long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee's children. Penny Performances provide every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend local arts and culture events/activities by nearly 30 organizations at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by one paying adult during the 2012/2013 academic school year. Concerts, plays, dance performances, historic home tours, fairs, museums, festivals, arts workshops, radio broadcasts, movies, and more are part of Penny Performances. Organizations whose admission is regularly free are offering special programs or gifts for attending Knox County students. Notices announcing this program will be sent home with every Knox County public school child.

Almost 100 events are included in Penny Performances this year, and in addition, nine organizations offer year-round opportunities for Knox County School children: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, East Tennessee History Center, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, WDVX, and Alexia’s School of Middle Eastern Dance. The schedule of participating performances is listed on the Penny Performances web site at www.Penny4Arts.com.

Families may register on this site to receive weekly e-mail notices about participating events. Most participating performances will allow one paying adult to bring up to three students for one penny each. Proof of Knox County residency (driver's license) will be required for each adult accompanying children ages 5-15. Students ages 16-18, not accompanied by an adult, must show proof of Knox County Residency and if in a group, at least one in the group of up to four Knox County students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny Performances. Each participating organization’s specific guidelines are also listed on the Penny Performances web site.

The following organizations are participating in Penny Performances: Bijou Theatre, Blount Mansion Association, Circle Modern Dance, Clarence Brown Theatre, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Dogwood Arts, East Tennessee Historical Society, Frank H. McClung Museum, Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, HoLa Hora Latina, James White's Fort, Knoxville Arts & FIne Crafts Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Knoxville Choral Society, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Zoo, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, Pellissippi State, Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble, Tennessee Valley Fair, WDVX, Wild Thyme Players, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, The WordPlayers.

The schedule of participating performances is listed on the Penny Performances web site at www.Penny4Arts.com.

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