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Exhibitions:

Dogwood Arts Festival Regional Fine Art Exhibition

Arts in the Airport


Penny Performances

Dogwood Arts Festival Regional Fine Art Exhibition
April 4-26, 2014
throughout the Emporium

The finest progressive artists of our region will showcase their work in the Regional Fine Art Exhibition! Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists has been selected by renowned juror, Julie Levin Caro, for exhibition. Julie Levin Caro is an art historian and curator specializing in African American art and material culture as well as American and European modernism and garden history. She has served at numerous museums since 1992 including the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, and the Colby Museum of Art in Waterville, ME. One of her most recent curatorial projects was displayed at the Colby College Museum of Art in the spring of 2010 and was entitled “Freedom of Expression: Politics and Aesthetics in African American Art.” She boasts an extensive list of publications and scholarly presentations, and has been awarded numerous awards and fellowships. Ms. Levin Caro received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Levin Caro is also a professor and has lectured at a number of academic conferences as well as museums. She recently lectured at an international symposium in Berlin, Germany, and is presently a professor at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Moreover, she actively publishes on numerous African American artists and designed landscapes. She is currently working on a book project: “The Imaginary Studio: The Self-fashioning of Artistic and Social Identity in the Studios of Thomas Cole, Allan Rohan Crite and Winold Reiss.


Arts in the Airport
Through April 9, 2014

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 40 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 selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from October 17, 2013 – April 9, 2014. 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.

The juror, Jeffrey Morton, selected the following works to receive $1,000 in cash awards:

+ Best of Show ($500) – Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel for “Serenity at Dusk” (pine needle coiling, $700)

+ Award of Merit ($250) – Denise Stewart-Sanabria of Knoxville for “Leaving the 19th Century” (Graphite on rag paper, paint, hand built wooden altar, $700)

+ Award of Merit ($250) – Emily Taylor of Knoxville for “First Prince” (oil on canvas)

The Best of Show recipient, Marty McConnaughey, is a 3-D artist whose passion for a natural, organic design is evident in each piece she completes. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband Jim after relocating from Michigan. Her website is www.distinctivegourds.com.

Juror Jeffrey Morton, Professor of Art at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, provided this statement about the exhibition: “In our frenetic fast-paced world of smart phones, on-the-go coffee stops, and continental travel, it seems appropriate to house a collection of artworks in a busy space such as the airport. Art has an ability to capture us in time, and perhaps now more than any other we need to stop, look, and listen. Whatever we feel about traveling to and from places, the art in the Knoxville airport was chosen to give the passerby an opportunity to share the same question asked by these artists: how do I balance a life of speed with a life of pause. It seems that the art and artists in this collection answer the question by looking closely at the world with wonder and delight.”

“The level of artistic talents represented in our new exhibit is extraordinary,” 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:

+ Trissa Gurney of Kingston

+ Melinda Adams, Robmat Butler, Tina Curry, Diane Fox, Marcia Goldenstein, Patti Googe, David Harman, Lauren Hulse, Jen Jesseph, Gary R. Johnson, Anne Kinggard, John Clayton Lee, Marta Lee, Paul Lukkarila, Beauvais Lyons, Marga Hayes McBride, Tom McDaniel, Brian Murray, Jane S. Nickels, Tom Owens, Dick Penner, Kris Rehring, Chris S. Rohwer, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Emily Taylor, Eric Thompson, Marilyn Avery Turner, Bonnie J. Vetterick, and Richard Whitehead of Knoxville

+ Jim Parris of Lenoir City

+ Lil Clinard of Loudon

+ Aaron Carroll and Annamaria Gundlach of Maryville

+ Ron Plascencia of Morristown

+ Sally Ham Govan of Murfreesboro

+ Brandon Douglas of Powell

+ Melanie Fetterolf of Seymour

+ Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel

+ Suzanna Terrill of Townsend

A gallery of images may be viewed at http://www.knoxalliance.com/album/airport_fall13.html For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


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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