December 6–23, 2019 @ Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
The Arts & Culture Alliance presents its 2019 members show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found atwww.knoxalliance.com/join-renew. Most of the works in the 2019 Members Show are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.
An opening reception takes place as part of First Friday activities Dec. 6 from 5-9 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The First Friday reception features dances presented by Circle Modern Dance and Knoxville Argentine Tango Society and music by the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. The WIVK Santa Claus Parade starts at 7 p.m. along Gay Street and passes in front of the Emporium.
“We always look forward to this exhibition as a highlight and culmination of a year’s productivity on the part of Knoxville’s diverse and enthralling artist community,” says Liza Zenni, executive director for the Arts & Culture Alliance.
Individual members of the alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours and public murals. Some of the members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The Emporium Center, The Vacuum Shop, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Studio 2515, Broadway Studios & Gallery, and Knoxville Community Darkroom.
The 2019 Members Show is on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from Dec. 6-23. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visitwww.knoxalliance.com.