The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Exhibitions at the Emporium Center

September 6–27, 2019 @ Arts & Culture Alliance

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville Sept. 6-27. A reception takes place Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-9 p.m. as part of First Friday activities downtown. The public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. The opening reception features music by pianist Curtis Tipton.

The Universityof Tennessee: The Art of Science inthe Balcony gallery
"The Art of Science"exhibition demonstrates the connection between science and art and consists of images produced during the course of scientific experiments that have aesthetic perception. Art pieces for the exhibition were submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, post-docs and staff who work in the scientific labs at the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Australian National University, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Pieces in the exhibition were collected from the light microscope, fluorescent microscope, confocal and scanning electron microscopes. Viewers will see images based on mathematical calculations and computer simulations, schemes made in PowerPoint as they would be presented at a scientific conference. Viewers will also see abstract images from “everyday life” in the lab.

Tennessee Artists Association Fall Juried Showin the main gallery
Tennessee Artists Association presents its 45th Fall Juried Show, a new exhibition featuring work by both new and longstanding TAA members.

TAA was organized in November of 1972 by five artists who wanted to create a fine art impact on the Knoxville area. Art teacher Jerry Hestor proved instrumental in starting the group with help from Beverly Prince, Randy Laws and Nancy Davis, among others. Initially, they met in homes and community centers, and a few years later, Rechenbach’s Gallery offered them a more permanent space for workshops and meetings to accommodate their rapidly growing membership.

The membership of the TAA has always been comprised of experienced artists, beginners, and all levels in between. Many well-known East Tennessee artists have been part of TAA throughout the years. TAA annually hosts two exhibitions: a Spring Show and a Fall Juried Show. TAA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Guests and prospective members are welcome to join. For more information, visit

Victoria Phillips: Select Works from “An Abstract Narrative”on the North Wall
"An Abstract Narrativeis a direct response to the exploration of my spirituality. Through the investigation of my processes and materials, I have created a series of paintings that reveal the vulnerability of my spiritual ethos and express my personal narrative through a visceral lens. In my life I have experienced tremendous hardships, yet through those difficulties I have found hope. I was born into poverty. My father was an ex-convict who began his Judeo-Christian experience in prison while my mother was innocence personified. In the thesis series,An Abstract Narrative, I regard my childhood experience of psychological and emotional brutalities, strangely intertwined with my engendered spiritual ethos creating a visual representation of my life. The paintings were born from a self-reflective exploration within my spirituality that brought healing through inner expression that has been materialized into the paintings."
– Excerpt from An Abstract Narrative, Thesis, Victoria Phillips, SCAD

Phillips received a B.A. in visual arts with an emphasis in studio art and a minor in advertising in 2013 from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She completed her M.F.A. in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019. She has been a guest speaker for the art department at Lee University as well as an adjunct professor. She has been involved in numerous exhibits throughout Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee as her private collectors continue to grow in the southeast and abroad. Phillips completed an artist in residency in Skopelos, Greece in 2019, which gave her the opportunity to exhibit internationally. Phillips has worked as an educator in the public school system for the last five years, and she resides in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.victoriarosephillips.comor follow her on Instagram at @victoria_rose_phillips.

Brian Horais: Twisted Woodturningin the display case
Brian Horais, a woodturner since 2010, lives in Knoxville. He creates non-round multi-axis works of art on the lathe. Past president of the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild, he has been a demonstrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft and the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium. His work has been displayed multiple times at the Master Woodworkers Show in Knoxville and at Arts in the Airport (McGhee Tyson airport in Knoxville). His articles on "Twisted Turning" have appeared in the AAW national magazine American Woodturner.

In this exhibition, Horais will show, with figures and examples, how twisted turning is done on a lathe. Twisted turning uses multiple offset axes to generate the twist. His turnings use three axes, instead of the traditional single axis (i.e. centerline) for regular turnings. He will also display various examples of his twisted turnings with different finishes and approaches (full twist, half twist, embellished and carved twists, etc). View a sample video at

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Drawings and paintings by Anthony Donaldsonin the Atrium
Anthony M. Donaldson lives in Knoxville and is a Knoxville Area Transit bus driver. He studied art intensely in high school and continued taking classes in college. Donaldson aims to tell a story with his art, and the recent work he will display features many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, political and social issues, racism and classism, and more.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the website at

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