Art In Public Places
Art comes in all shapes and sizes.
We invite you to experience some of the larger variety with Art in Public Places, an annual exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures in Knoxville’s downtown public spaces, McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge.
Public art beautifies our streetscapes, contributes to civic pride, and identifies Knoxville as a growing arts destination. By displaying sculptures outdoors, we celebrate not only the art but our natural beauty during this year-round exhibition. The sculptures presently on view have been selected and awarded by noted sculptor Isaac Duncan III. Maps
Where: Downtown Knoxville, McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge
When: April 1, 2017-March 10, 2018
Apply by January 20, 2017 to be an Art In Public Places Artist. Click Submit Below!
Best in Show: Mike Roig | Undulation
2nd Place: Charles Pilkey | Ark
3rd Place: Rollin Karg | Fore Spike
Honorable Mention: Glenn Zweygardt | Isis Revisited
Honorable Mention: Ray Katz | Burst
JOHN DOUGLAS POWERS was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1978. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Vero Beach Museum of Art and Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally.
Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at The University of Georgia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of the 2013 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee and is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at The University of Tennessee.
Bart Watkins & Robmat Butler
Central Business Improvement District, Gerdau, Liz-Beth & Co., Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Mr. and Mrs. James Begalla, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Prestige Cleaners, and Scripps Networks Interactive
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