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 John Douglas Powers. 

Where: Downtown Knoxville, McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge
When: April 1, 2017-March 10, 2018

2017 Juror

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.

Watch this short artist profile showing Powers at work in his Knoxville studio to learn more about Powers’ process, inspiration, and more. This video was produced by Dogwood Arts and Visit Knoxville, videography by Loch & Key Productions.

2017 Artists

Hanna Jubran
Earth Fire Water Wind
Painted Steel | $24,000
Sponsor: ORNL Federal Credit Union

Gwendolyn Kerney
Lucky Lady
Metal | $4,000
Sponsor: Liz-Beth & Co.

Marvin Tadlock
Steel | $14,500
Sponsor: Liz-Beth & Co.

Holly Kelly
Cast Iron | $2,944
Sponsor: Prestige Cleaners

Will Vannerson
Borbor 9
Galvanized Steel | $8,000
Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive

Gwendolyn Kerney 
Dreams of Flight
Metal | $4,000
Sponsor: ORNL Federal Credit Union

Matt Amante
Stainless Steel & Painted Steel | $3,000
Sponsor: ORNL Federal Credit Union

Pamela Reithmeier
Steel, Resin Soaked Fabric, Plastic & Paint | $4,000
Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive

Luke Achterberg
Painted Steel | $11,400
Sponsor: Central Business Improvement District

Jenny Hager
Wings of the Phoenix
Powder Coated Aluminum | $15,000
In Memory of James A. Begalla

Joni Younkins-Herzog
Core Ten Steel, Stainless Steel, Mild Steel, Chrome, Airsoft BB Pellets, Silicone | $15,000
Sponsor: Prestige Cleaners

Mike Roig
Share This Whirled
Steel and Stainless Steel | $18,000
Sponsor: Gerdau
Location: Krutch Park

Ray Katz
Geometric Construction
Welded & Painted Steel | $20,000
Sponsor: Central Business Improvement District

Carl Billingsley
Painted Steel | $2,800
Sponsor: ORNL Federal Credit Union

Andrew Light
Coalescence of the Ardent Self
Stainless & Mild Steel | $15,000
Sponsor: The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority

Nathan Pierce
Spirit Cycle
Powdercoated Steel | $9,000
Sponsor: The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority

Hanna Jubran
Painted Steel | $55,000
Sponsor: ORNL Federal Credit Union

Nathan Pierce
Steel & Epoxy Paint | $30,000
Sponsor: ORNL Federal Credit Union

Ryan Lamfers
Make It Rain
Cast Iron and Steel | $24,984
Sponsor: Prestige Cleaners

Charles Pilkey
Night (Coming Soon!)
Steel, Cast Bronze and Aluminum | Price Upon Request
Sponsor: Zoo Knoxville

Committee Chairs

Bart Watkins & Eddie Mannis


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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