Art In Public Places Knoxville



Art comes in all shapes and sizes.

We invite you to experience some of the larger variety with Art in Public Places Knoxville, an annual exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures in Knoxville’s downtown public spaces and also at McGhee Tyson Airport. Click here for Maps.

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 Kenneth M. Thompson. Ken has been making sculpture for over thirty years out of his car-dealership-turned-studio in Blissfield, Michigan. From this facility he operates Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Galleries as well as Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

Where: Downtown Knoxville and McGhee Tyson Airport
When: April 1, 2016-March 10, 2017

2016 Art in Public Places Knoxville Prospectus & Application

2015 Awards

Best in show: Robbie Barber “Stroll in the Park”
2nd place: Ray Katz “Mantra”
3rd place: Gary Kulak “Windswept”
Honorable Mention: Adam Walls “Self Portrait”
Honorable Mention: Hanna Jubran “Allegro”

Committee Co-Chairs

Bart Watkins & Robmat Butler


Central Business Improvement District, Chapman Family Foundation, Emerson Process Management, Gerdau, Liz-Beth & Co., Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Mr. and Mrs. James Begalla, Layne Hays, Stuart Worden, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Prestige Cleaners, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Tennessee School of Beauty

To purchase a sculpture, please email