Chalk Walk


Turning Sidewalks into Canvases!

The Chalk Walk remains one of the fan favorites among our visitors in April! The street painting festival, whose origination as a featured event of Dogwood Arts, drew inspiration from a 16th century Italian happening, turns Knoxville’s downtown sidewalks into a seemingly infinite canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. Dogwood Arts brings this event to Knoxville once again to continue to educate visitors and artists, alike, of this lost art in hopes of keeping it alive for future generations.

Chalk Walk is our largest-community driven event, and is open to the public where novice and professional artists alike can apply for a space on historic Market Square to ‘chalk.’ Over 25,000 people attend this one-day event, and the winning artists are presented a ribbons and cash awards.

Chalk Walk will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Krutch Park and Market Square. Artists begin working at 8:30 am and conclude by 4:30 pm.

Where: Market Square & Krutch Park
When: Saturday, April 1
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
How Much: Free

Learn how to make your own chalk with Kathy Slocum! View our demo video below:


CHALK WALK IS FULL-If you submitted your name on the Chalk Walk waiting list, you will be notified of your status by March 20th. 


Want to sponsor a Chalk Walk Square for $25? 

Your investment celebrates Knoxville’s creativity and allows us to produce a vibrant festival. Funding will cover event expenses, chalk, and artist awards. Click Here


Kathy Slocum and Jim Dodson

Presenting Sponsor


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Best of Show

Jessi Queen – “Adele Not Adele”

People’s Choice

Ryne Sandberg – “Old Man”

T-shirt Award

Christine Cobble – “Koi”

Elementary, Single Artist

1st: Easton Bullard
2nd: Megan McElroy
3rd: Lily Segars

Elementary, Collaborative

1st: Sequoyah Elementary
2nd: Madeline Phillips, Ava Campbell, Lexi Van Dyk
3rd: Merilee Guyotte, Julia Zabek, Ashley Watermier, Aggie Eckles

Middle School, Single Artist

1st: Joseph Cocan
2nd: Kiri Nelson
3rd: Macayla Dunn

Middle School, Collaborative

1st: Vine Middle Magnet
2nd:Ean Dalton, Ginny Miller
Bearden Middle School

High School, Single Artist

1st: Shannon Stooksbury
2nd: Kaitlyn Merli
3rd: Jessica Ilgner

High School, Collaborative

1st: Bearden High School Art Team
2nd: Tiffany Martin, Raina Nief, Abby Hamilton
3rd: Bearden National Honor Society

College, Single Artist

1st: Laryn Darby
2nd: Justin Gunnels
3rd: Courtney Booth

College, Collaborative

1st: National Art Education Associate Student Chapter UTK
2nd: Ellen Clark, Allison Davis, Rita Schmid, Will Crofford
3rd: Kelsey Copeland, Isaac Bradbury

Adult, Single Artist

1st: Christine Cobble
2nd: Jessie Ward
3rd: Katie Bush

Adult, Collaborative

1st: Elizabeth Lynch, Jerry Lewis
2nd: DeLena Feliciano, Lindsay Patterson, Kate Faulkner, Anne Rochelle
3rd: Kathy Lyon, Touramme Nguyen


1st: Jeff & Emory Cross
2nd: Kevin & Channing Gentry
3rd: John & AJ Thayer