Dogwood Arts promotes & celebrates the art, culture and natural beauty of our region.

History of Dogwood Arts

In 1947, New York newspaper reporter John  Gunther, came into town, checked out the area, then returned to New York and wrote “Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. Its main street is called Gay Street; this seemed to me to be a misnomer.”  Thus, in 1955, members of the Knoxville Garden Club, led by Betsey Creekmore, Martha Ashe and Betsy Goodson, along with a group of concerned citizens with a vision began a civic beautification project… the Dogwood Trails.

Some Dogwood Arts milestones:
1955:  Dogwood Trails are established
1961:  First Dogwood Arts Festival
1970:  Bob Hope appears at Festival
1972:  Elvis Presley performs at Stokley Athletics Center
1977:  First Limited Edition Print
1978:  House & Garden Show established
1979:  A Very Special Arts Festival established
2009:  Bazillion Blooms and Chalk Walk established
2010:  Dogwood Arts Festival celebrates 50 years
2014: 60th Anniversary of the Dogwood Trails
2018: 40th Anniversary of the House & Garden Show
2018: 10th Anniversary of Chalk Walk
2018: 10th Anniversary of Bazillion Blooms

2018-2019 Co-Chairs

Dogwood Arts is honored to have Ashleigh Christian and Clarence L. Vaughn, III serve as the 2018-2019 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs. Since 1961, Dogwood Arts has been represented by two prominent community leaders who are selected annually to act as ambassadors of our organization. Dogwood Arts Co-chairs are proud of our East Tennessee community and committed to helping further the mission of Dogwood Arts.

Read more about our 2019 Co-Chairs HERE.

 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Shanna Browning, President
Eric Botts, President Elect
Mike Mangione, Secretary
Ryan Shaw, Treasurer
Jim Dodson, At-Large
Jane Brannon
Dr. Michele Brewer
Brandon Bruce
Dino Cartwright
Erin Donovan
Mel Evans
Jennifer Holder
Jonathan Kerr
Bob Thomas
Brent Thompson
John Weaver
Tom Wright

Advisory Board

Patrick Birmingham
David Butler
Lanis Cope
Betsey Creekmore
Joan Cronan
Mike Edwards
Sam Furrow
Dale Keasling
Lloyd King
Bill Lyons
Eddie Mannis
Mike McClamroch
Alvin Nance
Brandon Parks
Sharon Miller Pryse
Rhonda Rice
L. Caesar Stair, III
William B. Stokely, IV