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
2019: 10th Anniversary of Rhythm N’ Blooms

2019-2020 Co-Chairs

Dogwood Arts is honored to have Robin Wilhoit and Mike Berry serve as the 2019-2020 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.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Eric Botts, President
Mike Mangione, President Elect
Dino Cartwright, Secretary
Brent Thompson, At-Large
Ryan Shaw, Treasurer
Eric Bowen
Jane Brannon
Dr. Michelle Brewer
Shanna Browning
Ashleigh Christian
Jeremy Cook
Erin Cooper
Mel Evans
Jonathan Kerr
Kasandra Richardson
Clarence Vaughn III
John Weaver
Jonathan Williams
Tom Wright
Rene Yanes

Advisory Board

Patrick Birmingham
David Butler
Lanis Cope
Betsey Creekmore
Joan Cronan
Mike Edwards
Sam Furrow
Jennifer Holder
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
Bob Thomas