Art In Public Places


Art Comes in All Shapes & 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 2, 2018-March 10, 2019

2018 Juror

Justin Rabideau attended The State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he received a BFA in Sculpture and Printmaking and the University of Georgia, receiving a MFA with a concentration in Sculpture. Justin moved to Atlanta in 2011 and is currently the Director of the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University. Since his time in Atlanta, he has been an exhibiting artist with Dashboard Co-op and an Artist in Studio Resident with The Creatives Project. Recent exhibits, projects, and residencies include site-specific installations for Ground Floor, Sumptuary, Goat Farm Art Center, Atlanta Beltline, Decatur Book Festival, New Orleans Airlift, Georgia Institute of Technology, solo and group exhibitions locally and regionally, and residencies at Hambidge Center for the Arts and Elsewhere.


2017 Juror Profile

Watch this short artist profile showing 2017 Juror John Douglas 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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