Art In Public Places


East Tennessee / May 2020 – March 2021 / Sculptures & Murals

The Art in Public Places program brings art outside, adding character and beauty to our city streets and spaces.  The program includes an annually rotating, outdoor sculpture exhibition and a large-scale mural program that is entering its second year. The sculptures are installed in prominent locations throughout Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Alcoa. This year’s ambitious collection of sculptures created by artists from across the nation has been selected by sculptor John Douglas Powers. Started in 2007 by Eddie Mannis and Bart Watkins, the Art in Public Places sculpture program has curated and installed over 240 works of art and gained national recognition as a platform for exhibiting world-class sculptors.

Artwork by Cathryn Bozone (right) and Fawne DeRosia (left)

The Art in Public Places Mural Program is focused on maintaining the freshness and impact of Strong Alley, encouraging new artists to add mural art to their repertoire, and working to develop other locations in the city as new mural sites. Dogwood Arts seeks to connect artists with additional resources and opportunities to produce murals in the alley. Artists may apply for funding to cover supplies, equipment, and other needs related to the creation of new artwork or the restoration of an existing mural.

Click Here for More Information About the Mural Program

2020 Sculpture Update

Two of the 2020 sculptures were installed in March before the COVID-19 situation caused Dogwood Arts to postpone the exhibition; information about those sculptures is below. We are anticipating the rest of the sculptures will be switched out at the beginning of May (barring no further mandates from the CDC/City of Knoxville). This year, the exhibition will include 22 pieces from artists working all across the country. Sculptures will be placed in Downtown Knoxville (Krutch Park & Country Music Park), at Zoo Knoxville, the UT Gardens, ORNL Federal Credit Union (Northshore & Oak Ridge Branches), McGhee Tyson Airport, and in Oak Ridge at the American Museum for Science & Energy and in Jackson Square.
Title: Truth #1
Artist: Peter Dellert
Material: Wood, Steel, Epoxy, Paint
Cost: $11,000
Sponsor: ZOO Knoxville
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Title: Indigenous
Artist: Nathan Pierce
Material: Powder Coated Steel & Paint
Cost: $14,000
Sponsor: Tennessee Arts Commission

Click Here to See the 2019 Sculpture Exhibition

Committee Chair

Joshua Shorey | BAPO Design


ORNL Federal Credit Union, Downtown Knoxville Alliance, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Prestige Cleaners, UT Gardens, Zoo Knoxville




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