Our Art Programs are designed to promote professional artists, emerging artists, and young aspiring artists. Professional artists embrace opportunities such as our long-standing Dogwood Arts Festival and our Art In Public Places Sculpture program. Emerging artists often engage in our mural program, Chalk Walk event, and sell their artwork at our markets. Youth artists participate in the popular Chalk Walk, our Epiphone Guitar Design contest, A Very Special Arts Festival, and Synergy Exhibition. 

Our newest initiative, Art Kits for Kids, has provided free art and educational supplies to over 3,000 children in East Tennessee. 

ART PROGRAMS

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ART PROGRAMS

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ART IN PUBLIC PLACES

MURAL PROGRAM

To further advance existing creative efforts in downtown Knoxville, we seek to connect artists with additional resources and opportunities to produce murals in the heart of the city. Artists may apply for funding to cover supplies, equipment, and other needs related to the creation of new artworks.

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ART IN PUBLIC PLACES

SCULPTURE PROGRAM

A world-class exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures enlivens downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, Zoo Knoxville, The Muse Children’s Museum, ORNL Federal Credit Union branches, and Jackson Square.

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ART KITS FOR KIDS

The Art Kits for Kids program provides free art and educational supplies to students in need across East Tennessee. The Kits are distributed through partnerships with nonprofit organizations that serve youth in East Tennessee.

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CHALK WALK

APRIL 3-12, 2021

This virtual, community-wide event encourages artists of all ages to create one-of-a-kind chalk artworks on neighborhood sidewalks, driveways, and community spaces!

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DOGWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL

APRIL 23-25, 2021

This spring celebration features a fine art market, live music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids and adults. The Festival is located on bustling Market Square and adjoining Krutch Park set against a canvas of blossoming trees and outdoor sculptures.

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FIRST FRIDAY: ART WALK

EXHIBITIONS

On the First Friday of each month, downtown galleries and shops unveil new exhibitions and host open houses to promote the arts in our community. Dogwood Arts hosts a different artist or artist collective in our Gallery located at 123 W. Jackson Avenue.

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REGIONAL ART EXHIBITION

JUNE 2021

Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established regional artists will be showcased at the Emporium Center Gallery.

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YOUTH ART PROGRAMS

SYNERGY, EPIPHONE GUITAR DESIGN CONTEST, A VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Investing in the next generation of artists is more important than ever before. Our youth art exhibitions, contests, and events, encourage our youngest artists to express themselves and get creative.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

MEGAN LINGERFELT

Megan Lingerfelt uses oil and water based mediums to draft the intricate elements of man made forms.  Her work focuses on structures with repetition, deep shadows, and luminous reflections as a means to explore the relationships between object and user.  Discovering new paths for efficiency in order to streamline our lives, bit by bit we push and follow the industrial evolution.  

She lives in Knoxville, TN.