Art Slam

Join us for a live art competition in Strong Alley on Friday, September 6th (First Friday)! Some of Knoxville’s most talented artists will have 3 hours to create one-of-a-kind paintings that will be auctioned off to benefit the Art in Public Places Mural Program. New this year: we will be Art Slamming a CAR! MINI of Knoxville has provided a Mini Cooper that will be painted in the alley during the event!

2019 Participants include: Jennifer Brickey, Stephen Carcello, Antuco Chicaiza, Curtis Glover, Beth Meadows, Megan Lingerfelt, Kara Lockmiller, Chance Losher, Sarah Moore, Gwyn Pevonka, Mary Stephens-Bogart, James Taylor, Lauryn Darby, and Kayley Hall.

Watch this art in action under the lights in Strong Alley and bid on your favorites. This year, the auction will be online so you can participate even if you aren’t able to attend the event. Strong Alley is located between Gay Street and Market Square (the highest-traffic and most photographed alley in town with incredible murals). You can enter from either Wall Avenue or Union Avenue.


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Bidding will close Sunday, September 22nd at 11PM.

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Art Slam is hosted by Dogwood Arts and sponsored by Downtown Knoxville Alliance. Inclement weather will cancel this event, but don’t worry! We will reschedule to best accommodate our artists.

Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. For more information, visit or call (865) 637-4561.