123 W. Jackson Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Main Office: (865) 637.4561
Fax: (865) 546.2213

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Dogwood Arts :: Staff

Executive Director: Sherry Jenkins

Phone: 865.637.4561

Sherry Jenkins is the new Executive Director of Dogwood Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to promoting and celebrating the arts, culture and natural beauty of our region. Sherry is a Knoxville native and graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining our staff in October of 2017, Sherry was Vice President of Operations at National Services, LLC, a privately held nationwide service and project management firm where she played an integral role in the growth of the business over her 18 year tenure. Beginning her career as a Graphic Designer at Plasti-line, Inc. and later as Art Director at Bacon and Company in the mid-90s, she developed an appreciation for the impact of good design and the important role of artistic influence in society. Sherry is a long-time supporter of the arts in our community, has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2014, and has been an enthusiastic volunteer working diligently on several Dogwood Arts events for years. She also has a long history as a breast cancer fundraiser and spent countless hours developing, organizing and hosting events for that endeavor for more than a decade. She believes fiercely in the importance of community, volunteerism, and support of the arts and is excited to be joining the efforts of the Dogwood Arts organization in a full-time role.

Alaine McBee

 Director of Programs: Alaine S. McBee

Direct phone: 865.246.4398

Alaine joined Dogwood Arts in July 2008, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience managing a variety of community-wide events.  Serving ten years as Events Manager at the largest local media company, Alaine executed the highly successful Women Today Expo, drawing more than 40,000 attendees every year.  Other events she managed include the News Sentinel Auto Show and semi-annual Job Fair.  Prior to joining the News Sentinel, Alaine worked in the marketing department at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center where she managed a variety of community health events.  She has broad experience in budget management, sponsorships, program development, quality control, vendor, and exhibitor relations.

 Program Manager: Garrett Thomson

Direct phone: 865.246.4393

Garrett signed on with Dogwood Arts in December of 2014.  The Knoxville native graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a  B.S. in Mass Communications and went on to build a career history in the music industry.  He brings a depth of experience to the Dogwood Arts team including: live entertainment, concert promotion, digital marketing, web development, event management, and product development.  He also enjoys supporting and enjoying local arts and music.


Vicki B Program Manager: Vicki Williams Baumgartner

Phone: 865.637.4561

A great lover of all things botanical, Vicki joined the Dogwood Arts team in September 2015 as Project Manager, coordinating the outdoor component of our programming. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Vicki has long enjoyed springtime in Knoxville, the many activities of Dogwood and the magical beauty of the miles of dogwood trails. She has served on the Dogwood Arts board and volunteered on several committees including Bazillion Blooms, Dogwood After Dark, the Market Square Art Fair [now Dogwood Arts Festival] and co-chair of the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show. Her recent work includes the position of Interim Director at The Knoxville Botanical Garden, where she enjoyed expanding their special events program to include several festive outdoor garden parties. She has also served on the board of Random Acts of Flowers, and The French Broad Preservation Association.

Kate Creason

Program Manager: Kate Creason

Phone: 865.637.4561

Kate loves connecting artists to opportunity. As Dogwood Arts’ newest Project Manager, she coordinates our arts programming. Kate studied fine art at the University of Tennessee before going on to study architecture at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining us in Knoxville, Kate served as executive director of MakeWork, an initiative that empowers artists with financial support, resources and showcase opportunities in Chattanooga, and she has also worked on creative placemaking initiatives in Detroit and Cincinnati.

Media Coordinator: Shannon Herron

Phone: 865.637.4561

Shannon Herron is a Knoxville native who is passionate about our Scruffy Little City and all that it has to offer. Shannon holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Transmedia Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Two-Dimensional Art from the University of Tennessee. He has most recently served as a Program Coordinator and Graphic Designer for the Center for Student Engagement at the University of Tennessee where he oversaw the marketing and design for over 65 events annually.