The Dogwood Gallery features monthly-rotating exhibitions by local and regional artists. On the First Friday of each month, we host an opening reception for the new exhibition from 5-8PM as a part of the Downtown Knoxville Art Walk. Explore galleries, studios, and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and at a variety of venues; drop in restaurants along the way and treat yourself to drinks and great food.

As you arrive downtown, look for ArtWalk flags to guide your way to events that are free and open to the public. Every month – year-round – brings fresh new exhibits, performances, dining opportunities, and special events. 

First Fridays at Dogwood Arts are sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union and Ashe's Wine & Spirits. 

  • Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

  • Address: 123 W. Jackson Avenue 

Interested in showing your work with us? Click HERE to fill out an Interest Form!



Epiphone Guitar Design Exhibition 

Exhibition Dates:

September 3-24, 2021

Opening Reception:

September 3, 2021 / 5-8PM


Old is New: Old City Photography Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:

October 1-29, 2021

Opening Reception:

October 1, 2021 / 5-8PM

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Voices of Appalachia Exhibition by Brian Melton

Exhibition Dates:

November 5th - December 17th

Opening Reception:

November 5, 2021 / 5-8PM


September 3-24, 2021


Dogwood Arts partnered with the Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga to give 19 students the chance to design and paint guitars provided by Epiphone. The guitars will be on exhibition in the gallery at Dogwood Arts for the month of September before moving to the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, where they will be on display October 1-29th.


Local singer/songwriter Zack Miles will be joining us for live music from 5:30-8PM on First Friday!


The exhibition features work by students from the L&N Stem Academy, Grace Christian Academy, Halls Middle School, Bearden Middle School, Concord Christian School, Walker Valley High School, Hixson High School, The Howard School, McCallie School, Jefferson Middle School, Girls Preparatory School, The Howard School, Central High School, and several homeschooled students.


The online auction will be live September 3rd - October 31st with proceeds benefiting youth art + music programs hosted by Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation. 

Old is New: Photographs of Knoxville's Historic Old City by Beau Branton, Yousef Sindi, Jared Worsham, and Lindsey Worthington

October 1-29, 2021

A new perspective on the Old City, the exhibition features work from four emerging fine art photographers living and working in Knoxville. From protests and cultural celebrations to the changing of seasons against a backdrop of historic architecture, the exhibition celebrates the unique neighborhood that we call home.

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 1st from 5-8PM

  • Address: 123 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

  • Exhibition on Display: October 1-29th

  • Regular Gallery Hours: 10AM-5PM (M-F)

Work included in the exhibition can be purchased from the link below

Voices of Appalachia: Brian Melton

November 5 - December 17, 2021

Brian Melton is a self-taught artist and public school teacher who loves the challenge of creating works of figurative realism in wood using traditional hand tools. Although a new artist with only a few years of experience, Melton is rapidly emerging. Voices of Appalachia is a direct response to the gross misrepresentation and common stereotypes associated with the people of this region. Brian hopes that this series will showcase beautiful folks who call these mountains and hills home.