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.

  • 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 Art Guitar Design Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:

May 6-31, 2022

Opening Reception:

May 6, 2022 / 5-8PM


Regional Art Exhibition (Emporium Center)

Exhibition Dates:

June 3-24, 2022

Opening Reception:

June 3, 2022 / 5-9PM



May 6-31, 2022

Join us on Friday, May 6th from 5-8PM for the First Friday opening reception of the "2022 Epiphone Student Art Guitar Exhibition + Auction." The exhibition includes 20 guitars designed by youth artists from across East Tennessee. Professional artist Curtis Glover also designed and painted a guitar for the fundraiser this year [cover photo]! The First Friday opening reception will include live music featuring Brooks Coker & Alex Carter.


The guitars were on display at the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga during the month of April and are moving to the Dogwood Arts Gallery in Knoxville during the month of May. Each guitar is available for auction online with proceeds benefitting Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation’s youth art programs.


The exhibition will be on display at Dogwood Arts from May 6-31st. Several of the guitars will also be on display at the Southern Skies Music Festival on Saturday, May 14th in World's Fair Park. Bid online through May 31st here:


This exhibition is presented by the Gibson Foundation & Epiphone with support from ORNL Federal Credit Union, Dogwood Arts, and the Songbirds Foundation. For more information call (865) 637-4561.


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Voices of Appalachia by Brian Melton

Exhibition Dates:

November 5th - December 17th

Opening Reception:

November 5, 2021 / 5-8PM


Old is New: Old City Photography Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:

October 1-29, 2021

Opening Reception:

October 1, 2021 / 5-8PM


Epiphone Guitar Design Exhibition 

Exhibition Dates:

September 3-24, 2021

Opening Reception:

September 3, 2021 / 5-8PM


January 10-February 25, 2022


Michelle Barillaro is an abstract painter based in Knoxville, TN. She works with a wide variety of mediums and enjoys discovering new ways to bring her work to life. Michelle Barillaro was born in Gainesville, FL in 1969. She moved down to South Florida just a short time later and essentially grew up on the beach. Her love for the saturated colors and tranquility of this tropical environment was deeply instilled. Michelle was also drawn to the built environment. She moved to Tennessee to attend the UT School of Architecture in Knoxville. After completing her degree in architecture, Michelle stayed in East Tennessee and absorbed its natural beauty, which was very different from Florida.

Michelle always enjoyed art classes offered at school, getting creative at home, and the occasional art workshop outside of school. In college she took multiple ceramics courses, in addition to honing her sketching and drawing skills related to architecture. It wasn’t until 2017 that Michelle took an 8-week evening workshop on mixed media at her local community art center that the passion for creating — specifically painting — was reignited. The time was right: she had studio space, an almost adult daughter so more free time, and support from friends and family.

Abstracts have always been a constant. At a young age for Michelle, that meant photographing that unique collage of found objects or seemingly mundane images most people overlooked.  When she traveled, Michelle bought abstract art. She was given an abstract painting from her grandmother because no one else wanted it. And now abstracts — those that feel soft and moody, those that are linear and architectural, those that are suggestive of a sea or landscape — are what Michelle paints. The colors of Florida are very recognizable, as are the suggestion of the hills of Tennessee. Michelle finds personal pleasure in abstracts because they allow the viewer to see something in them related to their own personal experiences and dreams. This is often an interpretation unique to that of the artist. She prefers to paint on wood, with acrylics or oil & cold wax. Each medium lends itself to different techniques for layering and subtracting paint with household tools and brushes until the perfect composition is realized.  See more of her work at

Vickie J Bradshaw is a Southern Appalachian-based artist who has been making art for the last thirty years across a variety of mediums.  As a teacher at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, she is currently teaching metals  classes as well as working with torched-fired enamels.  She is especially interested in mixed-media art and the functionality of found objects.  She received her BFA from Memphis College of Arts. See more of her work at

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.

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)


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.