First Friday Exhibitions

On the first Friday of each month, downtown streets come alive for an evening of gallery openings and unique art experiences. Dogwood Arts’ monthly exhibitions feature our 15+ unique programs while supporting the creativity of local and regional artists.

Open Mic Night

August 3, 2018: Dogwood Arts is excited to host a First Friday Open Mic Night showcasing Knoxville’s budding musical talent from 6:00-8:30pm on Friday, August 3rd. Our doors will be propped wide open on with attentive ears and an open microphone. For anyone who can work up the courage, a stage awaits.

Art Slam!

September 7, 2018: Art Slam, a live art competition, will take place in Strong Alley from 5:30-8:30pm! Artists will create one-of-a-kind paintings that are auctioned to benefit Strong Alley’s urban mural program. 12 talented artists will be selected to participate in Art Slam. $600 in awards will be given to participating artists!

Artists apply to participate in Art Slam. Selected Artists will create unique artworks on large canvases (2’x3’ or 3’x3’) within a three hour time frame during the competition. Canvases are provided, but artists must bring all other materials to create their artworks onsite. Artists may sketch and paint one base color on their canvas prior to the event. Artworks must be original and should not include copyrighted images. 

Art Slam is sponsored by the Central Business Improvement DistrictThe Muse Knoxville.

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Maquette Exhibition

October 5, 2018: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the creation, awareness and understanding of sculpture nationwide, brings its conference to Knoxville, TN. For more information visit their website.

Art DeTour Preview

November 2, 2018: Dogwood Arts will host a preview party and exhibition of artwork created by artists who are participating in Art DeTour open studios. Witness the creative process and meet the talented artists and makers who call our region home.

Carl Gombert Exhibition

December 7, 2018: “Carl Gombert uses stamps – the kind sold in craft stores – to create black-and-white or color-filled mandalas, symbolic graphics usually in the form of a circle. He stamps the circles with rows of images from gnomes to skeletons to babies to crowns to bees to pop culture characters.” His playful large scale paintings will be on display for the entire month. Learn more about Carl’s Artwork click here.

First Friday Sponsors:

Artists, curators, and performers may apply to showcase their talents at Dogwood Arts (123 W. Jackson Ave). Contact for further details.