As a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1965, Dogwood Arts has a long history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, we produce year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work and play.




  • Appreciation of the arts as an integral part of the cultural fabric of Knoxville. Dogwood Arts plays an important role in promoting and celebrating the art, culture, and natural beauty of our region. As a project manager helping to produce our Arts programming, you must be an ambassador for the entire community of artists/makers working here and must be committed to helping facilitate their efforts to make a living creating art.

  • Flexibility - We have a small staff who work in a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility in daily work assignments as well as weekly work schedules. While we mostly work regular business hours through the week when planning and facilitating our events, the events themselves are generally after hours and on weekends.

  • Ability to work appropriately and professionally with all types of people - we work closely with government officials, large corporate sponsors, private donors, City and County employees, artists, musicians, vendors, and volunteers so personalities, skills, and experience vary widely. We also do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. All staff are expected to comply with this policy.

  • Collaborative work style - staff interacts on a daily basis and our office environment is built around creative brainstorming and group problem solving. You must be someone who can offer opinions and feedback appropriately and can handle receiving feedback and opinions from other team members as we all work together to make Dogwood Arts the very best it can be for all involved.

  • Self-motivated with an organized work ethic - our environment is timeline oriented and sometimes hectic. It may be necessary for you to work independently to stay on schedule without supervision. You must also be able to ask questions if you feel like you have not been given enough direction to continue.



  • Bachelor's degree and/or 3-5 years experience in a related field

  • Demonstrable organizational skills/work history related to visual arts exhibitions, events management, or other types of project management

  • Proficiency with required desktop tools including Excel/Sheets and Word/Pages - Experience with other types of software including project management platforms is a plus



This position reports to our Visual Arts Program Manager, Emily Curran. She will provide oversight and direction on daily job requirements as follows:


Relationship Building

  • Refine and enhance existing artist contacts tracking and communication

  • Engage with the artistic community locally, regionally, and nationally to continue to grow the Dogwood Arts contacts list for all types of artists

  • Work closely with the Creative/Marketing Director to develop a communication strategy that targets things that artists and art lovers care about

  • Network with potential sponsors and property owners to help expand programming opportunities especially in regard to the Sculpture and Mural programs


Exhibition, Festival, & Event Management/Coordination: 


  • Works alongside all other staff in support of year-round planning, promotion & production of Dogwood Arts events and programs

  • Takes a lead role in the management of Arts-related programs as directed by the Visual Arts Program Manager including setting deadlines, making budget decisions, overseeing the look and feel of the event, leading committee meetings, directing contract support, etc. as applicable

  • Assists with load-in, set up, and load out as required for all events - Works in whatever role as needed during the event including setup, ticket sales, merchandise sales, food & beverage sales, clean up, gate monitoring, crowd control, etc.

  • Strives for excellence and works to maintain authenticity and relevance for all current and future events/programs

  • Expands the impact of Dogwood Arts programs on the community and works to raise the profile of the organization on a local, regional, and national basis


Current programs that include opportunities for artists to participate:

  • A Very Special Arts Festival

  • Art Kits for Kids

  • Art in Public Places_Murals, Sculptures, & special projects

  • Art Slam

  • Chalk Walk Festival

  • Dogwood Arts Festival

  • First Friday Exhibitions

  • House & Garden Show

  • Regional Art Exhibition

  • Southern Skies Music Festival

  • Synergy: K-12 Student & Art Educator Exhibitions

  • Maker Exchange exhibits & events


Salary Range:  $40-$50K annually commensurate with skills and experience

If interested, email resumé to Sherry Jenkins, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts, at sjenkins@dogwoodarts.com