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August 2-30, 2024 | Emporium Center & Dogwood Gallery

The Dogwood Regional Exhibition showcases fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists throughout our region. The juried exhibition takes place annually in August at the Emporium Center and Dogwood Gallery in Downtown Knoxville. An independent juror with significant ties to local, regional and national creative culture reviews each application, selects the participants, and awards over $2,000 to participating artists. ​

2024 Participating Artists: Lauren Adams, Michael Baggarly, Stacia Baldwin, Keith Bryant , Jordan Butzine, Michelle Carr, Caitlyn Clark,* Virginia Derryberry, Vincent Drake, Garrett Durland, Nathaniel Ely, Robert Felker, Gordon Fowler, Deana Fulton, Hannah Hancock, Kathy Holland, Tyler Jamison, Donald Keefe, Gaiane Khachaturian, Hannah Langer,* Carolina Lebar, Megan Lingerfelt, Gared Luquet, Elysia Mann, David Marquez, Brian Melton, Allison Meriwether, Caroline Murphy, Leslie Nichols, Michael Nichols,* Brent Oglesbee, Carrie Pendergrass, Amber Purdy, Jacob Robertson, Wesley Roden,* Autumn Roe,* Adam Rowe, Dennis Sabo, Stephen Simmerman, Kelly Spell, Sarah Spillers, Eric Standley*, Jason Stout, Sarah Stringfellow, Sonia Summers, Marc Ward, Chase Williamson, Megan Wolfkill, and Laura Woodson.

*Artists with an asterisk will exhibit their work in the Dogwood Gallery // This space is an extension of the exhibition at the Emporium Center that will include large-scale installations by 5 artists. 

2024 JUROR: Chris McAdoo | Chris McAdoo is an artist, strategist, and creative professional living in East Tennessee who believes that creativity can change the world. His work is intensely autobiographical and uses paint and canvas to focus on “the stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves, and the liminal space between those two shores”. His paintings and original prints have been featured in numerous exhibitions, private collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for over twenty years. Chris is also an accomplished speaker and podcast host, traveling all over the United States, focusing on the power of creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and the practice of design.See more of his work at

We are expanding the exhibition to include additional space for installations in the Dogwood Arts Gallery (just down the street from the Emporium Center). Selected artists will have from Tuesday, July 23rd - Thursday, August 1st to complete the installation. This may include large-scale sculptural work and/or site-specific installations of any kind. There will be a materials stipend up to $700 (to be reimbursed with receipts) based on scale and level of involvement.


  • Application Opens: Thursday, April 18th

  • Application Deadline: Monday, May 20th at 11:59PM

  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday, May 31st

  • Artist delivers work to the Emporium: Monday, July 29th between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST).

    • Artists may also deliver/ship artwork to the Dogwood Arts Office (123 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN) July 22-26th.

  • Opening/public reception: First Friday, August 2nd from 5:00-9:00 PM 

  • Exhibition dates: August 2-30, 2024

  • Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Pick-up of work: Tuesday, September 3rd from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 




The Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition showcases fine art of all styles and genres from progressive and emerging artists within a seven-state radius. Knoxville-based painter, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, will jury the exhibition and award cash prizes totaling $2,000 at the opening reception on June 3rd. The 2022 exhibition features 46 artworks completed in the last two years by local and regional artists. 


The 45 artists included in the exhibition are: Debbie Alley, Griffin Allman, Nicholas Bell, Denice Bizot, Antuco Chicaiza, Morena Constantinou, Raven Cordy, Virginia Derryberry, Jim Dodson, Gregory Dorsey Jr., Vincent Drake, Haleigh Eicher, Erica Entrop, Benjamin Fox-McCord, Hilari Frederick, Carl Gombert, Travis Graves, Hannah Hancock, Briena Harmening, Joanna Henry, Kelly Hider, Kathy Holland, Brian Horais, Greg Howser, Charles Jones, Vickie Kallies Lee, Lauren Karnitz, Noah Lagle, Ashton Ludden, Allison Meriwether, Jake Miller, Michael Nichols, Leslie Nichols, Brent Oglesbee, Clay Palmer, Marcy Parks, Yvonne Petkus, Shawn Quilliams, Hanna Seggerman, Kathleen Slocum, Laurie Szilvagyi, Keith Thomson, David Underwood, Chase Williamson, and Mandy Wilson.


About the Juror: Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville, TN since 1986. Sanabria paints both hyper-realist “portraits” of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts. The anthropomorphic narratives often are reflections on human behavior. She is also known for her life size charcoal portrait drawings on plywood, which are cut out, mounted on wood bases, and staged in conceptual installations.


Her work is included in various museums, private, and corporate collections including: The Tennessee State Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Firstbank TN, Pinnacle Banks, Omni and Opryland Hotels, Scripps Networks, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Jewelry Television, TriStar Energy, and the corporate offices of McGhee Tyson Airport.



The 2021 Regional Art Exhibition showcased fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists throughout our region. The juried exhibition was on display in the upper gallery at the Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville from June 4-25, 2021. 

The exhibition was juried by Althea Murphy-Price. Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. Her artwork has been shown widely throughout the country as well as international cities in Spain, China, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Her writings and work have been featured in such publications as Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, and Printmakers Today. Visit her website: