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The Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition showcases fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists throughout our region. The juried exhibition takes place annually in June at the  Emporium Center 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. ​

Artworks must have been completed in the last two years (by artists 18 years of age and older) that permanently live within 500 miles of Downtown Knoxville. Please read the Prospectus for more information.


  • Exhibition: On Display August 2023

  • Application Opens: February 7, 2023

  • Application Due: April 3, 2023



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.