Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Museum of Art Celebrating East TN’s rich, diverse visual culture & its connections to wider currents of world art. FREE ADMISSION!
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Welcome to the official page of the Knoxville Museum of Art! Our goal is to educate and inspire people through the visual arts, with a focus on the art and artists of East Tennessee and their dialogue with the wider world. Across all social media platforms, we strive to create informative and engaging content about our collection, exhibitions, public programs, relevant news items, and mor

e. In order to foster a positive social media community experience for all, the KMA encourages users to interact with respect, courtesy, and good intent. By using this page, you agree to comply with the Facebook Community Standards (https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards) and the KMA's social media community guidelines (https://knoxart.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/KMA-Social-Media-Guidelines.pdf). Posts that are disparaging, threatening, defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, discriminatory, violent, pornographic, use foul language or promote criminal activity will be taken down. Advertisements, commercial postings, spam, or solicitations are not allowed. User posts or comments represent the thoughts and opinions of the individual publishing the comment and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or endorsement by the KMA. We do not review or moderate all comments, but we reserve the right to remove any of the content described above and block or report users who share such content. We thank you for being a part of our Facebook community and for engaging in thoughtful, respectful dialogue on our page.

Spending valuable time with your bestie is priceless...and so is admission to the Knoxville Museum of Art! 🥰We're incred...
02/02/2024

Spending valuable time with your bestie is priceless...and so is admission to the Knoxville Museum of Art! 🥰

We're incredibly grateful to Emerson for their support this month. Free admission is only possible with the help of generous sponsors like them. Visit us free of charge Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm!

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02/01/2024

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"Painters can change and rework their creations, but a good photograph is something you find." —Photographer Danny Lyon🎨...
01/31/2024

"Painters can change and rework their creations, but a good photograph is something you find." —Photographer Danny Lyon

🎨 Danny Lyon (Brooklyn 1942; lives and works in New Mexico), "Tennessee Valley Fair," Knoxville, 1967, gelatin silver print from a unique Knoxville 1967 portfolio printed by the artist for the KMA, 2014, 11 x 14 inches, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2014 purchase with funds provided by Maribel Koella and Chuck Jones

01/29/2024

On view at the KMA January 26-28, and at YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley February 2 for First Friday.

01/27/2024
KMA's new exhibition with artist Carmen Winant, “A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures,” is now open to the public!...
01/26/2024

KMA's new exhibition with artist Carmen Winant, “A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures,” is now open to the public!

“A Brand New End” features photo-based work by .winant that illuminates the often-invisible experiences of women, as well as feminist strategies for survival, revolt, self-determination and achieving personal agency. Developed through intensive research—a hallmark of her category-defying practice—these newly commissioned works incorporate archival materials from Women In Transition (.philly) and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (). This unique collaboration brings together an artist and social service organizations to probe the problems and possibilities of picturing domestic violence.

✨On view at the Knoxville Museum of Art through April 14. Admission is FREE!

SNEAK PEEK! 👀Artist Carmen Winant and the KMA curatorial team have been hard at work this week preparing for the opening...
01/26/2024

SNEAK PEEK! 👀

Artist Carmen Winant and the KMA curatorial team have been hard at work this week preparing for the opening of her exhibition "A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures."

We hope that you can join us tomorrow for the opening reception from 5:30-7:30pm! Winant's Artist Talk begins at 6pm. FREE & open to the public with a cash bar.

Can't wait for the return of Artists on Location this spring! 🙌
01/24/2024

Can't wait for the return of Artists on Location this spring! 🙌

In a few months, artists will be set up all over Knoxville, painting the natural beauty of our city. The guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art is bringing back "Artists on Location".

The snow was beautiful, but we're ready for a new look...Put on your best outfit and join us Friday evening from 5:30-7:...
01/24/2024

The snow was beautiful, but we're ready for a new look...

Put on your best outfit and join us Friday evening from 5:30-7:30pm for the opening of the exhibition "Carmen Winant A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures." Artist Carmen Winant’s large-scale collages and installations illuminate the often-invisible experiences of women, as well as feminist strategies for survival, revolt, and self-determination.

➡️ Artist gallery talk begins at 6pm. Free & open to the public. Cash bar.

01/22/2024
01/22/2024

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Still stuck under all this snow and ice!We can't wait to see you all again next week. 👋 Visit us Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-...
01/21/2024

Still stuck under all this snow and ice!

We can't wait to see you all again next week. 👋 Visit us Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm.

🎨 Julie (Warren Martin) Conn (Knoxville 1943; lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky), "Laocoön," 1992, carved Tennessee marble, 25 x 36 x 9 inches, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1995 gift of the artist

For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, the Knoxville Museum of Art will remain closed Friday 1/19/24, Sa...
01/19/2024

For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, the Knoxville Museum of Art will remain closed Friday 1/19/24, Saturday 1/20/24, and Sunday 1/21/24. We look forward to seeing everyone again next week!

🎨 Eliot Porter (Winnetka, Illinois 1901-1990 Santa Fe), "Tree and Mountain Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee," 1969, dye-transfer print, printed early 1980s, 10 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2015 purchase with funds provided by Ellen R. "Sis" Mitchell

Wishing we were here right now! Due to the continuing winter weather and hazardous driving conditions, however, the KMA ...
01/18/2024

Wishing we were here right now! Due to the continuing winter weather and hazardous driving conditions, however, the KMA will not be open to the public today. 🫶 Stay safe and warm!

❄️SNOW DAY! Due to inclement weather, the KMA will be CLOSED again tomorrow, January 17, 2024.
01/16/2024

❄️SNOW DAY!

Due to inclement weather, the KMA will be CLOSED again tomorrow, January 17, 2024.

01/11/2024

The Knoxville Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Steven Matijcio as the museum’s new executive director. Currently director and chief curator at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University…

Dear Friends of the KMA,By the time you're reading this, I’ll already be adjusting to my new status as the former execut...
01/11/2024

Dear Friends of the KMA,

By the time you're reading this, I’ll already be adjusting to my new status as the former executive director of the KMA. What an honor and privilege it’s been to be part of such a great organization! I’m looking forward to doing new things in retirement, but will dearly miss a job I love and the staff, volunteers, trustees, and extended KMA family who have come to mean so much to me.

I feel good about leaving knowing that the KMA is in such solid shape. The new, greatly expanded installation of Higher Ground that just opened represents a strong statement of the KMA’s mission and identity as an organization--deeply rooted in, but not confined to, East Tennessee--that resonates powerfully with our stakeholders and audiences. The growth and development of Higher Ground has contributed greatly to an ongoing community-wide effort to unearth stories that had been lost or buried. The KMA is today a more inclusive institution, in which more segments of our community can see themselves represented, but there’s still a long way to go. A broad base of donors, including generous and committed members like you, and auxiliary groups like the Guild, Art House, and Collectors Circle, will sustain and build on the KMA’s progress. It’s particularly exciting at this critical juncture in the KMA’s history to receive Ann & Steve Bailey’s transformational $3 million gift to endow the executive director’s position. The future looks bright indeed.

I also feel good about my successor. Steven Matijcio, who currently serves as director and chief curator at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, begins his tenure as KMA executive director in early March. Steven comes to the KMA with a wealth of curatorial and administrative experience and a solid track record of engagement with contemporary art and artists at a global level. Prior to coming to the Blaffer, Steven served as curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio (2013-2019) and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2008-2013), and previously held positions in a number of important galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg; Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Art Gallery of Ontario; and National Gallery of Canada. He holds a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. Steven is very much looking forward to coming to Knoxville with his wife Anita and new baby Maija Rose. I know you will welcome them warmly.

I want to thank each of you, if I haven’t been able to do so one-on-one, for your support, encouragement, and engagement over these many years. I have gotten a ton of credit and praise for what the KMA has achieved, but none of it would have happened without you. I am very grateful!

Have a wonderful New Year, and enjoy the great exhibitions, programs, and activities planned for this season at the KMA.

Thank you!
David Butler

Calling all parents and guardians! 🗣️ Did you know about the Knoxville Museum of Art's Creative Corner? It's not just a ...
01/11/2024

Calling all parents and guardians! 🗣️ Did you know about the Knoxville Museum of Art's Creative Corner? It's not just a play area; it's a haven for your little ones to explore and express their artistic side!

What makes Creative Corner special?

🖌️ Hands-on Activities: Dive into a world of creativity with interactive projects that spark imagination and skill development.

📚 Books Galore: Let your little bookworms explore a variety of art-related books to fuel their curiosity and love for storytelling.

🎨 Drawing Easels: Transform ideas into reality! Our drawing easels provide the perfect canvas for young artists to bring their visions to life.

💡 Wall Light Board: Illuminate creativity with our special light board – a unique way for kids to create dazzling artwork that glows!

And the best part of all is that admission is FREE! Visit Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.

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01/10/2024

specialty plates help fund all kinds of Arts programs across the state of TN. Here at in Knoxville, we hope you consider switching to a plate to help us educate students in our community. If you already have a plate, thanks!

That look you get when you realize admission to the Knoxville Museum of Art is FREE.Thanks for visiting 😁 lilah_style!
01/10/2024

That look you get when you realize admission to the Knoxville Museum of Art is FREE.

Thanks for visiting 😁 lilah_style!

01/08/2024
Only a few tickets left! 💥 Your last chance to purchase tickets to the L'Amour du Vin Artist's Luncheon is Tuesday, Janu...
01/06/2024

Only a few tickets left! 💥 Your last chance to purchase tickets to the L'Amour du Vin Artist's Luncheon is Tuesday, January 9!

Back due to popular demand!

Carl Sublett was one of East Tennessee's most prolific and versatile artists. The Kentucky native came to Knoxville in 1...
01/05/2024

Carl Sublett was one of East Tennessee's most prolific and versatile artists. The Kentucky native came to Knoxville in 1954 and soon became an influential painting instructor at the University of Tennessee. He found endless inspiration in the Maine coastline, East Tennessee countryside and many other outdoor painting locations. Sublett shifted effortlessly from abstraction to precise realism throughout his long career and by the 1970s turned to watercolor as his primary medium.

🎨 Carl Sublett (Johnson County, Kentucky 1919-2008 Union, Maine), "Down East," 1960, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2007 gift of the Ewing family in memory of Mary and C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing

The 2023 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition continues through this Sunday, January 7!Be sure to stop by and ...
01/03/2024

The 2023 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition continues through this Sunday, January 7!

Be sure to stop by and see it before it's gone! 👋

The KMA's Instagram account was recently hacked, and we lost all our followers! 😢 Please follow us at  and  to connect w...
01/02/2024

The KMA's Instagram account was recently hacked, and we lost all our followers! 😢 Please follow us at and to connect with us in the new year. 🫶 Love ya'll!!

CHEERS to a new year and new beginnings! 🎨 Richard Jolley (Wichita, Kansas 1952; lives and works in Knoxville), "Cycle o...
01/02/2024

CHEERS to a new year and new beginnings!

🎨 Richard Jolley (Wichita, Kansas 1952; lives and works in Knoxville), "Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity [Emergence], 2009-2014, blown, cast, and acid-etched glass, and welded steel with patina, approximately 12 x 105 x 30 feet, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2014 gift of Ann and Steve Bailey

Visiting the KMA is the perfect Day-After-Christmas tradition!On view now...🖼️ East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition—t...
12/26/2023

Visiting the KMA is the perfect Day-After-Christmas tradition!

On view now...
🖼️ East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition—through January 7
🖼️ Thorne Rooms Holiday Decorations—through January 7
🖼️ Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East TN
🖼️ Currents: Contemporary Art from East TN and Beyond
🖼️ Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass
🖼️ Richard Jolley's Cycle of Life

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1050 World's Fair Park Drive SW
Knoxville, TN
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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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