New art exhibits at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-24, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and catering by Zoës Kitchen will be available.

The Slovene Independent Biennial in the lower gallery showcases contemporary graphic illustration in Slovenia. The more than 50 artists on display are alumni of the Independent Biennial and have won multiple national and international awards and grants for their work. Slovenia, a member of the European Union, is located in Central Europe at the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea. Image courtesy Independent Biennial.

National Juried Exhibition of 2017 in the Balcony gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its eleventh annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 45 artists throughout the United States. Exhibiting artists include: John Anderson, Mark Bender, Eric Buechel, Rebecca J. Buglio, Genevieve Byrd, Bill Cook, Jr., C Y Cooper, Yvonne Dalschen, Claudia Dean, Khoa Dang Dinh, Roger Fleenor, Gordon Fowler, Michael E. Galyon, William Goolsby, Nina Hardison, Ann Harwell, Chasidy Hathorn, Todd Johnson, Perry Johnson, Pat Kumicich, Vickie Kallies Lee, Brandon Lutterman, Benjamin Madeska, Michael Murphy, Julie Oglesby, Clay Pardue, Christen Parker, Amber Patty, Manya Pirkle, Jose Roberto, Chris S. Rohwer, Mark Runge, Mary Saylor, Byeol Shim, Nancy Stalls, Sam Stapleton, Jessica Stewart, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Dale Sumner, Cheryl Tarrant, Keith Thomson, Marilyn Avery Turner, Ken Van Dyne, Katherine Wagner, and Marianne Woodside.

Through My Eyes: Works by Derrick Freeman, an Autistic Artist in the display case
Derrick Freeman resides in Knoxville and is a 26-year old young man who, at the age of two years old, was diagnosed with autism. Soon after his diagnosis he stopped talking. By the age of three, he began to draw. Over the years, Derrick has exhibited his art at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Disability Mega Conference, the Art Fair of Madisonville, Very Special Arts (VSA) of Tennessee, Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee Historical Society, Blount Mansion, Davis Art Studio, Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University.

“Travel… Begins Close to Home” by Cheryl Sharp the Atrium
“The devastating fires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have reminded me of how precious our natural resources and historic structures are and how quickly they can be taken from us,” says Cheryl Sharp. Her exhibition will feature several images in Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reflecting the different seasons of the park, as well as images from the Knoxville area.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at