Photo exhibit calls for artists

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo-entry.

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Juror Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit www.baldwinlee.com.

Knoxville Photo 2016 Best of Show – “Enigma” by Nathan Dean. Photo courtesy Arts & Culture Alliance. The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.


Call for artists: Arts in the Airport

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the 17th Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 27 – October 18, 2017.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/airport-entry/.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee. Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance.

About the juror: Terri Jordan has been working in and with the arts for more than 20 years. She is the exhibits curator of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, as well as a fine artist working in oils and acrylics. Ms. Jordan has been involved with nonprofit arts organizations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Cumberland Arts League and the Tennessee Art League. Her narrative figurative paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the country. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and is in collections from New York to California, Italy and England.


The current Arts in the Airport exhibition features the work of 40 artists in the East Tennessee region. Image: “Spring Morning, John Messer Cantilever Barn” (Oil on linen) by Mike Gaylon.


Knoxville writers host potluck supper

Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will share their works and hold a mix and mingle potluck for December’s monthly program. Both current members and the public are encouraged to attend and to bring a covered dish or holiday snack.

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The event will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Ave. Attendees should enter off of the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

We will also have sales tables provided for KWG members to sell their work.

For those interested in reading, there are a few simple guidelines:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. You can join or renew your membership before the readings begin. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for those taking part to establish speaker order.

2) What you read should be your own work or that of another group member. If it will be the work of another KWG member, you are required to have permission to read his/her work.

3) Your reading time will be three minutes maximum. It’s not necessary that your reading last the full amount of time allotted. For instance, if you have a one-minute poem and don’t have anything else you’d like to read, that would be fine.

4) What you read should be suitable for a general audience. In other words, please show courtesy to those attending. Think of approaching your reading as something to be shared and appreciated by one-and-all.

The Knoxville Writers Guild membership is $30 and $15 for students. Visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.


Writers group names contest winners

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is proud to announce winners from the 2016 Annual Writing Contest at the Thursday, Oct. 6 meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall at 201 E. Third Ave.

Attendees should enter off the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

This year, the KWG received more than 150 entries in the categories of poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpt, literary short fiction, and Young Writers. Several winners from these categories will read their winning entry at the meeting.

A complete list of winners will be available soon at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.


Knoxville Film Fest is Aug 26-28

The 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, will include more than 40 hours of film screenings at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28.

In addition to the screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, the 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and informative panel discussions will also highlight the festival.

“With more than 30 teams participating in the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition, the enthusiasm from our local filmmaking community is intense. One reason might be that the winner of the competition will leave with a cash prize of $5,000,” says Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director Keith McDaniel.

The opening night film, Opposite of Ernest, was directed by Knoxville-based filmmaker Chad Cunningham, the 2015 winner of the Knoxville Film Festival’s 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. Along with support from the Visit Knoxville Film Office, the Knoxville Film Festival awarded Cunningham $20,000 to create a feature-length film.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival ranging in price from $10 for individual block screenings to $75 for the full festival plus opening night reception. A Student Festival Pass is $25 with valid current Student ID.

The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.

 


Cat fanciers in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – More than 200 feline competitors will gather at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park on Saturday, March 26, 2016 for the 39th Annual Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show.

Cats representing approximately 40 longhaired and shorthaired breeds will compete from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in three different categories: kittens between 4 and 8 months old, championship cats and premiership class. The championship and premiership classes are distinguished by whether or not a cat has been spayed or neutered (with the spayed or neutered cats competing in premiership).

“Cats are judged against physical characteristics that make up breed standards,” said Pennie Pendleton, show secretary for the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association. “There is a standard written by a national breed council for each cat breed. Those standards change over time, and new breeds are being recognized and added to competition.”

All purebred competitors are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, a nonprofit organization that holds the world’s largest cat registry. The association also presents a household pet competition event for cats that are not documented as purebred.

“As breeders and fanciers, one of our goals is to help the public understand the proper care for their cats,” Pendleton said. “We showcase shelter groups and foster groups and invite them to bring cats for adoption. Shelters can enter their kitties who are looking for forever homes in our household cats’ events.”

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association is affiliated with the international organization, which hosts more than 400 cat shows each year across the world. Competition rules are set by the international CFA organization, and judges are internationally certified by the CFA.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults, and $4 for seniors and students.

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Call for artists: Knoxville Photo 2016

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fourth annual juried Knoxville Photo 2016. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Susan Stanton, the founder of the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild, will serve as juror.

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Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the Knoxville Photo 2016 exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from June 3-24, 2016. Photo submitted.

The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, first and third Sundays, 3:30-6:30 PM, and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Apply online and/or download an application at knoxalliance.com.


Cloggers dance into Knoxville

More than 650 participants will compete at the Clogging Champions of America’s (CCA) 19th annual National Showdown of Champions at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. To receive an invitation for this competition, teams and individuals must have won or placed in a regional competition.

The competition features individual dancers and teams from 20 states who will compete in multiple categories. Saturday’s schedule includes the team dance competitions beginning at 7:30 a.m. with an award ceremony concluding the day’s events at midnight. The clogging team routines features between 10 and 15 dancers and often incorporates other genres of dance, including jazz and hip hop.

“This is one of the largest and prestigious clogging competitions in the country,” CCA president Lynne Ogle said. “Clogging is family-oriented and fun for all ages. The event is open to the public, so I hope that people will come down and see what clogging is all about.”

The Showdown of Champions is open to the public for an admission of $10 per day. The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus.

 


Artists sought for Dreams exhibit

KNOXVILLE – Artists are invited to submit 2-D or 3-D works for Fountain City Art Center’s themed exhibit, “Dreams,” scheduled for January 15 through February 25, 2016.

Entries must reflect the theme, “Dreams,” and this year’s judge will be Dr. Chad Airhart of Carson Newman College.

The entry fee for non FCAC members is $20 per entry, $15 for FCAC members, with a limit of two entries per person whether 2-D or 3-D or one of each. One entry is allowed if 36” x 36” or larger, including the frame.  Works entered in a prior judged FCAC show are not accepted.

Work must be original. Parodies of famous artwork, if proper credit is given to the artist, will be accepted.

Awards will be: Best of Show, $150; First, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50; 4 Honorable Mentions, $25 each.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue in Knoxville.

For more information, call 865-357-2787.