The Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, will open its doors on Saturday, September 26, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a ticket.
The event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone.
The Emporium Center is managed by the Arts & Culture Alliance. Originally built in 1898, it re-opened following renovations during the summer of 2004. The 28,000 square feet of flexible use space houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for six other arts and cultural organizations.
Clay Mishima by Amye Hand. This installation features pieces decorated using the technique of Mishima, a process of incising the clay and filling the negative space with contrasting color. Mishima pottery comes from the Japanese island of Mishima, the technique originating in Korea and introduced in the 16th century. Photo courtesy the artist.