Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art showcases the works of artists from Eastern Tennessee

Art Museums in Tennessee

Artistic lovers will find plenty of diversions in Tennessee. Thanks to the sheer number of museums and galleries in the area. Here are some places to check out.

  1. Knoxville Museum of Art

    1050 Worlds Fair Park DrCome to KMA to see their permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the mid-19th to the late-20th century under the title “Higher Ground: Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee”. The museum is also home to a large-scale sculpture called “Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity”, created by acclaimed artists and Knoxville residents Richard Jolley.

  2. The East Tennessee History Center

    601 S Gay StLearn about Tennessee’s storied past at the history center, where you’ll find award-winning exhibits. The center’s signature exhibit, “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee”, features various artifacts and first-person accounts of what daily life was like in the old days.

    The center is across the Tennessee Theater and not far from historic sites like James White’s Fort and the Blount Mansion.

  3. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee

    1327 Circle Park DrBrowse the museum’s collection of artifacts from the prehistoric period, ancient Egypt, and the Civil War. McClung’s permanent exhibitions also include “Tennessee Freshwater Mussels”, which delves into the biology of mussels, and the “Archeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee”, which offers a glimpse into Native American art.

  4. Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

    100 S Gay StAt 28,000 sqft, this creative space is home to several art galleries that showcase the work of regional and local artists. The Emporium Building itself used to be the headquarters of a furniture company, and then a wholesale goods distributor, and finally, a textile manufacturer before it was converted into an art space.

    It’s a wonderful place to discover homegrown talent and contemporary art. Previous exhibitions include “Temperance: An Expose of Emotion” by Terina Gilette, and “Celebrate Color” by Dick Wills.
    The space may also be rented for weddings and other private events.

  5. Fountain City Art Center

    213 Hotel RdHere you’ll find several on-going exhibitions in addition to the offerings at Parkside Open Door Gallery and LeGrand Music Studio. Exhibition receptions are usually held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, so drop by to see what’s new at the center. Upcoming exhibitions include “Southern Appalachian Nature Photography and the Knoxville Book Arts Guild” and “FCAC Open Photography Exhibit”.

    The center is also child-friendly where you can take the kids to see the exhibits. You can even have them join coloring contests and other fun activities.

  6. Envision Art Gallery

    574 Fernhill RdOwned by artist Kay List, Envision Art Gallery brings you the best of contemporary fine art. Visitors can look forward to several gallery-wide shows each year, as well as List’s studio – drop by to view the artist’s work and get the opportunity to purchase artworks that are up for sale.

  7. Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture

    1715 Volunteer BlvdNamed for C. Kermit “Buck” Ewing, who spearheaded the University of Tennessee’s art curriculum. The gallery features exhibitions that reflect historical and contemporary perspectives in art. The permanent collection includes sketches by Joseph Delaney, as well as several outdoor sculptures that can be seen throughout the campus.

Check out the Visit Knoxville website for more information.