Knoxville is home to some of the most creative minds in the nation. Area artists have proudly earned the city its Maker City title, as well as a spot on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Creative Cities.”
At the heart of Knoxville’s bustling art district, nestled next to Downtown Grill and Brewery on Gay Street, is the crowning jewel, the Art Market Gallery. The gallery boasts more than 60 juried local artists in its collective. Creatives specializing in everything from painting, jewelry making, woodworking, sculpture, clay, fiber, photography, and more can be found there. The gallery also houses the largest collection of original, local artwork in the area.
Art Market Gallery made its debut during the 1982 Worlds Fair in a small sales gallery. It moved to 422 S. Gay Street in 2005. The move placed the gallery at the center of First Friday, Knoxville’s monthly celebration of the arts.
Art Market Gallery hosts a First Friday reception each month. The reception provides a welcoming environment for returning art lovers, and those new to the gallery, to enjoy the newest artworks. Many Art Market Gallery artists attend First Friday receptions and can often be found chatting with gallery guests. Among the new artworks presented during First Friday are exhibits that spotlight two featured member artists. These artists rotate monthly.
Whether you’re an established art collector or new to the art community, Art Market Gallery’s month-long Art Auction in April will provide a unique opportunity to own works from some of the gallery’s artists for a fraction of the original prices.
For more information about the gallery, its history, hours of operation or the roster of artists, visit www.ArtMarketGallery.net. The gallery always welcomes new sponsors, too. It’s a valuable way to support local artists. Come see why so many Knoxville creatives call the Art Market Gallery home.
Art Market Gallery
422 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902