Emporium Center – December 1

The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents its 2023 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at KnoxAlliance.com/join-renew.

“If you really want to give your mind a break and have a fun time seeing every kind of perspective in nearly every kind of media, don’t miss this exhibition,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “Just wandering through it will give you a lift!”

Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some Alliance members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers at elementary, middle, and high schools within Knox and surrounding counties. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mighty Mud, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as 17th Street Studios, Broadway Studios & Gallery, The Emporium, Mighty Mud, Relay Ridge, Sunday Studios, and West Fifth Studios.

The 2023 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville through December 15. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or via the online shop at KnoxAlliance.store. The Emporium is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, December 9, from 10 am to 1 pm. Please note, the Emporium will be closed December 18 through January 1 for maintenance and the holidays. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit KnoxAlliance.com.

About the 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 and the City of Knoxville. Special thanks to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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