Art House

Connecting a new generation to the Knoxville Museum of Art by providing exclusive opportunities to learn through art.


Join Art House for an evening of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, performance art, and auction. All proceeds benefit Art House.

Feature artist Chris McAdoo will share his passion for storytelling through painting “the stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves, and the liminal space between those two shores” during a live performance in which he will create several original artworks throughout the evening to be auctioned off at the event. He has also created a limited series of prints exclusively for Art House to be sold at the event.

The evening will also include signature cocktails, food provided by former Farmstead Manager at Blackberry Farm, Dustin Busby of DSB Provisions, and live music by the popular local funk/soul band, Milkshake Fatty.


Chris McAdoo is an artist and creative professional living in East Tennessee who believes that creativity can change the world. His work is intensely autobiographical and uses paint and canvas to focus on “the stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves, and the liminal space between those two shores”. His paintings and original prints have been featured in numerous exhibitions, private collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for over twenty years. Chris is also an accomplished speaker, traveling all over the United States, focusing on the power of creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and the practice of design.


Art House would like to thank our incredible sponsors for which the event would not be possible without their support!

A message from the committee:

Art is fundamental.  Nowhere is that more evident than inside the walls of the Knoxville Museum of Art.  The Knoxville Museum of Art is a place that…

  •         celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee
  •         presents new art and new ideas
  •         educates and serves our diverse community

We believe that the KMA enhances our quality of life and economic development.  However, for our targeted membership, many of our experiences with the museum have been limited to special events – meetings, receptions, and fundraisers.  We set out to change that.

In January 2016, we founded Art House of Knoxville with a select group of people who believed in the arts – but weren’t engaged with the KMA.  And we knew that the KMA had much to offer. It was our hope to bridge this gap and infuse a vibrant, youthful air, not only through Art House events, but looking ahead to the museum’s long-term future as well.

We have developed an eclectic roster of fun, social experiences  – all focused on art. These events appeal to couples, singles, and families in equal measure.  From hosting LA-based artist, Tyler Ramsey for an unforgettable art experience, involving an oversized canvas and dancers instead of paint brushes, to more intimate events insides the homes of Knoxville art collectors, Art House has something for everyone who wants to grow through art.

We want to take responsibility for the next era of the KMA and fortify this group with exclusive opportunities to learn and grow through our museum. We look forward to seeing you at the next Art House event!

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