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Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee

Higher Ground is the first permanent exhibition devoted to East Tennessee’s artistic achievements. It includes objects from the KMA collection supplemented by important works borrowed from public and private collections. Many of the featured artists spent their entire lives and careers in the area, while some moved away to follow their creative ambitions. Others were drawn to the region by its natural beauty, as the wealth of landscape imagery in this exhibition attests. Together, these artists’ works form the basis of a visual arts legacy in East Tennessee that is both compelling and largely unheralded. Higher Ground allows viewers to follow the history of artistic activity in the region over roughly a century of development and learn about the many exceptionally gifted individuals who have helped shape the area’s visual arts tradition.

Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass

Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass is an ongoing exhibition featuring the KMA’s growing collection of modern and contemporary glass, supplemented periodically by works on loan. Facets encourages museum visitors to consider Richard Jolley’s Cycle of Life within a larger context. It also reflects the KMA’s progress in building a focused collection of sculptures in glass by international artists who share Jolley’s interest in new technical and conceptual approaches to this ancient medium.

Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity

Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity is one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world. Commissioned in 2009 especially for the Knoxville Museum of Art, it is a game-changer for the KMA in a number of important ways.

Kramer Gallery: Volunteers at the KMA

In this temporary exhibition, we honor the artistic achievements of KMA volunteers, emphasizing that their creative contributions are vital to the Knoxville Museum of Art's ever-evolving story.

East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition 2023

This annual exhibition presented by the Knoxville Museum of Art is designed to gather the best student work grades 6-12 from a 32-county region and have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment.

Carmen Winant A Brand New End: Survival and its Pictures

Artist Carmen Winant's large-scale collages and installations illuminate the often-invisible experiences of women, as well as feminist strategies for survival, revolt, and self-determination

Tools As Art: Work and Play

Drawn from the remarkable collection of John Hechinger, a hardware store magnate and art collector, the 68 featured works in the exhibition present images of the most familiar tools as extraordinary works of art.