Cocktails & Conversation with Courtney Egan

Join us for an evening in the gallery with the artist Courtney Egan as we explore the relationship that she creates between the natural world around us and the technology that is so prevalent in our daily lives. The Native Plant Rescue Squad will also present during the event. Native Plant Rescue Squad (NPRS) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the rich diversity of the native flora in East Tennessee.  NPRS works with entities such as builders, developers, and landowners to rescue native plants that would otherwise be destroyed during clearing, building, and development. The rescued plants are then made available for educational opportunities and restoration projects with the goal of increasing the overall ecological health of our region.

 Free and open to the public! Cash bar and light refreshments. Eventbrite reservations are requested—no promo code required. Space is limited!


Courtney Egan’s projection-based sculptural installations deliver an experience that is both pleasing and disconcerting. The ethereal projections – converging on walls, floors, and sculptural elements – are inspired by the growing frequency of human exposure to nature via computers or television. Egan creates stunning yet “subtly impossible, hybrid tableaus,” which envelope the viewer in a conversation between memory of the natural world and a new experience with a plant or flower. She explains the fundamental irony of the experience, stating, “We get closer and farther away from the natural world simultaneously when we experience it through a technological lens.” 

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Dine & Discover with Althea Murphy-Price

Join us for a lunchtime discussion of the work of Knoxville artist and University of Tennessee professor Althea Murphy-Price. Contemporary printmaker, Murphy-Price “explores the connection between individuality and assimilation, and their influence on cultural and personal identity.” Q&A to follow the lecture.

Lunch orders can be placed no later than Friday, 4/21/23 by contacting DeLena Feliciano at or 865-934-2041.
Lunch orders are $15 and include a sandwich or scoop, a side, dessert, and a drink.

Free and open to the public! Reservations are requested—no promo code required.


Inspired by the social implication of beauty and its relationship to female identity, women, and culture. Topics of real and false, decoration, and imitation are explored in two and three-dimensional working methods, using traditional and non-conventional approaches to printmaking, and sculpture.

Althea Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. Her artwork has been shown widely throughout the country as well as international cities in Spain, China, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Her writings and work have been featured in such publications as Art Papers Magazine, CAA ReviewsContemporary Impressions JournalArt in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process., and Printmakers Today.

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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