Knoxville Museum of Art Announces Digital Art Exhibition in Conjunction with 2017 Big Ears Festival

January 24, 2017

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces an exciting new exhibition, Virtual Views: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation, running February 3 through April 16, 2017. This electronic media exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2017 Big Ears music festival.

Drawn from the extensive Chicago-based collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma, Virtual Views explores the growing importance of electronic new media in contemporary art as seen in the work of artists who are pioneers in the use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes), LCD (liquid crystal display), and computer-driven imagery. The exhibition features nine electronic works comprised of synthetic materials and powered by digital technology, yet the rhythms and patterns of its imagery are derived from nature. The featured artists include Jim Campbell, Craig Dorety, John Gerrard, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Alan Rath, Daniel Rozin, Björn Schülke, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Leo Villareal.

Virtual Views is organized by the KMA and presented in conjunction with the 2017 Big Ears Festival March 23-26.

Presenting sponsors for this exhibition are Jennifer and Gregg Dunn with additional support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation and Texas Instruments.

Craig Dorety (Oakland 1973; lives and works in San Francisco) Offset Circles—Yellow Flowering Tree Against Blue Sky, 2014, custom electronics, alupanel, animated LEDs, 24 x 24 x 3 inches


About the Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit