Knoxville Museum of Art Announces Major New Publication

June 19, 2018

The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) announces the publication of a new book celebrating Richard Jolley’s Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity, one of the world’s largest figural glass installations. The hardbound, lavishly illustrated 144-page volume, entitled Richard Jolley: Cycle of Life, features an introduction by KMA Executive Director David Butler, essays by KMA Curator Stephen Wicks and outside scholars Lilly Wei, Robert C. Morgan, and J. Richard Gruber, and photographs by Hei Park and Elizabeth Felicella. It was designed by Steven Schoenfelder with editorial production by SNAP Editions, New York, printed in Italy by Graphicom, S.r.L., and generously underwritten by Natalie and Jim Haslam, Ann and Steve Bailey, and Pilot Flying J.

Unveiled in May 2014, Cycle of Life is a sculptural interpretation of life’s journey crafted by Knoxville artist Richard Jolley from tons of steel and glass and extending more than 100 running feet. It is permanently installed in the KMA’s Ann and Steve Bailey Hall. The seven-part narrative begins in a primordial forest of black-glass and crystal trees and climaxes in a vision of the cosmos represented by a cloud of colorful silvered-glass spheres dramatically suspended from the ceiling. The new book documents the design, fabrication, and installation of this staggering artistic and engineering achievement and its significance for the history and growth of the KMA.

Cycle of Life affirms the museum’s commitment to the art and artists of East Tennessee,” said Executive Director David Butler. “It has transformed the museum and made the KMA a must-see destination in our region. This beautiful new volume enriches the experience of viewing Cycle of Life and makes it available to an even wider audience.”

To purchase Richard Jolley: Cycle of Life, contact the KMA Gift Shop at 865.934.2042 or Larger than Life, the Jupiter Entertainment film documenting the creation of Cycle of Life, is also available through the KMA Gift Shop.
Retail price is $65.00.

Richard Jolley: Cycle of Life book cover

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