Knoxville Museum of Art Presents Art from the Ashes, a Community Exhibition and Silent Auction to Benefit Victims of the Recent Coal Ash Spill

June 2, 2009

The Knoxville Museum of Arts presents Art from the Ashes in its Community Gallery through June 28, 2009.

The exhibition, which will culminate in a silent auction, includes a selection of objects donated by concerned artists and other individuals from across the country who want to help the families affected by last December’s coal ash spill in Kingston. The spill dumped 2.6 million cubic yards of the wet gray sludge about 400 acres six feet deep which left over 11 homes damaged and evacuated.

The exhibition organizers hope to raise money for the victims by featuring a variety of works ranging from original paintings and sculptures to photographic reproductions, prints and other items. The works on display will be auctioned on Sunday, June 28, at 3pm with all proceeds going to the United Mountain Defense, a local environmental advocacy group whose mission includes raising funds to provide medical assistance for residents affected by the ash spill. For more information about UMD, please visit .

The KMA Community Gallery is open to regional not-for-profit visual arts and cultural organizations. This outreach gallery is intended to create exhibition opportunities and increased visibility for area arts groups, and call attention to a wide variety of local creative talent.