The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art Presents Artists on Location 2020, a Plein-Air Painting Event

February 27, 2020 | Sarah Kaplan

February 26, 2020 (Knoxville, TN) – The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location (AOL) 2020 – an art show and sale at the Knoxville Museum of Art Saturday, April 25 from 5 to 9pm.  Artists on Location promotes the museum’s connection to the local and regional art community by providing an outlet for artists to sell their work and encouraging people to collect it.

This event will provide both new and seasoned collectors a rare opportunity to buy original paintings of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

From Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24, talented artists selected through a juried process will be painting outdoors in and around the Knoxville area.  The public is invited to watch the AOL artists in action as they capture on canvas a wide variety of subject matter, from urban street scenes to pastoral garden settings.  The specific locations the artists will be painting in plein-air will be published on the Knoxville Museum of Art’s website ( prior to the event and will be followed on the KMA Guild’s Instagram page @artistsonlocation.

The annual art show and sale held at the KMA on Saturday, April 25, 5-9pm is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments and a cash bar.  Proceeds of the sale will benefit both participating artists and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Painting in open air or plein-air became popular in the mid-19th century of the French Impressionist seeking to capture the effects of light and its changing ephemeral qualities in the atmosphere.  The practice of painting on location increased in popularity with the development of transportable paint tubes and box easels.

Artists on Location 2020 is generously sponsored by FirstBank.

Editor’s Note: Images attached.  Caption for images is as follows:
Artists paint outdoors during the Artists on Location event.

The Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art 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

About The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art|
The primary purpose of the Guild is to raise funds for the Knoxville Museum of Art.  The Guild promotes the museum’s programs in the community while educating and building appreciation for visual arts.