With over 53,000 square feet of space, it shouldn’t be a surprise the Knoxville Museum of Art has an expansive permanent art collection that represents a variety of artists, art forms, and time periods.
Grand Ambitions explores the development of 19th century Knoxville artists and how they related their work to booming local industries that included lumbering and mineral mining. Two of the highlighted artists include James Cameron and Catherine Wiley.
Lure of the Smokies is an art exhibit dedicated to the time period of 1920 and 1950, when many people migrated to East Tennessee. During this time period, East Tennessee was viewed as a hot location due to the gorgeous Smoky Mountains, and the booming industries that were related to the Smoky Mountains.
Changing Fortunes, Changing Scenes showcases the more conservative influence on art throughout the 1920s. Two of the featured artists in this attraction are Edward Hurst and Charles Rain.
Post-War Revival displays the movement of bold young artists that started within the late 1940s. The young artists that emerged throughout this time period captured the fundamentals of a leading international art style, expressionism. C. Kermit “Buck” Ewing, Walter Stevens, Philip Nichols, and Joanne Higgs Ross are some of the highlighted artists within this exhibit. Photo: Knoxville Museum of Art
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