• creative visual arts programs |
• ongoing exhibitions
• art and craft classes|
• educational public programs
• special events|
Join us and experience the possiblities of visual creative expression!
Now through August 18th
In our Main Gallery "Common Denominators"
Untitled Oil Painting by Sue Brasel Thomas
In this multi-media, multi-style exhibition, a large group of artists have been
challenged to create a work of art that includes the same item. This "common
denominator" required each of the individual artists to "rethink" what and how
they used the item. The Art Center purchased decorative skeleton keys and
attached tags with small chains. This created our item for artists to consider and
include in their work. They were each given the instruction they could use the
actual item or create an image of it and use it. That means, they could
photograph the work, make a lino cut print, draw it, paint it, sculpt it or
well...you get the idea. They could create in whatever style and medium they
were interested in using. The only requirement was that the piece must include
the image of that key, chain and tag. That said, each of the artists had the ability
to interpret what the key represents.
In our Foyer Gallery " Class Acts: Work from the Intermediate Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media Classes with Rex Redd"
Coming Home by Teri Gergen
COMING SOON: "Open Show 2018"! Are you ready?
It's that time again. We are preparing to issue the prospectus for Open Show 2018. If you are an Art Center member, you already know Open Show is the Art Center's annual juried mixed media exhibition focusing on exceptional work being produced in our area. Anyone may enter. There are no size, media, or geographic limitations - it is open to all artists of all media. The only restrictions are that all work submitted must be original to the artist (idea, design and production), created within the past three years, and have not been shown in a previous Open Show. This year, the exhibition will be in our galleries September 29 through November 24.
The Annual Fund
In the past several years, the Arts in Tennessee have been blessed with a dedicated stream of funds from "vanity
plates" - specialty license plates that individuals may elect to purchase. This
"splurge" for most of us, is a perfect way to
symbolize and fund the individual and sometimes very creative side of
Tennesseans. Who wouldn't love seeing "CRE8TIV" on a Tennessee tag?
These funds by law were dedicated to the arts in Tennessee and have been used
for arts grants to Tennessee agencies across the state, like the Art Center. This
year, the funds dropped significantly, like a million and a half dollars worth!
The effect was a big hit to the grants for all arts agencies and we were no
exception. Although we ranked 1st in our category, our grant award was
significantly lower than expected - creating about an $8,000 shortfall in our
budget that we must address. This makes our Annual Fund, a main stay of our
program in normal years, even more important this year. The Art Center is not
funded by the City of Oak Ridge or the County government so your assistance is
We have several members who have elected to contribute to the Annual Fund on
a monthly basis. Monthly contributions enable these special members to
contribute at a higher level without breaking their monthly budgets and helps the
Art Center maintain a consistent funding stream. This wonderful assistance is a
terrific way to help support the Art Center for those who can participate. Our
sincerest thanks to monthly contributors from last year: Dot and Robert
Hightower, Jan Hill, Cleva Marrow, Lorene Sigal, and Phil Stumbo & Janie
Every Gift Counts
Every gift to the Annual Fund is both important and appreciated - no matter the
size. It is through the generosity of our members and friends that we maintain
our programs today. We hope you will consider a gift to the Art Center and
help us continue to be a strong visual arts presence into the future.
Come and join the fun at the 1st Friday Stuudio! No matter what your media, spend the evening working, sharing ideas and socializing. You do not need to be enrolled in a class to attend, just an Art Center member!