• 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 Nov. 24th
50th Annual Juried Open Show
It's that time again. We are proud to present the 50th Open Show. This is the Art Center's annual juried mixed media exhibition focusing on exceptional work being produced in our area. Anyone was able to enter. There were no size, media, or geographic limitations - it was open to all artists of all media. There was a massive turnout and now you can see the best of the best according to Juror Rick Mills, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Art Department at Auburn University Montgomery.
December 1st 9AM-4PM
Gallery of Holiday Shops and Bake Sale
Gallery of Holiday Shops and Bake Sale is our annual fine art and craft sale on December 1st. It features handmade fine crafts such as jewelry of all descriptions, functional and fine craft ceramics, baskets, woodwork, soaps and lotions, small quilted items, handcrafted ornaments, and a wonderful array of paintings and photography by regional artists.
At the same time, we offer a fabulous sale of home baked goods contributed by our membership. Cooks and non-cooks alike, stock up on the specialities of local culinary stars for holiday entertaining and gifting.
This is the one time of year that we close down all the galleries and fill every nook and cranny with art, artists, and craftspeople selling their wares. It is not to be missed! Come on out and see what our regional artists have for you. Support your artists and shop small businesses this year!
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!