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The Art Center is supported under an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their support.

• 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 Showing

Open Show 2019, our 51st Annual

The Oak Ridge Art Center's Open Show is a juried mixed-media exhibition
showcasing the exceptional work produced throughout our region. A juried
show, means the juror (a hired expert from another region) makes all
determinations on work selected for the exhibition and selects the awards. The
2019 Juror is Victoria Boone. Victoria has juried Open Show in the past and
has always given us an exciting, evocative exhibition with great diversity.

New Exhibition Opportunities

Opportunities abound in 2020!
Ebony Imagery XVII for African American Artists of Tennessee is slated for February 8 through March 21. This show is for artists of color working in any media. It is always a beautiful, evocative show.
Through the Lens: Recent Photographs by Regional Artists is slated for March 28 through May 9. All types of photography are welcome.

I Wouldn't Touch That with a Ten Foot Pole: Art Center Members, is slated for May 16 through July 3. Time for a little humor and whimsy! We hope artists will utilize the theme in their favorite medium.

The Fabric of Memory: Fiber Techniques. In conjunction with Convergence 2020, the Handweavers' Guild of America Conference in Knoxville, The Oak Ridge Art Center will offer The Fabric of Memory, a mixed-fiber-media exhibition open to artists of any fiber media from July 11 through August 23, 2020. The exhibition will be part of a regional focus on fiber showcasing and celebrating the diversity and quality of fiber work from throughout the Southeast. Techniques eligible may include, but are not limited to: weaving, tapestry, crocheting, knitting, felting, braiding, spinning, dyeing, fabric construction, and basketry. Pieces for the exhibition are due on July 6th, 2020. All submissions must include any required hanging apparatus and a completed entry form. For more information contact Leah.

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 vitally important.

Monthly Contributions
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 Hiserote.

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!

What's Coming?

Art a la Carte

Art a la Carte, the Art Center's brown bag luncheon and learning series, meets the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon. This is a free event. On September 27, we will begin the Great Courses series, How to Look at and Understand Great Art.

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Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-1441



The Oak Ridge Art Center is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Tuesday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Monday:
1 - 4 p.m.

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Board of Directors:
Kathleen Alexander
Ryan Braby, Vice President
Janet Brudecki
Mary Ann Damos
Linda Ducamp
Nicole Ferrara
Pat Fitchpatrick, Secretary
Debra Gurney
Janie Hiserote
Roger Lankford
Louise McKown
Janice Shannon, Treasurer
Dawn Sherrill, President
Betsy Spooner
Phil Stumbo
Darrell Thomas
Susan Wojnar

Advisory Board:
Bill Capshaw
Judy Kidd
Ruth Prince
Sue Brasel Thomas

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