• 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!
Gallery of Holiday Shops 2019, our 24th Annual
Our 24th annual Gallery of Holiday Shops will be Saturday, December 7, from 9- 4 at the Art Center on Badger Avenue. This annual event will offer guests an opportunity to access the one-of-a-kind creations of regional artists and artisans in a variety of media. A gourmet bake sale will also be part of the event so you can take goodies home to share or hold for a holiday event. Hungry shoppers can stop and relax for a while with friends at our cafe. There is no admission fee, and proceeds from the artists' sales will benefit both the artists and the Art Center. Shopping local is a great way to support the local economy, regional artists, and the Art Center. Truly a win/win/win!
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
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!