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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

Selections From The Permanent Collection

December 14 through February 1

In this season full of holidays, family and remembrance, our collection serves to connect our current Art Center family and those who worked to sustain and preserve our program in the past. Among them are artists, collectors, and family and friends of both. Selections from the Permanent Collection will represent individuals who created, those who collected, and those who contributed to our ability to share the amazing variety and diversity of art with our regional community. Each group represents many memories; funny, fond, and maybe a few not-so-fond-of the individuals who helped make the Art Center a community asset and keep it viable for us to enjoy today.

Coming Soon

Souper Bowl 2020!

Come one come all Souper Bowl is almost here! This is the Oak Ridge Art Center's annual Soup Dinner Fundraiser. On this night you will enjoy a hearty soup dinner with dessert in a bowl of your choosing, and then take home that original handmade soup bowl!

Bowls on view for selection the week prior to the event and at the event.
Carry out is available.
Dinner seatings at 5, 6, and 7 PM. Seating is limited.

Tickets are $30 and available at the Art Center.

We also have our first ever Souper Bowl Auction going on now. Join us on Facebook and sieze the opportunity to bid on one of 15 amazing lots with Souper bowls designed by our very talented artists. If you don't have a facebook account see them in person at the Oak Ridge Art Center and ask one of our wonderful staff members to make a bid on your behalf.

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?

Intensive Throwing Workshop with
with Bill Capshaw

January 10, 11, 12, 2020 - 9 am to 4
pm each day (Friday—Sunday)

201 Badger Avenue
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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