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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.

Our galleries host new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. We try to present diverse media, techniques, styles, and content to appeal to a broad audience.

Current Exhibition

June 30th through August 18th
Main Gallery: Common Denominators
Foyer Gallery: Class Acts: Work from the Intermediate Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media Classes with Rex Redd

The Shadow by Susan B. Miller   (Common Denominators Show)

Coming Home by Teri Gergen (Class Acts Show)

Recent Exhibitions

"The Gaudy Girls" by Jan Hill (Class Acts Show)

May 5th through June 23rd - In the Main Gallery we had the "Knoxville Watercolor Society's Spring Show". In the Foyer Gallery we had "Class Acts: Explorations in Waterbased Media".

March 10 - April 28 2018 in all galleries we had "Metamorphosis III: Recycle to Art".
We feel sure you have heard the phrase "one man's trash is another man's treasure. The third in the series, "Metamorphosis III: Recycle to Art", is an open entry exhibition in which all work entered must be created with recycled materials or parts.


Dec. 7th 2017 - Jan. 7th 2018, in the Main and Gomez galleries we had "Time and Remembrance: Selections from the Permanent Collection" and in the Foyer Gallery we had a photographic show "Travelogue: Colma California's Religious Stained Glass" by Nicole Ferrara. Show was held over.


Sept. 2017: Open Show 2017, The annual juried Open Show in all our galleries ran from Sept. 16th to Nov. 25th. It featured work from many regional artists and gave out a record number of award this year.

June 2017: Postccards From Home,The installation in our Main Gallery was "Postcards Fome Home". It featured imagery celebrating the region in and around Oak Ridge. This show was in our Main Gallery through August 13th. Above is Jean Gregory's Oil Painting entitled "Art Center Garden"

June 2017: Fiber Works byEun-Sook Kim, In the Foyer Gallery we had Fiber Works by Eun-Sook Kim. This beautiful, and sometimes large-scale, pieces of needlework show off an intricacy and level of artistry that must be seen in person. Show ran through August 13th 2017.


March 2017: Movers, Shakers, Mentors, Makers II, Our fan favorite Instructor/Student show ran until late June.

January 2017: Women's Work: Echoes, Showcasing a collection of women artists ruminating on the theme Echoes - Jan. 15th through March. 4th

From left to right: Oil on Canvas entitled "A Self Portrait" by Aurora H. Bull, Clay entitled "Leaves Hold Us Together" by Helen Fuller, Woven Watercolor entitled "Weaving My Way" by Parry Harvey


November 2016: Art of the Creche: Folk Nativities from Around the World, Showcasing a collection of unusual nativities of all shapes and sizes - Nov. 19th through Jan. 9th

September 2016: Open Show 2016, Our 48th annual Juried exhibition - Sept. 17 through Nov. 5th, 2016

Oil on Canvas entitled, "The Cult of Spring" by Denise Stewart-Sanabria

July 2016:
Home, Themed invitational exhibition - July 2 through August 13, 2016

Acrylic on Canvas entitled "Going Home" by Kirstina Strohschein

June 2016: Through the Lens: New Directions in Print Photography - May 9 through June 25, 2016

"Bisti Palace" by Ron Sullivan

Selections from the Permanent Collection - May 9 through June 25, 2016

"Red Flowers" by Marc Chagall"

March 2016: Ebony Imagery XVI - through March 5, 2016

"Older Than It Used To Be" by Bill Capshaw

Family Affair: Art Center Members - March 12 - April 30, 2016


"Racing the Storm" by Ann Birdwell

Art Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Art of Fiction Characters Anna Grace Tollett and Pearlie Bean (Ghost Artist Anne Powers, Author of Smoke from Small Fires) - March 12 - April 30, 2016

"NightVision" by Anna Grace Tollett

Upcoming Exhibitions

November 2017: Selections from the Permanent Collection

In addition to those exhibitions listed above, there will be several individual and group exhibitions in our Foyer Gallery. Anyone interested in participating in these foyer shows should contact the Oak Ridge Art Center to insure receipt of specific information regarding entry, 865-482-1441.

To submit a proposal for an individual or group exhibit ... The Art Center's exhibition committee usually meets once a year to select exhibitions. Please submit an artist(s) resume, artist's statement on the content of the proposed exhibit & 12-20 slides or photos of the work per artist. If you wish to have your slides/photos returned, please include return postage (self-addressed stamped envelope/mailer).

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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