Shared Art promotes beauty and culture

0 Comments 📅February 18th, 2011, 14:39
David Butler, Executive Director KMA and me after our announcement.

David Butler, Executive Director KMA and me after our announcement.

We have some beautiful new art on the walls at the KCC. Three paintings and a sculpture are on loan to us from our neighbor, The Knoxville Museum of Art, as part of a new Shared Art program.

To create a stimulating and welcoming environment for our guests, we have been acquiring art that represents our region and our community since we opened our doors in 2002. Our permanent art collection is now valued at over $1 million, and encompasses a wide variety of media. Noted artists from Knoxville and throughout the country donated the art to us.

The Shared Art program allows the Museum of Art to free up space for new exhibits and display some of the wonderful pieces they have in storage. It offers the Convention Center an opportunity to add some exceptional art as rotating exhibits to complement our permanent collection.

Enamel on aluminum by Dorothy Gillespie titled "Conjured Images"

Enamel on aluminum by Dorothy Gillespie titled “Conjured Images”

Acrylic and pastel on canvas by Joseph Delaney titled “Macy’s Parade”

Acrylic and pastel on canvas by Joseph Delaney titled “Macy’s Parade”

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas by Giles Lyon titled “Empire”

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas by Giles Lyon titled “Empire”

Oil on canvas by artist Hunt Slonem titled “After Buffalo”

Oil on canvas by artist Hunt Slonem titled “After Buffalo”

 

We were pleased to introduce this Shared Art, now on display in the Clinch Avenue concourse, during our first First Friday celebration. The guests of honor for this tasty and well-attended reception were four large-scale pieces; three fabulous paintings and an exciting sculpture.

The three art works include an oil on canvas entitled “After Buffalo” by Hunt Slonem, an acrylic and pastel by Joseph Delaney called “Macy’s Parade,” and “Empire” acrylic and mixed media by Giles Lyon. Dorothy Gillespie crafted the brightly colored sculpture called “Conjured Images” of enamel on aluminum.

The pieces add color and interest to our Clinch Avenue concourse and are a great starting point for a fascinating tour of the more than 40 original works of art displayed throughout the Convention Center. From an incredible mosaic mural of Ramsay Cascades by Mike Mandel, to a fabulous quilt entitled “Under Tennessee Skies,” the collection reflects the beauty and imagination of East Tennessee.

I invite you to drop by and tour our collection Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or during special events in the evenings or on weekends. A self-guided tour encompasses two floors of artwork. Written descriptions that give you some background on the artist and the work accompany all the pieces.

We are honored to partner with the Knoxville Museum of Art to promote art and culture in our city and region and hope this partnership provides our guests with an educational and inspiring experience at the Convention Center.

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