📅October 11th, 2013, 20:15

More than 180 works of art line the concourse at the Knoxville Convention Center for the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) fundraiser, Artscapes 2013.

On Friday, Oct. 11, art collectors and enthusiasts will join The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art for a silent art auction and reception at 6 p.m., with live art auction and gala dinner to follow at 8 p.m. This event, usually held at the KMA, is being held in the Clinch Concourse of the Convention Center because of extensive building renovations at the museum.

An exhibition is currently open to the public in the Knoxville Convention Center through Thursday, Oct. 10, to showcase artwork and items available for auction. The artwork is displayed alongside the Knoxville Convention Center’s $1 million permanent art collection. Three large paintings and a large sculpture displayed in the Clinch Concourse are part of this art collection and on loan from the KMA.

Auction items include works from regionally and nationally recognized artists, as well as local artists. The more than 180 pieces of art are created in a wide variety of media ranging from photo collages on aluminum to encaustic and beeswax sculpture. A selection of paintings, prints, wood carvings, glass and jewelry will also be available for bidding.

Items may also be viewed at the KMA website,, or by e-mail request to

Visuals: More than 180 works of art in the Clinch Concourse of the Knoxville Convention Center. Art enthusiasts, community leaders and elected officials will be in attendance. Interview opportunities are available before and during the event with Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director David Butler to speak about the KMA renovations and capital campaign.