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Arts & Culture Alliance’s 10th National Juried Exhibition set for February 5-26


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Mary Gretchen Kaplan’s “Iceland Southern Coast” (digital photography)

The Arts & Culture Alliance will hold its 10th annual National Juried Exhibition February 5-26, 2016 in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.

The exhibition will feature selected works from 48 artists in the Southeast region and will encompass all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as photography, acrylic, pencil, copper, fibers, oil, paper, stoneware, and more. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

A public reception will take place on Friday, February 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM with a brief awards ceremony at 6:00 PM in which over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced. The First Friday reception will include a flamenco dance performance by Pasión Flamenco from 6:00-6:30 PM in the Black Box Theatre and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Serving as juror for the exhibition was Samantha Andrews, an art educator and east Tennessee native who believes in the power of art to change lives. Andrews works closely with the artist community in Nashville. She is currently Assistant Director of Experiential Learning at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and is a two-time Emmy® Award winner for the television series ArtQuest: Art is All Around You. Samantha has acted as guest juror in regional competitions and as speaker at national conferences for the American Alliance of Museums and the National Arts Education Association.

The following artists’ works will be shown:

• Patricia Anderson Turner of Punta Gorda, FL
• Mike Holsomback of Fort Oglethorpe, GA
• Jessica Holly of Berea, KY
• Brandon Lutterman of Middlesboro, KY
• Callie Goss of Fort Bragg, NC
• Ann Harwell of Wendell, NC
• Reid Arowood, Mark Bender, Jennifer Brickey, Beverly Burdette, Claudia Dean, Jurgen Dopatka, Brandon Douglas, Katharine M. Emlen, William Goolsby, Jessica Howerton, J. Austin Jennings, David A. Johnson, Mary Gretchen Kaplan, John Edwin May, Kate McCullough, Roy McCullough, Elli McNall, Thomas Owens, Clay Pardue, Elizabeth Porter, Kris Rehring, Sam Stapleton, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Dale Sumner, Marilyn Avery Turner, Kellie Ward, Richard Whitehead, Steve Zigler, and baron of Knoxville, TN
• Inna Nasonova Knox and Jodie Miller of Lenoir City, TN
• Amanda Bonar and Ted Richards of Loudon, TN
• Kathy A. McConkey of Madisonville, TN
• Kate Aubrey of Maryville, TN
• Bill Long of Morristown, TN
• Catherine Haverkamp of Norris, TN
• Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill, TN
• AngelaDawn Russell of Powell, TN
• Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel, TN
• Olive Durant of Signal Mountain, TN
• Kate Craig of Smithville, TN

Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sundays, February 7 & 21, 3:30-6:30 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

Published January 8, 2016

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