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First annual Knoxville Photo 2013 set for July 5-26, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting the first annual Knoxville Photo 2013, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 36 artists throughout the Southeast region, including 14 artists from Knoxville. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, abstracts, and more. They will be displayed in the Emporium Center from July 5-26, 2013. A public reception will take place on Friday, July 5, from 5:00-9:00 pm with an awards ceremony at 6:00 pm in which $750 in cash awards will be announced.

city gates
“City Gates” by Knoxville artist Luis Caicedo
  mary gretchen kaplan
“Displaying” by Mary Gretchen Kaplan

Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work.

R.L. Gibson served as juror for the exhibition and viewed images from about 100 artists in twelve states to select the exhibition. “With a camera in almost every cell phone, photography has become the universal medium of artistic and creative expression,” she said. “The nearly 500 entries presented a jury I chose to search for the soul of the image. I want the show to suspend disbelief for the viewer just long enough for them to be transported to a time, a place or an emotion.”

R.L. Gibson is a nationally-shown artist working and “living on vacation” in Gatlinburg with work in galleries from New York to Los Angeles. Gibson opened her newest Xerography series Psychomachia with Arizona artist Jerry Portelli. She is now working on a text series for show in 2013/2014. Gibson works almost exclusively as a Xerographist, producing complicated layered photographic compositions and then hand-transferring these images to a variety of substrates resulting in a unique monotype. In addition to producing her own work and work in collaboration with other artists, Gibson also runs, a fun and quirky, food-themed art blog that offers reviews of emerging artists, shows from great galleries, and FREE Art Deadlines and Calls for Entry as an artist’s resource. For more information on R.L. Gibson, visit

The following artists’ works will be shown:
• Sheila Chesanow of Athens, TN
• Megan Pinch and Dan Robinson of Bristol, TN
• Mike Gannon of Fairview, TN
• Jeffrey Stoner and Billie Wheeler of Kingsport, TN
• Trissa Gurney of Kingston, TN
• Melinda Adams, Luis Caicedo, Joel Fairstein, Jacques Gautreau, Becky Huckaby, Adam PD Hutsell, Mary Gretchen Kaplan, Marga Hayes McBride, Julie L. Rabun, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Trecia Todd, Brian Wagner, Kurt K. Weiss, and Amy Williams of Knoxville, TN
• Karen Jones of Lenoir City, TN
• Michael Murphy of Morristown, TN
• Sue Henry of Nolensville, TN
• Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill, TN
• AngelaDawn of Powell, TN
• Julie Oglesby of Seymour, TN
• Spears McAllester of Signal Mountain, TN
• Antuco Chicaiza of Sweetwater, TN
• Nicole Harper of Toney, AL
• Rebecca Griggs of Chicago, IL
• Wesley Duffee-Braun and Gary Peeples of Asheville, NC
• Alicia Leeke of Columbia, SC
• Trent Frazor of Pickens, SC
• Paige Barbush of Meadowview, VA
• Richard Phelps of Midlothian, VA

The reception on Friday, July 5, is free and open to the public, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with additional hours on Saturday, July 6, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Published June 9, 2013

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