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Dogwood Arts Festival Call to Artists is Still Open

Previous Dogwood Arts Festival Commemorative Prints
dog day afternoon on the square
2010 - Dog Day Afternoon on the Square
by Heather Whiteside
2009 - Woodruff's on Gay Street
by Phil Salvage
serenity creek
2008 - Serenity Creek
by Don Urban
fireflies at elkmont
2004 - Fireflies at Elkmont
by Jim Embry

The Dogwood Arts call to artists is still open for their art exhibitions and competitions: Art in Public Places Knoxville, Art Source, Chalk Walk, Dogwood Art DeTours, Indoor Sculpture Exhibition: Nexus, Limited Edition Fine Art Print, Market Square Art Fair, Student Art Exhibition, Regional Fine Art Exhibition, and the Wearable Art Fashion Show. All Dogwood exhibit prospectus and applications are available for download at

Art in Public Places Knoxville, now in its fifth year, is produced by Dogwood Arts, in partnership with the City of Knoxville Public Art Committee. The 2011 exhibition juror will be John Henry and will feature up to 35 large-scale, outdoor sculptures. The selected sculptures will be exhibited in downtown Knoxville from April 1 to October 28, 2011. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age or older residing in the United States. All works entered must have been created in the last two years and not previously exhibited in Knoxville. Work must be suitable for outdoor installation. A total of $4,000 in awards will be presented and, in addition, all finalists, whose works are installed, will receive an honorarium of $1,000 per sculpture. Deadline for entry is January 15, 2011.

Art Source is the Knox County Art Educators Exhibition, which began as a testament to the talent of Knoxville's dedicated teachers. For more than a decade, this show has provided the opportunity for art educators to showcase their dedication and abilities as practicing, professional artists. The exhibition is open to all actively employed art teachers and full-year art interns (K-12) in the Knox County School System. Original works completed within the last two years will be accepted for submission on May 1, 2011 from 2pm – 5pm at the UT Downtown Gallery. Awards will be presented for Best of Show, Jerry's Artarama Award, and two Juror's Citation's. The exhibit will show at the UT Downtown Gallery from May 6-27, 2011.

Chalk Walk features large sidewalk paintings created by professional and student artists on the sidewalk areas of Krutch Park and Market Square in downtown Knoxville on April 30, 2011. Thought to have originated in Italy in the 16th century, street painting is a growing event at many community festivals. The Dogwood Arts continues to bring this event to Knoxville as a way to teach and promote the history of this lost art to all ages and levels of artists. Awards will be presented for Best of Show, People's Choice, and 1st-3rd (in each category). Deadline for entry is April 1, 2011.

Dogwood Art DeTours is a studio tour that one can navigate through to visit local artist's actual working studios. This event, in its fifth year, provides the public with knowledge and appreciation for the creative process, also helping build direct relationships to the artists as individuals within the community. The event will take place April 2 – 3, 2011 and studios will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm both days.

Limited Edition Fine Art Print Exhibition and Competition results in the selection of one artwork by a regional artist which is purchased by the Dogwood Arts Festival, and becomes the print for the annual Festival. The entry qualifications for the Limited Edition Print Competition include works in all 2-D media, styles, and subject matter. This competition is open to all artists 18 years and older, residing within a 60-mile radius of Knoxville. Artworks completed within the past two years are eligible for consideration. The entry deadline is January 14, 2011.

Market Square Art Fair
is a popular outdoor event which features high-quality artisan and craftsmen booths, demonstrations by artisans, live musical entertainment, performing artists, children's activities, street entertainers, and festive foods. The Fair takes place April 15-17, 2011 on Market Square, along Market Street and Clinch Avenue, and in Krutch Park. Open to all artists within the accepted medium categories. There will be awards for Best of Show, one Artists Choice, and three Honorable Mentions. Deadline for entry is December 31, 2010.

Indoor Sculpture Exhibition:
Nexus is being developed this year to showcase regional and national artists working in the field of contemporary sculpture. Small sculpture encompassing all styles and genres from emerging and established artists will be selected by nationally recognized juror, John Henry, for exhibition at the Emporium Center's Main Gallery for showing from April 1-30, 2011. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age or older. All works entered must have been created in the last two years and must be suitably wired for hanging. A total of $2,000 in awards will be presented. Deadline for entry is January 7, 2011.

Regional Fine Arts Exhibit will be accepting 2-D and 3-D art in all media plus photography from artists 18 years and older residing in a 300-mile radius of Knoxville. This year's juror is Virgina Derryberry, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina - Asheville. A total of $4,000 in awards will be presented. The exhibit will run from April 1-30, 2011 at Bennett Gallery. Deadline for entry is February 22, 2011.

Student Art Exhibition highlights the original work of gifted art students from area elementary, middle, and high schools. The exhibit will take place at the Emporium Center from April 1-29, 2011. Open to all student artists in grades K-12 in Knox and surrounding counties. Students whose work is displayed in this exhibit are nominated by their art teachers for their skill, talent, and dedication. Winners are selected and prizes awarded to the top students in each category in hopes of encouraging them to continue with their artistic instruction. The categories are Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Digital Photography, Traditional Photography, Computer Graphics, Mixed-Media, and Printmaking. Entries are limited to two per teacher. Awards include several college scholarships, Best of Show for student and teacher, and Jurors Citation for each grade level. Deadline for entry is March 1, 2011.

Wearable Art Fashion Show showcases emerging and established artists creating wearable art of all styles and genres at the DIVA Wearable Art Fashion Show, Lunch, and Sale. The event will take place on April 19 at the Foundry on the World's Fair Park. Awards include Best of Show for Fiber Art, Best of Show for Jewelry/Accessories, Honorable Mention for Fiber Art, and Honorable Mention for Jewelry/Accessories. Deadline for entry is February 2, 2011.

Published December 28, 2010

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