Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Higher Ground: A Century of Visual Arts in East Tennessee

As part of the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Knoxville Museum of Art will open Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee. Throughout 2009, the museum will be celebrating the art and artists of Knoxville and the surrounding region. More than 60 works by a select group of the most celebrated artists with ties to the Smoky Mountains will be on display.

Highlights of the exhibit include works by Catherine Wiley and Lloyd Branson, pioneering artists who introduced Knoxville audiences to Art Nouveau, Impressionism, and other international art movements of their day; Joseph and Beauford Delaney, two of America’s most significant African-American artists; and works from the 1950s and 1960s by the Knoxville Seven, a group of progressive artists connected to the University of Tennessee who transformed and energized the area’s artistic climate. More recent art includes mixed-media objects by visionary sculptor Bessie Harvey along with a selection of works by leading area artists whose creations represent the quality and diversity of art-making in the region today.

Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee will be on display throughout 2009. The Knoxville Museum of Art is located at 1050 World's Fair Park Drive in Knoxville and is open Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, and $5 for non-members.

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