Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 World's Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916 - United States





Free Everyday

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, enhances Knoxville’s quality of life and economic development, and operates ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a public trust.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is located in downtown Knoxville, TN near World's Fair Park and the famous Sunsphere. The museum's permanent collection shares the story of East Tennessee artists in the exhibition High Ground: A Century of Visual Arts in East Tennessee, featuring historical artists who lived and worked in the area. Currents: Art from East Tennessee and Beyond extends the story into national and international contemporary art. The story continues with Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass, the Thorne Miniature Rooms Collection, and the monumental 7 ton glass and steel installation Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity by local glass artist Richard Jolley. Enjoy our sculpture gardens while admiring the "pink" Tennessee marble clad building designed by American Architect, Edward Larrabee Barns. The KMA is open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is free.


Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival
August 23, 2019 - November 10, 2019
Expatriate American artist, James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) played an essential role in the etching revival of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition Whistler & Company includes nearly a dozen works by Whistler accompanied by more than 50 etchings by some of his most accomplished American and European contemporaries. Whistler’s gritty images of the River Thames, views of Venice, and Parisian scenes revived, at least in part, the art of etching in the 19th century. Works from Whistler’s ‘Thames Set’ and ‘French Set’ are featured in the exhibition. Other artists who participated in the etching revival include Francis Seymour Haden, James McBey, Edwin Edwards, David Young Cameron, Muirhead Bone, Mortimer Menpes, Charles Meryon, Maxime Lalanne, Joseph Pennell, and Frank Duveneck, among others.

The etching revival of the second half of the 19th century took hold in France, England and the United States. Artists set out to reestablish etching—the art of incising lines with an etching needle into a thin copper plate which was then inked and pressed into paper with the help of a printing press to create impressions—as an art form that could stand on its own. Inspired by Rembrandt, and the old masters, practitioners created remarkable original and expressive compositions that gained popularity with refined collectors and the broader public.

Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania


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