Knoxville Museum of Art and The Pat Summitt Foundation to Co-Host Special Program

Exploring Art and The Brain


Knoxville, TN – Representatives of the Knoxville Museum of Art and The Pat Summitt Foundation are teaming together to co-host a special program exploring the topic of art and the brain.

“Inside Out: Art and the Brain” will be held on Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7pm in the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Ann and Steve Bailey Hall. Guests will hear a presentation by Monica Crane, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Research for The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cole Neuroscience Center, as well as a presentation by Stephen Wicks, the Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

"Studying the healthy brain perceiving art helps us understand the precarious nature of our visual reality. The artist is the neuroscientist unlocking the secrets of the visual brain,” said Dr. Crane.

Stephen Wicks will examine works in the museum’s collection that hint at changes in the psychological state of the artist, and/or present perceptual challenges to the viewer. As Wicks explains, “I am fascinated by art’s dual ability to activate the brain of the viewer while reflecting the psyche of the artist.”

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the event and there will be a cash bar.  Admission is free but guests are asked to pre-register for the event, either online at or by calling Kate Faulkner at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 865-525-6101, extension 246.  Parking at the museum is free.  

About The Pat Summitt Foundation

The Pat Summitt Foundation, a Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt in November 2011. Its mission is to award grants to exemplary non-profit organizations that advance research for treatment and a cure, provide support for patients and caregivers, and educate the public on Alzheimer’s disease. In January 2015, The Pat Summitt Foundation formed a strategic partnership with the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN, to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic. To learn more please visit, like us on, and follow us on Twitter: @webackpat.  

About the Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit