Dolly Parton

Downtown Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37902



The Dolly Parton mural located in Strong Alley (also known as Artist Alley in Downtown Knoxville) was vandalized in April 2020, leaving many Knoxville residents and Dolly fans feeling heartbroken and angry. The mural was completed in 2019 by Colton Valentine, a street artist/muralist based in San Antonio, Texas.

The unfortunate act of vandalism, which also impacted four other murals in Strong Alley, required extensive restoration but also presented a perfect opportunity to enhance the artwork with new design elements that evoke the spirit of Parton herself. After alerting Valentine of the vandalism and consulting him on next steps, Dogwood Arts asked local artist Megan Lingerfelt to restore and enhance the popular piece.