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Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 World's Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37916

1050 World's Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37916
(865) 525-6101
Region: Downtown

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee.

Conveniently located near World’s Fair Park, Knoxville Museum of Art is definitely one of the things to do in Knoxville. The museum hosts concerts, painting events for kids, and much more. Whether you’re with a family or by yourself, Knoxville’s Museum of Art gives everyone the opportunity to have fun. Moreover, Knoxville’s iconic scenery gives artists the chance to create aspiring work without having to leave their own backyard.

Since its opening in 1990, the KMA has presented a lively and engaging schedule of exhibitions. Higher Ground, the first permanent exhibition devoted to East Tennessee’s artistic achievements, includes objects from the KMA collection supplemented by important works borrowed from public and private collections. Higher Ground allows viewers to follow the history of artistic activity in the region over roughly a century of development and learn about the many exceptionally gifted individuals who have helped shape the area’s visual arts tradition.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is also home to the monumentally scaled sculpture by Knoxville resident and internationally acclaimed artist Richard Jolley, Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity. The sculpture is one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world and will remain on permanent view at the museum.

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents the rich visual culture of East Tennessee and explores the region’s connections to the wider currents of international art. Attractions include Richard Jolley’s Cycle of Life, the world’s largest figural glass installation. Admission is always free. Closed Mondays.