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.
Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity is one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world. Commissioned in 2009 especially for the Knoxville Museum
The museum shop has a variety of exciting and one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone. Along with exhibition-related merchandise, posters, stationary and great coffee table books, the museum shop also offers an array of novelty and gift items. The children's section has a large selection of fun and educational toys and games, art supplies and books. Also featured are textile, glass, wood and ceramic pieces hand-made by local and regional artists. The jewelry cases are filled with beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted pieces of jewelry in gold, silver, copper, beads, leather and glass. Offerings change, so visit often.