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The Art Center is supported under an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their support.

• creative visual arts programs
• ongoing exhibitions
• art and craft classes
• educational public programs

• special events

Join us and experience the possiblities of visual creative expression!

Walk a Mile In My Shoes: Art Center Members

March 15 through May 3

There were two main stipulations for inclusion in the exhibition - 1) each artist had to be a member of the Art Center, and 2) they had to interpret the theme in the work. While we hoped to challenge our membership to create using the theme, one of our main goals is to showcase the variety and breadth of work being done by our members (and hence region) from novices to professional artists. We hope the exhibition will create a snapshot of all levels of the creative process from those who are just beginning to flex their creative muscle to those who have a mature, well toned artistic prowess.

The Annual Fund

In the past several years, the Arts in Tennessee have been blessed with a dedicated stream of funds from "vanity plates" - specialty license plates that individuals may elect to purchase. This "splurge" for most of us, is a perfect way to symbolize and fund the individual and sometimes very creative side of Tennesseans. Who wouldn't love seeing "CRE8TIV" on a Tennessee tag?

These funds by law were dedicated to the arts in Tennessee and have been used for arts grants to Tennessee agencies across the state, like the Art Center. This year, the funds dropped significantly, like a million and a half dollars worth! The effect was a big hit to the grants for all arts agencies and we were no exception. Although we ranked 1st in our category, our grant award was significantly lower than expected - creating about an $8,000 shortfall in our budget that we must address. This makes our Annual Fund, a main stay of our program in normal years, even more important this year. The Art Center is not funded by the City of Oak Ridge or the County government so your assistance is vitally important.

Monthly Contributions
We have several members who have elected to contribute to the Annual Fund on a monthly basis. Monthly contributions enable these special members to contribute at a higher level without breaking their monthly budgets and helps the Art Center maintain a consistent funding stream. This wonderful assistance is a terrific way to help support the Art Center for those who can participate. Our sincerest thanks to monthly contributors from last year: Dot and Robert Hightower, Jan Hill, Cleva Marrow, Lorene Sigal, and Phil Stumbo & Janie Hiserote.

Every Gift Counts
Every gift to the Annual Fund is both important and appreciated - no matter the size. It is through the generosity of our members and friends that we maintain our programs today. We hope you will consider a gift to the Art Center and help us continue to be a strong visual arts presence into the future.

What's Coming?

Art a la Carte series

Every Picture Tells a Story
Beginning March 28th

East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild Exhibition

May 10 - June 21
Spring class schedule begins

April 7 - 11

Secret City Festival with
TN Creates

June 13th and 14th

201 Badger Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-1441



The Oak Ridge Art Center is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Tuesday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Monday:
1 - 4 p.m.

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Board of Directors:
Kathleen Alexander
Ricky Beene, President
Brenda Bridges
Linda Ducamp
Pat Fitchpatrick, Secretary
Michelle Gardner, Treasurer
Roger Lankford
Jane Longendorfer
Louise McKown
Betsy Spooner
Phil Stumbo
Sue Brasel Thomas, Vice President
Susan Wojnar

Advisory Board:
Bill Capshaw
Ruth Prince

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