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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!

Open Show 2014

Open Show is our annual juried mixed media exhibition focusing on exceptional work being produced in our region. It is always a unique show and the variety is the beauty of the project - variety of artists, techniques, materials, styles, ideas, images, mood, aesthetics, and emotion (to name a few). All create a diverse, dynamic exhibition with new ideas and imagery. Originality is always highly prized for juried exhibitions so "familiar" images are at a distinct disadvantage and may not be selected. Even when gorgeous, they can impart a "been there, done that" feeling, so may not included in a juried exhibition.

The prospectus for Open Show 2014 was issued in July, inviting regional artists to participate. For four days, art of all sizes, subjects and media came through the door. This year's juror, Joseph Mella, Director of the Museum of Fine Art at Vanderbilt University, worked long and hard making his selections from the many fine entries. A total of 122 artists entered 330 pieces, each hoping to be accepted and if accepted to be awarded one of the many awards given for excellence.

Awards are:

Best of Show - $750;
Two-Dimensional Award of Merit- $300; and Three-Dimensional Award of Merit - $300.
There will also be several special media awards-each $100 cash- including:
the Ceramic Arts Award for excellence in ceramics sponsored by Bill and Constance Capshaw;
the Genevieve Stoughton Memorial Award for excellence in oil painting sponsored by Cleva Marrow;
the Bill Wheat Memorial Award for excellence in photographic media sponsored by Jean Wheat Gregory;
the Anne K. Moore Memorial Award for excellence in transparent watercolor painting sponsored by John Moore;
and the Metalsmithing Award for excellence in metal arts -sponsored by Judy Kidd.

In addition, there will be six $100 cash awards that cross media lines:
the Young Emerging Artist Award for excellence in any media by artists 25 years of age or younger, sponsored by Eun Sook Kim;
the Works on Paper Award for excellence in any media on paper (with the exception of photography) sponsored by Kathy Holland;
and the Viewer's Choice Award-to be awarded at the end of the exhibition to the artist whose work gets the most votes, in memory of George Kidd.

Three of the media awards have anonymous sponsors:
the Dot Hightower Memorial Award for excellence in any media depicting a strong sense of the individual (artist);
the Anna Davies Needle and Thread Award for excellence in any media that is created using a needle and thread;
and the Phyllis Wichner Memorial Award for excellence in collage and/or printmaking.

Several Honorable Mention Awards will also be available. The Honorable Mentions - $25 gift certificates to Jerry's - will be sponsored by Jerry's Art-A-Rama.

Awards will be presented at the opening reception on September 12, 2014 at 7 PM. A gallery talk will precede the opening at 6:30 PM and our Hot Pots/Cool Art (public raku firing FUNdraiser) preview will coincide, so there will be plenty to view and do. We hope you will join us for this incredible event!

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?

Hot Pots Cool Art

September 13th!

Fall class schedule begins

September 15-19

August 2nd and 3rd

Open Show 2014

Opening September 12, 2014

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.

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

Advisory Board:
Bill Capshaw
Judy Kidd
Ruth Prince
Sue Brasel Thomas

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