• 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!
Currently Showing: Open Show 2016
September 17th - November 5th
This is the 48th Annual Oak Ridge Art Center's Open Show! This show is a juried multi-media exhibition open to all artists. We showcase exceptional work produced throught our region without size, geographic, or media limitations. Each year our guest juror critiques each and every piece submitted and the critiques are given in writing to the artists. This year's guest juror is Kim Winkle, the new Executive Director of the Appalachian Center for Craft and Tennessee Tech in Smithville. Ms. Winkle also has a background in fine arts, craft and furniture design. This show is open to the public 7 days a week and admission is free. Check out our Facebook page for some photographs of this show posted daily through the week.
Gallery of Holiday Shops and Bake Sale
November 12th 9 AM - 4 PM
Mark your calendars as this November 12th is our annual Gallery of Holiday Shops and Bake Sale! This is our annual fine art and craft sale held in November each year. Gallery of Holiday Shops features handmade fine crafts such as jewelry of all descriptions, functional and fine craft ceramics, baskets, handmade soaps, small quilted items and accessories, handcrafted wooden items, and a wonderful array of paintings and photography by regional artists.
At the same time, we offer a fabulous sale of homebaked goods contributed by our membership. Cooks and non-cooks alike, stock up on the specialities of local culinary stars for holiday entertaining and gifting. This is a great way to kick off your holiday season and a wonderful opportunity to buy local.
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
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
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.