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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 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. Please join us for the opening reception and awards presentation on Sept. 17th. There will be a short gallary talk about the show at 6:30PM followed by the reception at 7PM. All are welcome to attend this event.

Followed in October by our
Annual Concert Series

October 21st will be the 5th Annual Clinton/Oak Ridge '60's Band Reunion "Rock the Ridge" Show and Review. There will be five R&B bands:

The Deltas (Clinton, mostly CHS '65)

The Embers (Clinton, mostly CHS '67)

The Impacts (Oak Ridge, mostly ORHS '68 and '69)

The Pastels (Clinton, mostly CHS '69 and '70)

The Soul Sanction (Oak Ridge, mostly ORHS '68)

And four Garage Bands:

The Earls (Oak Ridge, mostly ORHS '64 and '65)

The Knight Riders (Oak Ridge, ORHS '67)

The Rogues (Oak Ridge, ORHS '67)

Stone (Oak Ridge, ORHS '72)

Brand new to our concert lineup on Sat October 22nd we will have our first ORAC Singer/Songwriter Concert - "Secret City Limits". We ave a great lineup including :

Our Headliners - Count This Penny (Amanda and Allen Rigell) followed by

Red Shoes and Rosin (Jessica Watson (guitar), Meade Armstrong (fiddle), and Shawna Cyphers (mandolin) ) from Knoxville.

Mark True, songwriter for Chrystal Gayle and others, from Auburn AL.

Thomas Oliver, from Tybee Island GA.

Both concerts will be held at the Historic Grove Theater here in Oak Ridge. Tickets can be purchased at the TNBank Main Branch on Illinois Ave., at the Oak Ridge Art Center on Badger Rd. or you can contact Jake Alexander (865) 705-6602or via email at jalex1@att.net


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 - Sept. 23rd

Brown bag luncheon and video presentation, 12 noon.

This month's topic: Understanding Art: Impressionism

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, President
Ryan Braby
Linda Ducamp, Vice President
Nicole Ferrara
Pat Fitchpatrick
Debra Gurney
Janie Hiserote
Roger Lankford
Louise McKown
Betsy Spooner
Phil Stumbo
Darrell Thomas
Sue Brasel Thomas, Treasurer
Susan Wojnar, Secretary

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

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