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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.

Our galleries host new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. We try to present diverse media, techniques, styles, and content to appeal to a broad audience.

Current Exhibition


Recent Exhibitions

Selections From The Permanent Collection
December 14 through February 1

Seen & Unseen: Multimedia Art by Regional Artists

March 2nd through April 8th in our Foyer Gallery
Current Art Center Instructors

"Herron on Greenbriar" by Kate McCullough.

Through March 16th 2019 in our Main Gallery
Women's Work: Parity

Gothic Retirement by Sue Brasel Thomas

Retrospective: Joan O'Steen - Fiber Works and Paintings by the Artist
December 8th through January 20th

Open Show 2018

"Hey, Ernie" by Rickey A. Beene this year's winner of the Viewer's Choice Award
September through November 24th 2018 Open Show. This is the Art Center's annual juried mixed media exhibition focusing on exceptional work being produced in our area. Anyone was able to enter. There were no size, media, or geographic limitations - it was open to all artists of all media. There was a massive turnout and now you can see the best of the best according to Juror Rick Mills, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Art Department at Auburn University Montgomery.

June 30th through August 18th
Main Gallery: Common Denominators
Foyer Gallery: Class Acts: Work from the Intermediate Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media Classes with Rex Redd

The Shadow by Susan B. Miller   (Common Denominators Show)

Coming Home by Teri Gergen (Class Acts Show)

"The Gaudy Girls" by Jan Hill (Class Acts Show)

May 5th through June 23rd - In the Main Gallery we had the "Knoxville Watercolor Society's Spring Show". In the Foyer Gallery we had "Class Acts: Explorations in Waterbased Media".

March 10 - April 28 2018 in all galleries we had "Metamorphosis III: Recycle to Art".
We feel sure you have heard the phrase "one man's trash is another man's treasure. The third in the series, "Metamorphosis III: Recycle to Art", is an open entry exhibition in which all work entered must be created with recycled materials or parts.


Upcoming Exhibitions

"Then and Now: Traditional to Contemporary Quilts by Members of the Norris Bits & Pieces and the Oak Ridge Ritzy Thimbles Quilt Guilds", which runs March 23rd through May 11th. The Reception is on Saturday March 30th from 7-9pm with a short gallery talk about the show prior to the reception at 6:30pm. 

In addition to those exhibitions listed above, there will be several individual and group exhibitions in our Foyer Gallery. Anyone interested in participating in these foyer shows should contact the Oak Ridge Art Center to insure receipt of specific information regarding entry, 865-482-1441.

To submit a proposal for an individual or group exhibit ... The Art Center's exhibition committee usually meets once a year to select exhibitions. Please submit an artist(s) resume, artist's statement on the content of the proposed exhibit & 12-20 slides or photos of the work per artist. If you wish to have your slides/photos returned, please include return postage (self-addressed stamped envelope/mailer).

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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