For Artists

For Artists

A variety of businesses, arts organizations, and galleries host events each month for the Downtown Knoxville First Friday ArtWalk. If you are interested in exhibiting your work in a downtown venue with a First Friday opening, review the list of venues that are actively looking to connect with artists below. 

It is recommended that you read the profiles carefully to determine venues that are best suited for your work as every space is unique; then submit a completed Artist Form (along with photos of your work) to the appropriate contacts.

Awaken Coffee

Type of Business: Coffee Shop

Interest: photographs, textiles, mixed media


From the venue: "The brick in our homey space shows off art really well. We have a good stream of people coming in just to see the walls."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected]

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
BarberMcMurry Architects

Type of Business: Office

Interest: 2-D paintings, photography, mixed media


From the venue: "Our studio is uncluttered and modern, giving the space a gallery feel. Centrally located on Market Square, BarberMcMurry has considerable foot traffic on First Fridays. Art is installed for two months at a time, where it remains visible to BarberMcMurry designers and clients throughout the eight weeks."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for two months.

Contact: Heather Beck at [email protected]

505 Market St (865) 934-1915 More Details >
Bijou Theatre Art Gallery

Type of Business: Performing Arts Center

Interest: 2-D paintings, photography, mixed media.


From the venue: "The Bijou Theatre is unique in that it comes with a captive audience -- 1,000s of patrons attend events at the theatre each month and the Bijou's art gallery gives artists a chance to present their work to a captive audience that may not otherwise go to more traditional art galleries or spaces."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected]

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
Bl├╝hen Botanicals

Type of Business: Retail, Restaurant, & Coffee Shop

Interest: Open to displaying many different types of local artwork. With Blühen Botanicals being an all natural, high quality, Hemp and CBD production company, interested in artists that share the same mindset as far as using as much organic and sustainable products for their works of art.


From the venue: “We are new and fresh! Our location is within walking distance to several other local attractions and exudes a vibe of relaxation, calmness, and productivity."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked one month in advance.
  • Length of display is flexible.

Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

111 E Jackson Ave (865) 999-3153 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Type of Business: Retail

Interest: Anything created by a Knoxville-based artist that fits within the aesthetic and style of the store.


From the venue: We are located across the street from the Downtown Grill & Brewery, Blackhorse Pub, and right next door to Cruze Farm. Foot traffic is excellent in this location and we are open 7 days a week. We're proud to be one of the oldest retail businesses currently in downtown Knoxville and excited to offer a fresh alternative to the standard retail experience."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more) and/or tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one or two months.

Contact: [email protected] or 865.219.2703

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details >
Culture Hair Studio

Type of Business: Hair Studio

Interest: Paintings, mixed media, textiles, performance art, unique art installations


From the venue: "Great location, large grey/beige wall, unique clean aesthetic."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked about 6 months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected]

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details >
Dogwood Arts

Type of Business: Office, Gallery, and Arts & Culture Nonprofit

Interest: Contemporary and fine art of all styles created by individual artists, collaborative groups, and arts organizations.


From the venue: "Professional gallery located at the Dogwood Arts office in the Old City hosting group and solo exhibitions every month."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more) and/or pedestals (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked at least 6 months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: Kate Creason at [email protected] or 865.637.4561

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Type of Business: Restaurant and Gallery

Interest: Goal is to feature local or regional artists from painting to pottery.


From the venue: "Located in the heart of downtown on Gay Street, we are right in the middle of all of the First Friday excitement. We would love to be able to showcase your work."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more) and/or tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one night only ArtWalk exhibition.

Contact: Holly Rainey at [email protected] or 865.633.8111

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details >
Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel

Type of Business: Restaurant

Interest: Fine art that complements The Drawing Room's contemporary interiors.


From the venue: "The Drawing Room is a refined, contemporary space with an intimate atmosphere that serves both travelers and local residents."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more) and/or tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate works no larger than 3’ wide.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: Melanie Carlton at [email protected]

531 Henley St (865) 232-1800 More Details >
Emporium Center

Type of Business: Gallery, Office, and Artist Studios

Interest: Individual and group installations of contemporary and fine art of all styles. See exhibition policy for more information.


From the venue: "The Emporium is managed by the Arts & Culture Alliance. Five exhibition spaces are rotated each month, and our community draws 1,500+ on a First Friday! We also welcome numerous visitors throughout the month for private events, receptions, fundraisers, etc."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more), on pedestals (3-D sculptures), and/or in a large, secure glass display case.
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked at least 6 months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected], 865.523.7543

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details >
Good Golly Tamale

Type of Business: Restaurant

Interest: Anything inspired by beauty. Nothing aggressive or politically charged.


From the venue: "Our space is cozy! It has a large brick wall to hang art on with very tall ceilings."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected]

112 S Central St (865) 337-5771 More Details >
Hyatt Place

Type of Business: Hotel

Interest: 2-D paintings, photography, mixed media


From the venue: "Historic building directly on Gay Street with exposure to guests of the hotel as well as locals. Exhibit is in the lobby bar or rooftop bar if available."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one night only ArtWalk exhibition.

Contact: Natalie Branham at [email protected] or 865.770.4068

530 S Gay St (865) 544-9977 More Details >
Jackson Ave Tea Company

Type of Business: Retail

Interest: Big pieces to make tiny space beautiful.


From the venue: "Big walls and an intimate space."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked one month in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: Chuck Morris at [email protected] or 865.300.5669

555 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4558 More Details >
Knoxville Chocolate Co

Type of Business: Retail

Interest: Pottery, stationery, jewelry, and leather


From the venue: "An intimate space with white brick walls, high tin ceilings and the front table is yours for the night. Of course, there’s chocolate and that always draws a crowd."

  • Art will be displayed on tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one night only ArtWalk exhibition.

Contact: [email protected]

29 Market Square (865) 394-6349 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Type of Business: Retail

Interest: Knoxville-themed items, photography, original art, prints, jewelry, pottery, ceramics, etc.


From the venue: "Centrally located on Gay street between the Old City and Market Square, we have a versatile space to showcase all types of work. There's also live music, which generates foot traffic."

  • Art will be displayed on tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one night only ArtWalk exhibition.

Contact: Holly Steele at [email protected]

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Lox Salon

Type of Business: Hair Salon

Interest: Something that's unique done in an unusual medium or subjects presented in an atypical way.


From the venue: "We're located in an historic building in the Old City with old brick walls and very high ceilings. Not your typical four white walls."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected]

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details >
PostModern Spirits

Type of Business: Distillery and Tasting Room

Interest: Anything from local artists including but not limited to photography, painting, mixed media, etc.


From the venue: "Fun and energetic space featuring locally made spirits and cocktails."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: Stanton Webster at [email protected]

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
Pour Taproom

Type of Business: Restaurant/Taproom

Interest: 2-D paintings, photography, mixed media, any type of hanging art


From the venue: "Large, open space in the Old City. We are open 7 days a week with a high volume of customer traffic."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, photography, fabric art, more).
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one to two months.

Contact: [email protected] or 865.337.5726

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

Type of Business: Gallery

Interest: Skilled craftsmanship that blends with the existing glass pieces and/or local talent.


From the venue: "Live studio space that connects to the bar next door brings lots of traffic to the gallery."

  • Art will be displayed on tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one month.

Contact: [email protected]

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details >
Rala

Type of Business: Retail

Interest: Unique and diverse original artworks including paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, and more.


From the venue: "Located in the historic Daniel building in the Old City with high ceilings and great window visibility."

  • Art will be displayed on walls (2-D artworks, paintings, fabric art, more) and/or tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more). No photography.
  • Space can accommodate large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one to two months.

Contact: [email protected]

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
Tailgate

Type of Business: Retail

Interest: University of Tennessee or Knoxville themed items, photography, original art, prints, jewelry, ceramics, stationery, etc.


From the venue: "Our beautiful space with brick walls, vintage-inspired merchandise, and high-energy staff creates a unique backdrop for all types of UT and Knoxville-themed merchandise. We’re located in the middle of Market Square with lots of great Friday night foot traffic."

  • Art will be displayed on tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one night only ArtWalk exhibition.

Contact: [email protected]

23 Market Square (865) 540-9995 More Details >
Windows on the Park at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park

Type of Business: Restaurant

Interest: Fine art that complements Windows on the Park's contemporary interiors.


From the venue: "Windows on the Park is a large, lively venue that serves both travelers and local residents."

  • Art will be displayed on tables (3-D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more).
  • Space can accommodate a few large works of art.
  • Artists are booked a few months in advance.
  • Displayed for one night only ArtWalk exhibition.

Contact: Melanie Carlton at [email protected]

525 Henley St (865) 522-2800 More Details >