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For Artists + Makers

A variety of businesses, arts organizations, and galleries host artists and makers in their downtown spaces. If you are interested in exhibiting your work, review the list below of venues that are actively looking to connect. 

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.

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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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: Sherry Jenkins at [email protected] or 865.637.4561

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
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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 >
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Knox Brew Hub

Type of Business: Local Craft Beer Bar + Epicenter of Knox Brew Tours

Interest: Knoxville artists; Must be family friendly.


From the venue: "We have limited space for a curated show to feature your photographs or paintings!"

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

Contact: [email protected]

421 Union Ave (865) 454-9688 More Details >
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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: Monica Armstrong at [email protected]

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
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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 >
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Maple Room

Type of Business: Cocktail Lounge 

Interest: We are open to photography, paintings, 2D art, etc.


From the venue: "We allow business cards, brochures, additional placard, etc. with artist/purchasing information. We aid in promotion with social media posts, Facebook event pages, etc. "

  • Art will be displayed on vintage brick walls, by nails
  • Displayed for one month.
  • Artwork is displayed in our upstairs Maple Room. The Maple Room is open Wednesday through Saturday. Artist is responsible for hanging artwork, although we are on hand to help. Nails have already been specifically placed and cannot be moved. 

Contact: Emily Stevens at [email protected]

414 S Gay St. (865) 249-8454 More Details >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >