Visit First Fridays at Dogwood Arts

Shannon HerronDowntown, Our Town Arts

The Dogwood Gallery features monthly-rotating exhibitions by local and regional artists. On the First Friday of each month, we host an opening reception for the new exhibition from 5-8 p.m. as a part of the Downtown Knoxville Art Walk.

Explore galleries, studios and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and at a variety of venues; drop in restaurants along the way and treat yourself to drinks and great food.

As you arrive downtown, look for ArtWalk flags to guide your way to events that are free and open to the public. Every month – year-round – brings fresh new exhibits, performances, dining opportunities and special events.

First Fridays at Dogwood Arts are sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union, the Tennessee Arts Commission and Cherokee Distributing Company.

The gallery is located at 123 W. Jackson Ave.; hours are M-F 10 to 5.

Call for artists: The Dogwood Regional Exhibition showcases fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists throughout our region. The juried exhibition takes place annually at the Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville. 40+ artists will be selected to participate. Click here to apply.

New this year: We are expanding the exhibition to include additional space for installations in the Dogwood Arts Gallery (just down the street from the Emporium Center). This may include large-scale sculptural work and/or site-specific installations of any kind. There will be a materials stipend based on scale and level of involvement.


  • Application Deadline: Monday, July 10
  • Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday, July 18
  • Artwork Delivery to the Emporium: Monday, July 31, between 9 to 5.
  • Opening/public reception: First Friday, Aug 4, 5-8 p.m.
  • Exhibition datesAugust 4-25, 2023

Watch Ashton Ludden paint a mural here.

Shannon Herron oversees marketing, communications and design services for the 18 annual events and programs of Dogwood Arts.


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