Dear Friends of the KMA,

September marks the beginning of a particularly eventful fall season at the KMA! Wasting no time, things get started on September 1, the first day of Jane Cassidy: Drink up the Moon. This immersive video and sound installation is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. You don’t want to miss the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work on Thursday, September 21 at 5:30pm as part of the KMA’s Cocktails and Conversations series. Check out the Soundbath Meditation Workshops and other exhibition-related programming here.  


Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond continues on the third floor directly across from Drink up the Moon.  This permanent installation features a rotation of the KMA’s growing collection of twenty-first-century art. Right now, you can enjoy several important new acquisitions, including Hank Willis Thomas’s monumental stainless-steel E Pluribus Unum.  


Fall also brings the return of a full schedule of programs and classes, beginning with Second Sunday art activities the whole family can enjoy together on September 10. Additional classes and programs are listed below.  


The KMA curatorial staff is in the final, intense throes of putting together a beautiful and ambitious color-illustrated publication in time for the November 3 opening of the new and expanded version of Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee.  Watch for your invitation to a very special members’ opening!  This month, the galleries on the main entry floor that will house the new installation are being outfitted with state-of-the-art lighting and a new wall configuration. We’re very excited that Higher Ground 2.0 will offer recorded cell phone audio tours in English and Spanish (with a version in English for visually impaired visitors) and a video tour in American Sign Language. We can’t wait to have the entire building open again and rediscover the artistic riches of our region!  

The new Higher Ground will be my last big project as KMA executive director, so I’m understandably ambivalent about its impending completion. Things are progressing nicely on the search for my successor, and we are hoping to be able to make an announcement soon, so stay tuned!  


I look forward to seeing you soon at the KMA. Thanks to your membership support, admission is free for everyone, and many programs and activities can be offered without charge.

Thank you!  

Executive Director

David Butler


Second Sunday Art Activity

Sunday, September 10 1-4pm

Children in grades K-6 are invited to drop in for a hands-on

art activity taught by a certified art teacher.

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Second Sunday Docent Tour

Sunday, September 10 2-3pm

Learn from a trained docent about the KMA collection

and exhibitions on view. Meet at the front desk at 1:55pm.

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Cocktails & Conversation with Jane Cassidy

Thursday, September 21 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening lecture with artist Jane Cassidy.

Drinks begin at 5:30pm and the lecture begins at 6pm.

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Clay Relief Workshop

Instructor: Annamaria Gundlach

Tuesdays, September 12 & 19 10am-12pm

Members: $35 | Non-Members: $45

(for both sessions)

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Soundbath Meditation Workshop

Instructor: Jennifer Aparicio

Sundays, September 17 & 24 and October 15 & 29 2pm

Each session: $35 | Entire series: $120

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Planters with Pizzaz Workshop

Instructor: Bryan Wilkerson

Thursdays, September 28 and October 5, 19 & 26 6-9pm

Members: $150 | Non-Members: $165

(for the entire series)

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Opens September 1

Jane Cassidy

Drink Up the Moon

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Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee & Beyond

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Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity

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Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass

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Land Family

Sculpture Garden

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Higher Ground: A Century of

the Visual Arts in East TN

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Through September 10

Summer Art Academy 2023

Kramer Education Center

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Through September 30

Annoor Academy of Knoxville

KMA Education Gallery

Artwork: Aliya Quraishi, 5th


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The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates East Tennessee’s rich, diverse visual culture and its connections to the wider currents of world art. 

This project is supported in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the

Arts & Culture Alliance, and by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S Department of Treasury.