Upcoming Events

September 8thWORLD’S FAIR CONFIDENTIAL
the untold stories of the World’s Fair will be exclusively revealed to Art House at a private
showing of the ETHC exhibit “You Should Have Been There,” a celebration of its 40th
anniversary with many insiders that were there in 1982. Signature cocktails by Stanton
Webster of Post Modern Spirits, Beer & Wine, World’s Fair inspired Fare. Presented by
the East Tennessee History Center.
October 21stBBQ AT THE MCBRIDES
artists Jay and Marga McBride are opening their fabulous new Arcadia estate to Art
House for a two-in-one Art Collecting & Studio Tour event that you won’t want to miss.
November 15thARCHIVE TOUR WITH STEPHEN WICKS
the distinguished KMA curator Stephen Wicks and his curatorial staff will explore the
KMA archives and beyond in an exclusive behind the scenes look at the collections currently
housed below the gallery walls and a preview of the upcoming exhibits before public viewing.
December 2nd6TH ANNUAL SECRET LOCATION HOLIDAY PARTY
Shhhh…. it’s a secret! Location details to be shared with members day of the event.
December 9thKMA HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR
Winter 2023SNEAK PEAK: A CELEBRATION OF THE TENNESSEE TRIENNIAL
with Tr-Star Arts Co-Founders, Brian & Cari Jobe
Winter 2023AN EVENING WITH ARTIST JESSICA RAMSEY
April 22, 2023ARTIST ON LOCATION
April 2023THE ART OF THE PARTY
at the home of Paula Chesworth
May 2023KICK-OFF TO SUMMER
at the KMA

Chris McAdoo Live at the KMA

Join Art House for an evening of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, performance art, and auction. All proceeds benefit Art House.

Feature artist Chris McAdoo will share his passion for storytelling through painting “the stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves, and the liminal space between those two shores” during a live performance in which he will create several original artworks throughout the evening to be auctioned off at the event. He has also created a limited series of prints exclusively for Art House to be sold at the event.

The evening will also include signature cocktails, food provided by former Farmstead Manager at Blackberry Farm, Dustin Busby of DSB Provisions, and live music by the popular local funk/soul band, Milkshake Fatty.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-house-at-the-kma-presents-mcadoo-live-tickets-381271933617?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

ABOUT CHRIS MCADOO: ARTIST, CREATOR, SPEAKER

Chris McAdoo is an artist and creative professional living in East Tennessee who believes that creativity can change the world. His work is intensely autobiographical and uses paint and canvas to focus on “the stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves, and the liminal space between those two shores”. His paintings and original prints have been featured in numerous exhibitions, private collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for over twenty years. Chris is also an accomplished speaker, traveling all over the United States, focusing on the power of creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and the practice of design. chrismcadoo.com

Art House would like to thank our incredible sponsors for which the event would not be possible without their support!

A Night at the Museum with Beauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons with a lithographic stone.

As the self-appointed Director of the Hokes Archives, for more than 40 years Beauvais Lyons has been fabricating and documenting imaginary archaeology, medical archives, folk art, zoology and most recently, a fictitious circus from Jacksboro, Tennessee. You can see some of Lyons’ work in his exhibition Ornithological Quadrupeds, a portfolio of four-legged birds currently on view at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture in the UT campus through January 28, 2022.

At first, many viewers to his exhibitions have been taken in by his faithful use of historical methods and the plausibility of his fictive worlds. As his art may be understood as a form of parody, Lyons uses various ironic signals to call attention to the work as fiction, including the name of the Hokes (as in “hoax’) Archives itself. He often accompanies his exhibitions playing the role of curator, preacher, or ringmaster. The mock-documentary aspects of his projects raise a variety of issues about role of art as a form of both fiction and truth-telling.

“Plate 321,” a lithograph from the exhibition “Reconstruction of an Aazudian Temple” which toured North America in the mid-1990s.

For his Art House presentation, Lyons will bring a selection of works from his archives to the KMA and will give a presentation about not only his work, but other artists who create mock-documentary exhibitions. His presentation will reference Antoinette LaFarge’s new book Sting in the Tale: Art Hoax, and Provocation in which LaFarge advocates for a form of mock-documentation she calls fictive art, referencing Lyons’ projects and others, including the “Centaur Excavations of Volos,” in the Hodges Library on the UT Knoxville campus.

“Plate 321,” a lithograph from the exhibition “Reconstruction of an Aazudian Temple” which toured North America in the mid-1990s.

Beauvais Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he has taught printmaking since 1985 and heads the nationally ranked printmaking program. Lyons received his MFA degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and his BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. See his web site for information on his various projects. Lyons’ one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 80 museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. His prints are in several notable public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. PA. In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland. In 2014 he received the Santo Foundation Artist Award, and in 2017 he received the SECAC Excellence in Teaching Award.


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An Evening Under the Stars

Under the Stars was a memorable evening at the KMA for ArtHouse members. Attendees gathered for after dinner drinks and small bites to hear from Local Artist Richard Jolley. Jolley, who is arguably one of the most accomplished glass blowers of our time, has called Knoxville his home since establishing his studio here in 1975. His work is on exhibition in over 64 galleries and museums across the nation as well as internationally. 

Members of ArtHouse were able to met both Richard and his wife Tommie, and hear about the inspiration, production and installation of the Cycle of Life. Cycle of life is the largest glass installation of the world and is a permanent feature in the Bailey Hall at the KMA. The 7 stage exhibit took 6 years to create and over 3 months to install. 

Members were also able to hear form a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) representative. The KSO has created a symphony inspired by this piece that will be performed this April. ArtHouse members are welcome to a 20% off ticket price and invited to a champagne toast opening night. Be sure to mark your calendars for this event! 

Art Collecting at the home of Jeannie Bennett

Our first home tour of the season was graciously granted by Bennett Galleries founder, Jeannie Bennett.

Guests were treated to a self-guided tour of her curated collection, which she described as pieces that bring her joy. Most of her pieces represent longstanding relationships with artists, of various styles and media, that have developed over decades of prominence in the art world.

One of the artists represented, Scott Duce, attended the event as he is in town for the opening of his work at Bennett showcased with Marga McBride.

Bennett’s motto is Life is an Art…and her home exemplifies the statement perfectly.

Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Member Appreciation Party: September 30

Art House is finally back! Thank you for joining us for an evening of celebration, local bites and specialty cocktails in the June & Rob Heller North Garden at the KMA. We were so pleased to have great turnout to show our appreciation for your support throughout the years and especially during the last year.

As we finally have opportunity to be together again, our season’s calendar has been set and we hope to see you again soon at one of our upcoming events. Look for details and invitations as dates approach.

Artists Give Back: Jolley

During these unprecedented times, artists are doing what they always do – creating.  But the purpose behind their artistic efforts is changing during the pandemic.

Art House is catching up with some of the artists, near and dear to our hearts, to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping their work, and in some cases, creating a new series of art entirely.

Local artist Richard Jolley – who is responsible for the KMA’s Circle of Life installation in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall – was missing his usual traditions, and one in particular. Each Easter, Richard and and his wife, Tommie, exchange Godiva Chocolate bunnies.  But with stores closed, and a “shelter in place” mandate in the state of Tennessee, Richard and Tommie had to forgo this annual swap.

This got them thinking of all the things people may be missing – more essential things, like fresh food and non-perishables to eat.

Richard and Tommie’s thoughts raced – how could they take this special tradition and turn it into a way to help those in need?  As an internationally recognized glass sculptor, Richard created stunning cobalt blue bunnies adorned with masks; the “blue sky bunnies,” as he named them, are inspired by the Godiva Chocolate bunnies.

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The bunnies are available for purchase from art galleries through out the United States.  For every bunny sold the vast majority of the proceeds will go to the gallery’s food bank of choice.

Each bunny is uniquely made and while the size averages at roughly just 8 inches the impact is far greater.

Knoxville is fortunate to call Richard and Tommie local artists, and therefore have the privilege of seeing the bunnies on display and for purchase at Bennett Gallery. Bennett has chosen Second Harvest food as the local food bank to support.

Art House appreciates Richard sharing this video message with us!