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Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 Worlds Fair Park

History of the Knoxville Museum of Art:

The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The KMA’s predecessor, the Dulin Gallery of Art, opened in 1961. By the middle 1980s the gallery had outgrown its quarters in the 1915 Dulin House, a landmark design of John Russell Pope, which also lacked adequate parking and public transportation access.  A major community effort raised $11 million for a state-of-the-art facility overlooking the site of the 1982 World’s Fair in downtown Knoxville.  In March 1990, the Knoxville Museum of Art opened in its current 53,200 square-foot facility, designed by renowned museum architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. The exterior of the four-story steel and concrete building, named in honor of Jim Clayton, the largest single contributor to its construction, is sheathed in the pink Tennessee marble quarried near Knoxville.


Kristin Bass

Saturday, July 14, 2018
This is a diverse and fascinating museum. I attended a lively after hours event (Alive After Five) and was very impressed with the art, the conviviality, and the conversation. I talked to one of the staff members at length about one of the Leo Villarreal pieces, and about his observations of visitors' interactions with art in that gallery. That was great! If I'm ever in the area again, I'll be sure to pay the museum another visit.

Angela Culbertson

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Small museum but was definitely a wonderful experience. From classic oil paintings to intriguing modern art and some works in between. Some exhibits are permanent with featured temporary exhibits. I would definitely recommend and will be watching future exhibits to possibly return for another visit!

Chris Wallo

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
It's a nice museum that has more artwork than it might seem from the outside. My girlfriend and I spent 90 minutes or so here waiting to be able to check into our hotel and it was time well spent.

Joe Barnosky

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Stumbled into this place looking for another. What caught my attention was the free part of it. There was a Where's Waldo event going on in the city and this was one place that participating in it. The museum is filled with art of all different kinds, divided by types of art. There is also a kids area where kids can create a variety of art with different mediums. And the museum isn't just in doors, it continues out into a courtyard. Overall a pretty neat little museum to visit.

lisa ellis

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Staff are warm and helpful, even when i walked in with 4 young children. The gardens are nice and peaceful. Love this place- this is where i go when i am alone.

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