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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2018

Arts Calendar

Knoxville Museum of Art Announces New Southern Impressionism Exhibition
Anthony Johannes Thieme (1888-1954), Entrance to Magnolia Gardens in Spring, Charleston, SC, undated. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

Knoxville Museum of Art Announces New Southern Impressionism Exhibition

Date(s):  May 04 - July 29, 2018
Venue: Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World's Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37919
www.knoxart.org

KNOXVILLE, TN — " The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection (May 4-July 29), featuring more than 40 paintings from the extensive holdings of the Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

"Scenic Impressions" examines the influence of the Impressionist movement on art created in and about the American South. Artists represented in the exhibition include Kate Freeman Clark, Elliott Daingerfield, Gilbert Gaul, Alfred Hutty, Rudolph Ingerle, Willie Betty Newman, Alice Huger Smith, William Posey Silva and Catherine Wiley, many of whom exhibited their work in Knoxville in the early twentieth century. The exhibition enables KMA viewers to appreciate the accomplishments of East Tennessee Impressionists such as Catherine Wiley within the larger context of her peers from around the Southeast.

Scenic Impressions is organized by the Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Johnson Collection is one of the premier collections of Southern painting in the country. Scenic Impressions underscores the Johnsons’ commitment to illuminating the rich cultural history of the American South and advancing scholarship in the field.

“The artists in Scenic Impressions were inspired by the beauty and variety of Southeastern landforms, especially along the extensive coastline and in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina,” said KMA Executive Director David Butler. “The vision of these painters stimulated a new appreciation of the Appalachian landscape that eventually led to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They showed us how to value what’s in our own backyard. The Johnson Collection has done us all a tremendous service by gathering so many first-rate examples of this rich and creative period.”

The opening reception Thursday, May 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.



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