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Knoxville Museum of Art

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The Knoxville Museum of Art opened in March 1990 in a state-of-the-art, 53,200 square-foot facility designed by renowned museum architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. The building, clad in Tennessee marble, is named in honor of local philanthropist Jim Clayton, the largest donor to the building fund.  The KMA's collection of approximately 700 objects consists of 20th- and 21st-century works on paper, paintings, mixed media works, sculpture, and fine craft. It continues to grow through gifts from noted artists, galleries, collectors, and foundations, and purchases funded by the Collectors Circle (a museum support group) of important works by artists of regional and national significance.
Since 1990, children, families, and adults from throughout Tennessee and surrounding states have taken advantage of the museum tours, workshops, artist residencies, outreach programs, lectures, concerts, and family activities which form the core of the museum's educational programming. The museum has become a pioneer in innovative collaborations that focus on interpreting changing exhibitions and partnering with other community organizations, East Tennessee colleges, universities and public K-12 schools, and other museums. New iPod audiotours are available for exploring artworks in the collection, and in development are Family Backpacks, fun activities for parents and children to direct viewing and family fun in the galleries. The Exploratory Gallery features artist-designed installations geared to the interests of children and allows participants to interact with works of art and learn about the artistic process through hands-on experiences. The popular Alive After Five concert series and frequent community events attract thousands each year and complement the KMA's visual offerings.
2012 Holiday Hours:
Closed: Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day

Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday, 1pm-5pm Closed Mondays

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