The Knoxville Museum of Art Announces New Southern Impressionism Exhibition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – “Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection,” featuring more than 40 paintings from the extensive holdings of the Johnson Collection, is on display May 4-July 29 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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

“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. Viewers can 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.

Presenting sponsor is The Frank and Virginia Rogers Foundation to honor the life of Ginny Rogers. Additional sponsorship is provided by Sis Mitchell. 

The Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865-934-2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.

Media Contact:

Angela Thomas

Director of Marketing

Knoxville Museum of Art

865-934-2034

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