2013 exhibits and events share the central theme of “Storytelling: A Sense of Place”.
- Rotating exhibits from
January through December: Clothing
through the Decades
Exhibit Sponsor: Johnson’s Department Store
- January 5 to February 28: Photography
Exhibit, Vanishing Appalachia
Vanishing Appalachia is a traveling exhibition of more than 90 photographs captured by Knoxville photographer Don Dudenbostel and field recordings by media producer Tom Jester. The exhibit is an award-winning project of the Museum of East Tennessee History in Knoxville and is sponsored by the East Tennessee Historical Society.
- March 4 to March 28: Hooked Rug Show, Art Underfoot (Hook-In: March 8 and 9)
- April Fundraiser: Museum Guild Trash to Treasure Sale, dates TBA
- March 18 to April 27:
Exhibit, Tennessee Lives and
Tennessee Lives and Legacies is a traveling exhibit highlighting the state’s folk heritage through 25 profiles of folk arts subjects across Tennessee who preserve arts and culture distinctive to their families, communities, or places. The inspiration for the project draws on 25 years of field work experience by Dr. Robert Cogswell, Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program. Nashville photographer Dean Dixon was contracted to provide images that compliment Cogswell’s expressive essays.
- May 15 to July 15th: Local
Art Exhibit, Art Inspired by the Visual Textures of East Tennessee: Jim
Caldwell and Sandy Brown
Etowah resident Jim Caldwell is well known for his photographs of the Overhill region and Athens resident Sandy Brown is a sought after watercolor artist and a consultant with the Tennessee Arts Commission. Exhibiting their works side by side we will view Jim’s remarkable photographs and Sandy’s vibrant watercolor interpretation of the textures in Jim’s photographs.
- May 24 and 25: Community Event -The Cook School Reunion and the launching of the Museum’s McMinn County Oral History Project.
- June 1: MooFest- The Museum will launch the new Agriculture in Education Project upgrade of the Mayfield Dairy, Farm and Agriculture Exhibits. This new initiative will teach area students to make connections between people, land, food and their community.
- Summer programming will feature the Susan Lenz Community Art Demonstration Project “The Sock Quilt: Looking for a Mate”
- July 15 to September 5: Exhibit,Common People in Uncommon Times:
Civil War in TN
A traveling exhibition organized by the State Museum to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, focusing on how it impacted the lives of Tennesseans.
- September 28 to October
19: Event, The Year of the Art Quilt
Sponsored by Crescent Sock, the event will host a judged quilt competition and a presentation by Fiber Artist Susan Lenz. The museum will also host presentations on the textile industry in McMinn County and hold discussion groups on the study of quilts as historic documents.
- October 12: Pumpkintown (Heritage Row Exhibit)
- November 2nd Fundraiser: Heritage Hustle 5K Run
- November 14th Fundraiser: Museum Guild Holiday House
- November/December: Exhibit, Home for the Holidays
A furniture exhibit by Athens woodworkers Jeff Wilkins and Johnny McGrew with a retrospective of the fine craftsmanship of Walter Vincent.