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Mission Statement

 The Fountain City Art Center is dedicated to providing a variety of visual arts experiences and opportunities for the public in an inviting and educational environment. The Center is a venue for area artists, art groups, performing artists and young students to exhibit their work, attend meetings, classes, workshops, lectures, and demonstrations, and to find inspiration from one another.  Our policy is to charge no admission or fee of any kind for any of the art exhibits, performances, or demonstration and lecture series and to make these features available to everyone regardless of  any handicapped condition, race, religion or creed. We also actively seek annual contributions and grants to make art class scholarships available to those in need, especially area youth.

The Fountain City Art Center is a Great Community Resource!

Knoxville:  If you are looking for art classes or workshops  in a wide variety of media, come visit the Fountain City Art Center located in the old library building at 213  Hotel Avenue next to the Fountain City Park.  We offer classes in children’s art  for ages 6-12, clay for children 8 and up, adults’ classes in watercolor, oils,  various drawing disciplines, bookmaking, oil pastels, clay, bookmaking, and  fused glass jewelry.  Classes are held every day except Sunday and include some  evenings.  This  spring, we have special workshops in mixed media, bookmaking, and soft pastels.  If you have an interest in an area not currently offered, don’t hesitate to call  and tell us what you are looking for.  We create classes that serve the needs and interests  of the community.  Most instructors will teach a new class once the enrollment reaches 5 students or more. Call (865) 357-2787, or email fcartcenter@knology.net with requests.The Art Center also offers professional-quality year-round exhibits with no admission charged (see Exhibits page for 2011 details).  Public viewing hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9-5; Wednesday and Friday 10-5; and Saturdays 9-1. We feature Knox County Schools Student Exhibits during the school  year.  Through the  Knox County Schools art instructors, we offer summer camp art class  scholarships.  Funding  for our children’s art class scholarships is courtesy of the Monday Foundation,  the TN Arts Commission, and the City of Knoxville.  In June, all area artists are encouraged to enter the juried and judged Fountain City Art Center Open Show. Fountain City Art  Center members may also enter the annual Fountain City Art Center Members’ Show  in October.The Fountain City Art Guild meets in the Art Center once each month and sponsors shows here in the spring and in the fall.  New members for the Guild are juried prior to the spring and fall shows  (April and October).The Parkside Open Door Gallery is an artists’ market (co-operative) located in the Art Center building.  This gallery offers a gift-giving paradise filled with paintings, handmade books, pottery, photography, jewelry, cards, prints, and so much more!  Stop by and browse through the  various artist venues that are priced very modestly in order to appeal to all  budgets.)  Three gallery artists are featured a special display each month.The Fountain City Art Center is located in the old Fountain City Branch  Library and opened in October, 2004.   Remember,  we have new art displays every month that are all family friendly and we invite you to come by each month to see what’s new.  This is a wonderful cultural and educational resource in the Knoxville area, please drop by.We are a 501( c ) 3 nonprofit organization available to one and all!

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