Black in Appalachia, an initiative of East Tennessee PBS, explores the roots of African-American influence on the history and culture of Appalachia through documentaries, research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition. This project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of the Black communities of the mountain South.
Exhibit dates: August 28 – November 21, 2020
Location: Atrium Gallery of the Kingsport Renaissance Center | 1200 E. Center Street | Kingsport, TN
Kingsport Community History Project for Black in Appalachia-
In partnership with the Kingsport City Archives & the Kingsport Friends of the Archives, The Kingsport Community History Project’s goal is to work with the Black communities of Sullivan & Hawkins Counties of Tennessee and Scott County, Virginia to fully document and make accessible the community’s history.
One major outcome of this project has been the development of a series of mobile Black history displays for use in public spaces. Much of the material collected comes from residents & churches through Community History Days hosted at V.O. Dobbins Community Center. We’re also building a collection of oral histories from participants.
This project began in November 2018 and will continue into the future with ongoing scan & interview days.
For more information, please call the Kingsport City Archives at 423-224-2559
Call to Muralists
Requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The City of Kingsport, under the direction of the Office of Cultural Arts, with advisement from both the Public Art Committee and the Greenbelt Committee, is requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt. At this time, the project consists of two murals, which may grow to more. The suggested theme for the murals are vintage Kingsport, or nature you would find along the greenbelt. Text should only be used if significant to the design of the mural.
The Kingsport Greenbelt is a part of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Kingsport. The city is looking to make the Greenbelt more beautiful and inviting by adding artwork to overpasses along the path. There are different layouts to the overpasses. The two that are up for current artists’ consideration are the Eastman Road overpass, and the Clinchfield Street overpass. Artists may submit entrees for one or both overpass murals, but must indicate which street they are applying for. Artists are encouraged to research the overpasses included in this project.
RFQ Greenbelt Mural < Click here for more information on how to submit your application, along with photos of the mural locations.
A portion of our gift shop items are now for sale ONLINE! Follow this link to shop digitally: ONLINE ORDERING Shop with us even if you can’t make it to see us 🙂 Thank you for your purchase!
The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel located inside the temperature controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN (at the corner of E. Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Downtown Kingsport). We are currently closed, but hope to reopen soon. For updates to Carousel Schedule, please call 423-343-9834.
Sculpture Walk XII (12)
comes to downtown Kingsport for 1 year!
The 12th annual Sculpture Walk is here! Five new sculptures and one remaining favorite are now part of the Kingsport Sculpture Walk, curated by Catherine Murray of East Tennessee State University. Sculpture Walk XII is in the downtown area, and several of the new art can be seen on Broad Street.
A convenient place to begin the walk is near Citizen’s Bank on Main Street.
“It is so exciting to be a part of this annual project that was started by my predecessor, Bonnie Macdonald, twelve years ago,” says Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator. “We have a lot of talent on exhibit in these sculptures, not only from our region, but also from multiple states on the East coast. Our department’s mission is to not only showcase the arts and culture of Kingsport, but also to expose the Kingsport community to art and culture from all over the nation. The Sculpture Walk is a perfect example of that.”
Sculpture Walk XII will be on display through October 2020. The opening reception will feature Catherine Murray speaking about the sculpture, and refreshments, sponsored by Engage Kingsport, will be served at Impressions Fine Art Gallery—246 Broad Street, Kingsport, on October 10th, 2019 at 5:30pm.
“Pigeons,” a concrete and bronze sculpture, is brought to Kingsport by artist Colleen Rudolf. Rudolf, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Professor of Sculpture at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and has a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. “Pigeons” is located at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street.
Opposite Rudolf’s sculpture, you can find Steve Bickley’s steel sculpture “SECO.” Bickley joins us from Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, and has shown his work in over 180 exhibitions. He received his degrees from the School of Art at East Carolina University and the University of Georgia.
Mike Roig’s new sculpture “Lean on Me” is unlike his previously seen works. Fans will notice that instead of a rotating piece, Roig added color to this new installment. This adds motion through the grace and curves of the art, yet clearly defining title “Lean on Me.” Roig lives and works in Carboro, North Carolina, and earned his BA from the University of Maryland. Kingsport’s permanent public art collection features Roig’s “Yo-Yo’s Muse” and “The Answer My Friend.”
Patti Lawrence’s steel sculpture “Lost and Found,” at the corner of Sullivan and Main Streets, is an assemblage created from the demolition site of the old Woolworths building on Broad Street. Lawrence is a local Kingsport artist. Her permanent art can be found at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. You can also find her art at the Impressions Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.
CR Gray’s “Popsicles” will be featured at the Kingsport Farmers Market. A native of Key West, Florida, Gray has shown “Popsicles” in various public art exhibits, and it is now coming to Kingsport from North Carolina. His sculpture will add a pop of color to the Farmers Market, and will be a great photo opportunity for those visiting the market or carousel.
Jim Gallucci’s “Divine Wind” will continue to welcome onlookers coming from the west side of downtown at the Netherland Inn roundabout. This archway shows the repetition of the roundabout as onlookers pass through the curves of the roundabout. Gallucci has been a sculptor for more than 35 years and currently works full time sculpting in Greensboro, North Carolina.
2020 CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
DATES: (FRI – SUN) NOV. 13, 14, 15, 2020
THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION –
ARTISTIC CREATIONS FAIR!
2020 Christmas Connection
(Fri – Sun) Nov. 13, 14, 15, 2020
Now accepting Applications! (see below)
The Christmas Connection is a very well established cultural event in Kingsport, hosting some of the region’s best craft artists. This favorite holiday staple is looked forward to year after year! Year 2020 will be the 41st consecutive year serving the artists and the community! This year’s Christmas Connection will be held the 2nd weekend in November, due to elections being held the 1st week, at the Civic Auditorium. The Civic Auditorium will host artistic creations in various media, just in time for Christmas gift shopping.
Dates of 2020: November 13, 14, 15, 2020
Location: Kingsport Civic Auditorium
Sponsored by: City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts (423) 392-8414
Admission: Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public!
Applications: July 1 – DEADLINE for applications & photos. No cost to apply! Acceptance is by invitation only. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations. There will be a limited number of exhibitions for each category or media. Application packet is now available! Download 2020 application packet HERE!
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