Art Slam, a live art competition, will take place September 7th in Strong Alley! Artists will create one-of-a-kind paintings that are auctioned to benefit Strong Alley’s urban mural program. 12 talented artists will be selected to participate in Art Slam. $600 in awards will be given to participating artists. Artists also receive 25% of the winning auction bid.

Artists apply to create unique artworks on large canvases (2’x3’ or 3’x3’) within a three hour time frame during the competition (5:30-8:30pm). Canvases are provided, but artists must bring all other materials to create their artworks onsite. Artists may sketch and paint one base color on their canvas prior to the event. Artworks must be original and should not include copyrighted images. 

Questions? Contact Kate Creason at [865] 637.4561 or email

Partners: The Muse Knoxville & Central Business Improvement District 


August 10, 2018: Application Deadline

August 13, 2018: Artist Acceptance Notification

September 7, 2018: Art Slam! [Strong Alley behind Market Square 5:30-8:30]

When it comes to art, the creative process can be just as interesting as the finished product. Dogwood Art DeTour provides an intimate look into local artists’ working studios.

Artist studios are required to be open from 9am-5pm on November 3, 2018. Artist studios must be located in Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa or Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Accepted studios will recieve marketing materials, brochures, and signage to promote the event.  

Artists will also showcase 2-3 artworks at the Dogwood Arts Gallery during the month of November. A reception will be held on First Friday November 2 promoting participating artists and their open studios the following day.  

Questions? Contact Kate Creason at [865] 637.4561 or email

Sponsor: Home Federal Bank


August 10, 2018:  Early Application Deadline [$20] 

September 10, 2018:  Late Application Deadline [$30] 

September 13, 2018: Acceptance Notification Deadline

November 2, 2018: First Friday: Meet the Artists Reception  [5:30-7:30 at Dogwood Arts Office]

Novemember 3, 2018: Art DeTour [10am-5pm]

Ends on February 1, 2019$10.00

Chalk Walk remains one of the fan favorites among our visitors in April! The street painting festival, whose origination as a featured event of Dogwood Arts, drew inspiration from a 16th century Italian happening, turns Knoxville’s downtown sidewalks into a seemingly infinite canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. Dogwood Arts brings this event to Knoxville once again to continue to educate visitors and artists, alike, of this lost art in hopes of keeping it alive for future generations. Over 25,000 people attend this one-day event, and the winning artists are presented a ribbons and cash awards. 

Chalk Walk will open our April Celebration on Saturday April 6, 2019 at Market Square from 8:00am-4:30pm. Read our Chalk Walk Prospectus before you apply!

Questions? Contact Kate Creason at [865] 637.4561 or email

Sponsors: Doug's Other Honey & First Tennessee


February 1, 2019: Application Deadline (Sign Up Today! We only have 130 spaces)

April 6, 2019: Chalk Walk on Market Square

Dogwood Arts