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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The eighth annual Art in Public Places Knoxville exhibition, an outdoor sculpture exhibition presented by Dogwood Arts, will open on April 4, and local residents and visitors will be able to view these unique pieces in downtown Knoxville and McGhee Tyson Airport through March 20, 2015 with free admission.

Founded in 2007, Art in Public Places was created to help establish Knoxville as an arts destination by supporting not only local contemporary artists, but also the creative culture of the city. Founders Edward Mannis and Bart Watkins took it upon themselves to turn this hope into a reality by spreading their appreciation of impressive public art work into the annual exhibition. The Art in Public Places exhibition has since been viewed by 2.5 million people passing through McGhee Tyson Airport and by 13 million area residents visiting downtown Knoxville each year.

Kenneth M. Thompson returns as the Juror for the 2014-2015 exhibitions. Kenneth holds a Master of Liberal Studies in Sculpture from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Siena Heights College, in Adrian, Mich. While many of his sculptures are in Ohio and Michigan, Thompson’s work can be seen in other states. He has done 41 pieces of public sculpture across the country. Ken has been making sculpture for over thirty years out of his car-dealership-turned-studio in Blissfield, Michigan. From this facility he operates Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Galleries as well as Midwest Sculpture Initiative, which provides exhibitions that feature outdoor sculpture. Fourteen shows are planned for next year, he says. He also serves or has served on numerous arts-oriented boards.

The opening reception is from 5-9 p.m. on April 4 in the Krutch Park Extension in dowtown Knoxville and McGhee Tyson Airport. The awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 4.

Art in Public Places Knoxville is sponsored by Central Business Improvement District, Chapman Family Foundation, Emerson Process Management, Gerdau, Liz-Beth & Co., Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Mr. and Mrs. James Begalla, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Prestige Cleaners, Scripps Networks Interactive, The Bed Store.

For more information on Dogwood Arts, visit www.dogwoodarts.com or call 865-637-4561.

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