The Emporium Center is Knoxville’s first true arts center. Originally built in 1898, it re-opened following renovations during the summer of 2004. Located at 100 South Gay Street, the 28,000 square feet of flexible use space houses two art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for nine other arts and cultural organizations. Additionally, the building houses studio for ten individual artists and rehearsal, classroom and meeting space. Follow the links above to learn more about the Emporium! For information on the Emporium lofts, visit

Arts & Culture Happenings - December 16-22

January 9, 2015 – ADJUSTED DATE OF FIRST FRIDAY at the Emporium
The Emporium Center has decided to host our First Friday reception on January 9, 2015 (a week later than the “true” First Friday). Although January 9 is not the “true” First Friday, the timing better ensures a healthy crowd.

These short videos provide an introduction to the Emporium:

Thank you to Knox Zine for this lovely video of our November First Friday!

This video features footage from a First Friday downtown:

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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Works currently on display at the Emporium