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 - March 31 - April 6

These short videos below provide an introduction to the Emporium.
Thank you to Knox Zine for this lovely video of our November 2014 First Friday!

This video features footage from a First Friday downtown:

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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Works on display at the Emporium