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The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture is named in honor of C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing who initiated the art curriculum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1948.

Begun in 1981, the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture is a professionally managed university gallery, funded jointly by the Department of Art and the School of Architecture.


  1. To coordinate exhibitions that illustrate both historical and current attitudes in art and architecture; to support the academic goals of these respective areas; to serve as a cultural resource for the general university and regional communities.
  2. To develop a permanent collection for the purpose of scholarly research and the enrichment of the University and regional communities.
  3. To sponsor events that augment the curricula and expand students' awareness of art and architecture via artists' workshops, student critiques, public lectures, films, etc.


  1. The students whose academic career goals are in the visual arts or architecture.
  2. The general University community, both students and staff.
  3. Individuals who reside in the immediate regional community (East Tennessee).
  4. Through our touring exhibits, the southeast and the nation.


First priority is the relationship of gallery programs to the primary academic programs it supports. Programming emphasizes historic and current trends in art and architecture and stresses exhibits not readily available in our immediate area. The gallery schedule reflects various media and disciplines taught in the academic programs. It provides opportunities for students, faculty, and regional artists to exhibit their work.


Approximately 3000 objects: Areas: General contemporary in all media, Asian, Graphic Design/Illustration, Architectural Drawings/Photographs.


1. I have some art that I'd like to donate to the Ewing Gallery. How do I do that? Please contact the director, Sam Yates, and he can determine if the works will fit into our collection or not.

2. I have some art that I think is valuable. Can someone at the gallery authenticate it and tell me what it is worth? We do not do authenticate or appraise work. We recommend you check the yellow pages or the internet to find an appraiser nearby.

3. I have an old painting that is damaged. Can someone help me fix it? We do not do conservation work at the Ewing.


Located on the first floor of the Art and Architecture Building, The University of Tennessee; approximately 3000 square feet of exhibition space with 300 running feet of wall surface (walls 11' high, ceiling 20' high); adjustable track lighting; security.

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