City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts Commission


KMA Collectors Circle

Schedule of Events 2017-2018


Private preview of the new KMA exhibition American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony led by KMA curator Stephen Wicks.


Kickoff Party at the home of CC members/collectors Teresa & Hunter Harrison.


Trip to New York City with a special emphasis on art experiences related to Beauford & Joseph Delaney.


Private preview of the new KMA exhibition Press Ahead: Contemporary Prints Gifted by Helen & Russell Novak led by KMA curator Stephen Wicks and Helen & Russell Novak.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018, 6-8PM

Visit to the North Knoxville studio of Knoxville artists Marcia Goldenstein & Tom Riesing.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018, 6-8PM

Private preview of the new KMA exhibition Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018, 6-8PM

2018 Purchase Reception.

You can become a KMA Collectors Circle member online by following this link.

Collectors Circle is a KMA membership group that provides opportunities for in-depth, close-up, and direct experiences with art through a unique “behind the scenes” approach and by becoming involved and invested in the museum’s collection.



What does Collectors Circle do?

Members explore the inner workings of the art world and learn directly from the actual works of art, the artists who create them, the art experts who interpret them, and the people who collect art. Collectors Circle visits important art destinations, private collections, and artists’ studios locally and nationally to gain a broad perspective on today’s art world. Trips are guided by our curators, who are well versed in their fields and care that you get the most out of your experiences. Past destinations include New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Boston, and, most recently, Charleston. Because the travel groups are small (25-30 people), members interact comfortably with others who share a passion for art and learning. Participating members frequently comment that Collectors Circle trips are among their most memorable art experiences.

How are CC members involved in the development of the KMA’s collection?

Most years, members review selected art works the museum has targeted as potential acquisitions, then vote on which work(s) to purchase for the KMA. Display labels for all acquired works thereafter bear the following note of recognition: “Purchased with funds from the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Collectors Circle.” In 2012, the group elected to use the bulk of its funds to help purchase a major work by Knoxville Impressionist Catherine Wiley.

Catherine Wiley (1879-1958) Untitled (Woman and Child in a Meadow), 1913, oil on canvas

Becoming a member of Collectors Circle allows you to sign up in July with the option of choosing the month you will pay your membership dues. You can also choose to pay in two installments. Confirming financial commitments at the beginning of the year enables us to make trip deposits and determine with sufficient lead time the funds available for museum art purchases.

What does it cost to join Collectors Circle and how will my dues be used?

A regular KMA membership at the Fellow ($250) level is required to be eligible to join. The additional fee for membership in the Collectors Circle is $700 per couple or $450 per individual (renewable each year in July). Ninety percent of the membership fee is deposited in a restricted art acquisitions fund. The remainder is used for Collectors Circle operation expenses.

Please contact Stephen Wicks at if you have any questions about Collectors Circle.

KMA Membership Information:

Contact Margo Clark for more information by phone at 865.525.6101 x223 or send an email to

The Guild

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art was created in 1996 with the purpose to encourage participation and support for KMA as a cultural center for our area. The name "The Guild" was taken to honor the former organization, The Dulin Gallery of Art Guild, which promoted art in the East Tennessee region.

More about the Guild

Recent Collectors Circle Purchases:

Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) Detail
Untitled, 1959
Watercolor and gouache on paper
30 x 20 inches approx
Knoxville Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the KMA’s Collectors Circle, 2014

Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) Detail
Untitled, circa 1945-50
Watercolor on paper
14 x 20 inches approx
Knoxville Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the KMA’s Collectors Circle, 2014

Devorah Sperber (American, born 1961)
After Mona Lisa 8, 2010
1482 spools of thread, stainless-steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic sphere, metal stand
68 x 47 inches
Knoxville Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by the KMA Collectors Circle, 2013

Eliot Porter (American, 1901- 1990)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1967
C-print mounted on aluminum, ed 2/6
Vintage dye transfer print
10 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4 inches
KMA Collectors Circle Purchase, 2012

Wade Guyton (American, born 1972)
Untitled (LAY BY THE PALETTE), 2005
Epson DURABrite Inkjet on book page
7.875 x 8.25 inches
KMA Collectors Circle Purchase, 2011

Gordon Cheung (British, born 1975)
Fallen, 2009
Stock listings, acrylic gel and spray on sail cloth
85 x 59 1⁄2 inches
KMA Collectors Circle Purchase, 2010

Ori Gersht (Israeli, born 1967)
Untitled #4, 2007
15 3⁄4 x 12 1⁄4 inches
KMA Collectors Circle Purchase, 2009