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La Rochelle, painted in 1914 by Georges Charpentier
La Rochelle, painted in 1914 by Georges Charpentier

The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum explores a significant grouping of nineteenth to twentieth century American and European art that forms the backbone of the museum’s Western art collections. The exhibit will run through August 24.

Like many university museums, the McClung has been gifted with a wide variety of art since it opened its doors fifty years ago. From Matisse to East Tennessee artists, and from nineteenth-century society portraits to twentieth-century abstract art, these approximately fifty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper reflect collectors’ tastes and how history has shaped culture and art over time.

Several exhibit-related programs are planned. Free family programming includes Family Fun Days on June 21 and August 2, and Stroller Tours for parents, caregivers, and young children on July 21 and August 11.

A free lunchtime art short film series called “Talking Pictures” will run on June 19, July 17, and August 21. Free Sunday tours of the exhibit will be given on June 29 and July 20.

An exhibit-related lecture, “Grand Ambitions: Branson, Krutch, and Early 20th-Century Knoxville Painters,” will be presented by Stephen Wicks, curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, at 6:00 p.m. on June 26 in the McClung Museum auditorium.

More details are available on the McClung Museum event calendar.

The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum is curated by Catherine Shteynberg, McClung’s curator and head of web and media, and presented by Bennett Galleries,  the Elaine Altman Evans Museum Fund, and WUOT. Additional support is provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Arts and Heritage Fund.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends.

Additional parking information is available online.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,

Christina Selk (865-974-2143,