As part of continuing efforts to serve its membership, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present professional development seminars for artists!

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 PM: How to Mat and Frame Your Work
Join us as we welcome Mike C. Berry, who will lead a demonstration and discussion on how to properly prepare works of art for a professional presentation. Matting, mounting, preservation, and the selection of frames and types of glazing will be discussed. Materials and tools for the DIY framer will be discussed as well as practical tips for purchasing the components for the ready-made mat & frame projects. The presentation is free for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance and $5 for non-members. Please register in advance via PayPal below, by phone at 865-523-7543, or by e-mail.

Nov 12 / Matting/framing workshop

Mike C. Berry, originally from the Midwest, now calls Knoxville home after 15 years. In 1997 he earned his Master of Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA. Currently his work consists of colorful and vibrant cityscapes and landscapes, often bending and twisting the perspective in his compositions. Mike is known for his creative interpretations of Knoxville scenes, most notable is his “Spring in the City” painting that was the Dogwood Print in 2007. Mike continues to create work for private commissions and is represented by The District Gallery in Bearden and The River Gallery in Chattanooga, TN. Mike also manages the UT Downtown Gallery, where he prepares works for display and designs the layouts for monthly exhibition. He is an active member of the Art & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. He gives numerous lectures and workshops throughout the year. His work is on display at his studio located in the Emporium Center at 100 South Gay Street, Suite 111, Knoxville, Tennessee open to the public every First Friday from 5-9pm. For more information, visit

February 6, 2015, Time TBA: Panel Session with Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Join us to hear some of their success stories! Details TBA.

February 18, 2015, 12:00 PM: How to Price Your Work
With R.L. Gibson. Details TBA.

March 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM: Photographing Your Work
With Lisa Gifford Mueller. Details TBA.


Parking is plentiful! Visit to better understand where and how to park downtown. There is back-in angled metered parking on the Gay Street bridge between Depot Street and Jackson Avenue ($0.25 = 100 minutes). Parking is also available in the 180-space Jackson Avenue Parking Lot (caddy corner from the Emporium) for $0.50 an hour (max daily rate of $4) via coins, bills, and credit cards.

Previous sessions

October 8, 2014: Gallery Representation | Marga Hayes McBride

August 20, 2014: All About Etsy for Artists | Jane Costello

July 16, 2014: Facebook for Artists and Creatives | Lisa Gifford Mueller

June 11, 2014: Funding your Art: Finding Cash | R. L. Gibson

May 27, 2014: Working with Non-Artists Panel Discussion
| Veronica Cordell, Beth Hamil, Angela Hill, and Nikki Vinsant

May 2, 2014: Juror Talk/Discussion with Joe Longobardi, juror for Knoxville Photo 2014

April 22, 2014: Techniques for Submitting to Juried Shows | Denise Stewart-Sanabria

March 19, 2014: Social Media Marketing for Artists and Creatives
| Lisa Gifford Mueller

February 21, 2014: Panel Discussion with Knox County Art Teachers |
Heather Casteel, Stan Hillard, Allison Pickett, Jessica Stewart, and Carol Vinson

December 18, 2013: Panel Discussion on Artist Collectives and Co-ops | Sherry Disney, Barron Hall, William Isom, Beth Meadows, and Jessie Van der Laan

April 17, 2013: Techniques for Submitting to Juried Shows | Denise Stewart-Sanabria

March 20, 2013: How to get a Show | R. L. Gibson

January 24, 2013: Gallery Trends | Lain York

July 19, 2012: Intellectual Property for the Visual Artist | Peter L. Brewer

May 16, 2012: Pricing Your Art | Marga McBride, George Rothery, Jered Sprecher, and Bart Watkins


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