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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 School of Art and the College of Architecture and Design. Our mission is 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. The Ewing Gallery has developed and maintained a permanent collection for the purpose of scholarly research and the enrichment of the University and regional communities. Additionally, we sponsor events that augment the curricula and expand students’ awareness of art and architecture via artists’ workshops, student critiques, public lectures and films.


Sam Yates

Director, Curator
Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture
UT Downtown Gallery
Office Phone: 865-974-3199

Sarah McFalls

Collections Manager
Phone: 865-974-3200

Eric Cagley

Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator
Phone: 865-974-3200


Exhibition Policy

Our 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  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.



Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture
College of Arts & Sciences

1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2410
Phone: 865-974-3200 Email:

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