CALL FOR ART: Signs of Protest


POP UP ART SHOW: Signs of Protest

One of the side effects of marches and protests are the art that comes into sign making. Even those who do not consider themselves artists, create great pieces to raise their voice.
We want to show your sign that you carried with you whether it is from this past weekend or for another event. If you don’t have your sign anymore you can email a high res photo of you holding your sign. If you didn’t get a chance to make a sign but still want to, here is your chance.

You can drop off your sign at A1LabArts on
Thursday February 2 between 6-8pm.
(* if you want to keep your sign, please write your name on back and attach a note to say you are picking your sign back up)

We will cover the walls!


FRIDAY February 3 6-10pm and SATURDAY 4th from noon -2pm.

Any signs that want to be kept must be picked up Saturday 4th between 2- 3pm.

If emailing an image of you holding your sign it must be submitted by Monday, January 30th to : with subject line: POP UP SHOW image must be a minimum of 300dpi.
*for photo entries, you will be asked for a $5 donation via paypal once image is submitted to help cover printing costs. All photos will be printed large and in Black & White.

Additionally any questions can be sent to

no size restrictions

CALL FOR ART, Intersection Competition

Open to any & all artists near and far.

$20 for up to 3 entries
$15 for A1LabArts Members
Work must be 2D

Subject: INTERSECTION- cross sections of life- whether it be a physical one that caught your eye or a moment in time.


Notification of acceptance of work: JULY 27, 2016
Delivery of Art to 23 Emory Place, Knoxville TN 37917 by AUGUST 7

EXHIBITION will be AUGUST 20 for the Emory Place Block Party


With SUBJECT LINE: Art Competition/ (your last name)
Body of email:

  • A. Title of Work; dimensions w/frame; medium; Name
  • B. Title of Work; dimensions w/frame; medium; Name
  • C. Title of Work; dimensions w/frame; medium; Name

* please also note if your payment name (name on CC) will be different than yours so that we can coordinate with your entry & payment.

Attach jpeg files of your work. Title each of the files as:

  • Last name, first initial, A
  • Last name, first initial, B
  • Last name, first initial, C

Then follow this link to PayPal, Make payment in the donation amount of $20/$15 depending on membership-

Best in Show
And visitors award (public’s pick)

Call For Art, Signification Show

A1labarts is hosting an Open Call For Art exploring *unaccounted for interpretations* that lead to the creation of new worlds.

Attitudes and assumptions are built into human language and art. Theoretically, we should be able to predict human activities based on what people communicate. Instead people interpret meaning that signifies more than expected. They do this often and in unexpected ways! They are inspired by what they understand and see and they extend boundaries.

Artists interested in unaccounted creativity and in making work about previously invisible sites within a work, where there is a creation of new worlds and universes that extend further than ‘all there is’, are invited to submit artwork and a written description. Pieces can take a diversity of forms. Curation will be guided by the work’s relationship to the theme, the creativity and originality of the work, idea or approach and the merit of the maker. Interactivity in any form will be a plus but is not required.

In order to better understand your work as it relates to the theme of the show, please write a paragraph about what work your art is a derivative of, and how this derivation and world creation fit’s into the trajectory of your artistic practice.

Send your submission to: by July 25th, 2016


Abandoned ART Knoxville

Short Description:

If you have left a piece of ART to FIND or if you have FOUND a piece of ART you can check in here!

Long Description:

This page is to log an ongoing project in which people create a piece of art and leave it out in the world (our city), anywhere for someone to find and take. We hope that the person taking the piece will come to this page and mention where they found their art and maybe where they might take the art, give to a friend? hang in their house?

If you have created a piece and have left it you can also give clues or flat out say where it is for someone to find. The ultimate game of hide in seek with ART and our city of KNOXVILLE.

Artists’ sculpture donated to Pat Summitt Foundation

By Amy McRary of the Knoxville News Sentinel

Unlocked Memories,” a collaborated sculpture created by eight local artists, has a home at the Pat Summitt Foundation offices in downtown Knoxville.

The sculpture incorporates materials ranging from salvaged windows to rice paper to driftwood and metal as it focuses on Alzheimer’s disease.

The Pat Summitt Foundation is a part of the nonprofit East Tennessee Foundation. Summitt, the longtime former Lady Vols head basketball coach, announced in 2011 she has early onset dementia.

“Unlocked Memories” was made for an October 2015 exhibit at A1LabArts called “Chakra Windows.” Artists created works based on different chakras, or energy points, in the body.

The eight artists who made “Unlocked Memories” worked on illustrating the crown chakra at the crown of the head. As they began working on the project, participating artist Alan Finch suggested they focus on Alzheimer’s.
The finished sculpture resembles part tree, part window frame. Two central salvaged window frames were distressed and donated by artist Sher Hutchins. Each frame holds three small window panes.

Artist Neranza Noel Blount gathered art and words about memories from herself and five artists — Hutchins, Alan Finch, Darlene Finch, Ryan Blair and Shelley Mangold. Blount placed the material on rice paper soaked in encaustic, a medium that uses melted beeswax. The rice paper art was placed on the window frames and appears translucent when lit from behind, illustrating how fragile and fleeting memories can be.

Stephen R. Hicks added driftwood up and around the sculpture frame to illustrate neurons that travel through the brain. Mangold used alcohol inks to paint lines across the glass, window frame and driftwood. Blair built plywood cutouts painted violet and capped with yellow crowns.

Metalworker Preston Farabow formed the steel base that holds the sculpture. Darlene Finch, who does performance art under the name Anita, created an performance for the A1LabArts show in October.

When the show was finished, artists wanted to keep the work intact. Alan and Darlene Finch and Darlene Finch’s sister, Teresa Brady, purchased the sculpture to donate it to the Pat Summitt Foundation. All the artists donated their sales commission as well.

Matthew Blanshei from ArtKnoxville Reviewed Jessie Morris’s Show

Here’s the link: or you can read below:

Along with the advent of digital imaging programs, there has been a revival of the nineteenth-century photogravure print and photogram. Jessie Morris’s latest photographs follow this counter-trend by utilizing one of the earliest photographic processes, the cyanotype. Invented in 1842, it was widely employed in the 1880s by architects and engineers who used the “blue print” paper to make copies of their designs. As a form of art photography, however, it came under attack by luminaries like Peter Henry Emerson, who likened printing a landscape in cyanotype to an act of vandalism.

Because Emerson had assigned to photography a strictly documentary function, it was no wonder he was scandalized by the appearance of blue landscapes. But just as Picasso’s “Blue Period” hardly held up a mirror to external reality, Morris’s cyanotypes convey a sense of experimentation that allows her to delve into the realm of the unconscious.

Traces of unconscious thoughts and affects can be found in two prints that offer a variation on a theme, which registers far more than two different subjective “impressions” of a single object perceived at different times of the day. (The two photos are also devoid of the sort of irony that underlies Andy Warhol’s silk-screen copies of tabloid photographs.)

The man gazing out the window in the second print is captured in a studied pose that seems highly artificial when compared to the first print’s rendering of a recollection, the precarious nature of which is implied by the seemingly spontaneous emergence of white, brushstroke-like fissures,

The extent to which an absence can be more compelling than a presence also becomes apparent when the contrast between the visible and the invisible that is typically delineated by the frame of the photograph appears within a single image.

In this print, what seems to be breaking apart before our eyes is another memory, its reliability perhaps suddenly cast into doubt by a belated recognition that has unexpectedly come in with the breeze rustling the curtain beside a wall clock sinking into the shadows of time.

The way someone appears to us is shaped by the image we have cultivated of him or her; however, often our image and the actual person collide, an event suggested by the magnified, concentrated, and almost violent gestural abstractions that are on the verge of obliterating the “original” portrait in the following untitled print.

A Show Of Hands

March 2015

We teamed up with James & Adam to bring a fantastic collection of artists to Knoxville TN
It was hard work & good fun.
Below you can see some bits & pieces.

A Show Of Hands

KNOXZINE did a lovely interview about the exhibition.

You can see it:

Buy a Show Of Hands Exhibition Catalog

The amazing work in the exhibition:

Artwork, A Show Of Hands