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Gallery 1010 is a contemporary art exhibition space located at 1150 McCalla Ave. in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. One of three University of Tennessee School of Art galleries, Gallery 1010 is the only fully student-run, non-profit, off-campus exhibition space in the state of Tennessee.  Exhibitions feature work from University of Tennessee students and alumni, as well as artists from other universities and community programs. The mission of Gallery 1010 is to provide space for the University of Tennessee community of artists to experiment and develop new ideas while gaining educational gallery experience in professional standards and practices.

Gallery 1010 provides an opportunity and location for artists to exhibit their work in a professional gallery off-campus; an exceptional opportunity not commonly available at other Universities. The gallery engages the university, the growing downtown Knoxville gallery district, and the community at large by consistently exhibiting innovative, contemporary art work.

The gallery maintains a full and intensive weekly program of well-presented, professional exhibitions. Artist Exhibits run for one week and are attended by over 5,000 visitors each semester. Every week the gallery hosts two different artist exhibitions, a One Day Pop-Up and an Artist Exhibition; totaling around 32 exhibits per semester. The gallery is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-4pm, with artist receptions every Friday from 6-9pm. Exhibiting artists have from Wednesday to Friday of the week to install their exhibit, then de-install or “strike” the show on Monday/Tuesday, leaving the gallery clean and ready for the next artist on Tuesday to install a Pop-Up exhibition for 24 hours, and the process starts again.


Katie Gentner is a third year graduate student, and director for Gallery 1010. Her work extends across a variety of art media, primarily installation, performance and video. Through performative re-enactments, interactive found object installations, and site-specific performances, Katie’s serious play allows viewers to come face to face with their own beliefs regarding gender and development and co-create new meanings. Directing Gallery 1010, the only fully student-run university gallery in the state, is a position Katie is honored to serve. She firmly believes and teaches her students that exhibiting your artwork is the most important step in the artmaking process. The decisions an exhibitor makes in how artwork exists in the world perhaps says just as much about the art as it says for itself. She is proud to see the variety of exhibitions that are held at Gallery 1010 and looks forward to more!

Ashlee Mays is a second-year graduate student in printmaking. When we look at the history of printmaking, we are looking at a history of technology. This history gives us a physical portrait of what ideas and images were important enough to mechanize. Through a study of printed history and studio practices, she is attempting to expose the seemingly invisible lines that connect our day to day experiences with a larger mechanism. As Associate Director of the gallery, she is not only proud to be apart of space because of the incredible artworks that flow through it, but is also thrilled to assist other artists in having an opportunity to exhibit. Just as electrical currents need a ground, artworks need an audience. It is her hope that Gallery 1010 can foster that relationship.

Briyana Rainer is currently a 5th year in the architecture program. Within her work both artistic and architectural, she always tries to blend different mediums and ways seeing the world by creating spaces that benefit everyone. With Gallery 1010, she has been afforded the opportunity to design signage that will allow the gallery more visibility and street presence within the community.  The work that Gallery 1010 does in promoting and showcasing young artists within our university is what makes her proud to be a part of the team.

Emily Anderson is a junior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville pursuing the Art Education program. Her art focuses on 2D forms such as painting, drawing, and photography. Specifically, she relates her work to society materialism and views on pop culture. As a Gallery 1010 assistant, she is mainly responsible for media design, but also spends time gallery sitting and developing promotional strategies. Her favorite part of working for Gallery 1010 is watching students take a leap of faith by creating and promoting their own exhibitions and pop-ups, which are often times the first independent show for the artists.

Dylan Mulkey is a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in linguistics. Outside of school, he is a poet and musician.  He looks forward to assisting local artist foster relationships with Gallery 1010, as well as providing the gallery with an outside perspective. He hopes to open opportunities for new talent, especially outside the field of visual arts. He appreciates the opportunity to observe artists bring their creative drive to fruition every week and enjoys being inspired to do the same.

Christina Ceniceros is majoring in Bachelors of Architecture. She hopes to get some second hand creativity and inspiration from the art that surrounds her. She thinks it would be amazing to get into this creative mindset for when when starting her projects for Architecture.  She is proud to be apart of 1010 because of the unity we have for our art, sculptural, painters, print makers, whatever they maybe. She is also proud to be part of a gallery that is always so supportive and excited of the student’s work.