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

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 PM: Gallery Representation
Join us as we welcome Marga Hayes McBride, who will host a discussion on gallery representation. She will highlight what to do, what NOT to do, and how to go about finding the right representation for one’s artwork. She will also leave time for a Q&A. 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.

Painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist Marga Hayes McBride has been “making things” ever since she can remember. She has worked in the artistic field all of her life, beginning as a layout artist on Music Row in Nashville to becoming Art Director for one of the largest hospitals in the U.S. at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. She made the switch to fine art in 1988, working as a gallery assistant, manager, and finally Gallery Director for art galleries in Tennessee. While working in galleries by day, McBride studied drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture at night at the University of Tennessee. Highlights of her career include exhibiting at the international Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Show (SOFA) on the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL; installing a four-piece permanent mixed media painting in the Convention Center for the City of Knoxville; and being featured on the national television show “Country Style” for the Home & Garden Network. She has been exhibited in galleries in Maine, Baltimore, California, Tennessee, Philadelphia (PA), Dallas & Austin (TX), Ann Arbor (MI), Madison (WI,) New Orleans (LA), Miami (FL), and Chicago (IL). Currently, McBride is producing figurative sculpture in clay, bronze, and aluminum, as well as continuing to paint and experiment with mixed media environments. She has become known for her enthusiastic teaching skills for the past six years in oil painting in Knoxville as well as her long-time association with Crystal Cruises where she teaches watercolor to students all over the world.

Oct 8 / Gallery Representation Workshop

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 PM: How to Mat and Frame Your Work
With Mike C. Berry. 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

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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