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June 2 – August 5, 2023

First Friday Receptions will be from 5-9pm on the First Friday of each month. July’s First Friday will feature special performances by students from UT’s School of Music sponsored by Knoxville Opera

Curated by former Knoxvillian, Alex Gingrow, In    We Trust asks us to consider what we trust without mandate and why. What are those systems and values we believe in? What do we accept, and what do we let go of? For Gingrow, trust leads to community and empathy. With this path forward, she has curated an exhibition of works with “magic moments, when we are transported beyond ourselves and made to think about the creator, and why they made the very choices they made.” In      We Trust invites the viewer to “stumble into empathy – the building block of exchange and community.”

In    We Trust features work by Alex Gingrow, Kyung Jeon, Jim Lee, David X. Levine, Makeda Lewis, Steve Locke, Audrey Stone, and Trish Tillman.


The UT Downtown Gallery is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting professional work through funding and support from The University of Tennessee. We are located at 106 S. Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee next door to the Arts and Cultural Alliance in the Emporium Building.

As part of Knoxville’s First Friday events, the gallery is open from 5-9pm on the first Friday of every month.

All exhibitions and events at the UT Downtown Gallery are free and open to the public.