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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!


Featured Presentation

Nichole McMinn shares her story, learning to face her fears and push herself in what she loves. A discussion of the struggles of the creative mind, the challenges faced as a young artist, and the realizations reached during this pursuit. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 29, 2014.


Design-Build Education: Creating a New Education Center for Beardsley Community Farm

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

Presented with Bud Archer and Bailey Green. 

Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design will present on the benefits of design-build education as illustrated by an innovative new building being created for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville—a non-profit urban demonstration farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture. Design-build education through architectural design courses at UT enabled making a building that reinforces Beardsley’s mission. The new structure will operate as a teaching tool helping farm staff and volunteers more effectively engage the public about the benefits of local sustainable farming. It also creates significant public spaces for the benefit of the community at large.


River City

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

With the goal of generating ideas to enhance the connection between downtown Knoxville and the north waterfront, Matthew Jordan's project imagines the possibility of inserting infrastructure to create new recreational and cultural opportunities.


Simulating HIV prevention

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

HIV and AIDS remain a significant health issue.  There are many methods that we use in public health to understand and intervene in the HIV epidemic, but it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of one strategy over another.  To tackle this issue, Ginger McKay has incorporated simulation modeling as part of her dissertation work.  Her hope with this work is to suggest better ways to structure the public health system so that the services provided for HIV prevention are more strategic, effective and efficient.


Primary Beauty

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

This is the journey that led Jeremy Wann  to open Geo Hair Lab in Knoxville, TN and why he's taking on the challenge of ensuring the outlook encompasses sustainability and an anti-vain approach to positive self-esteem. 


The Seventh Art

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

In 1911, Italian critic Ricciotto Canudo described cinema as “the seventh art,” announcing its place among the more established and reputable traditions of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, and dance. A century later we’re all awash in moving images, but cinema has remained relatively marginalized in the art world. It’s a commercial form described in commercial terms. This presentation is about my and Paul Harrill’s effort to establish a venue for sharing interesting contemporary cinema here in Knoxville, but more generally — more idealistically — it’s about changing our conversation about movies.


Fluting, Anyone? Smoky Mountain Flute Circle

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

The Native American Flute is a fascinating instrument that creates exquisite music. It is used and has been used by Native American people in different ways, such as in their prayers, festivities, weaved with their beautiful stories, or for boys to woo girls.

The Knoxville/Townsend area is very lucky to be home of the Smoky Mountains Flute Circle. The SMFC has hosted two back to back National level events, the 2013 and 2014 Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation annual gatherings. It all started with Knoxville Area Cherokee Flute Player Randy McGinnis who founded the SMFC. 


Emory Place Block Party

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

As an architect I'm a proponent for saving historic buildings and I constantly see potential in unique and underutilized spaces. There are areas of town which may have both but sometimes need that "something more." After living near Emory Place for 3 years I decided the "something more" it needed was a stronger connection and community and more activity in general. This isn't an issue that is solved by renovations alone. This is where a group of like-minded people came together to make that "something more" a reality. This is how the Emory Place Block Party came to be. 


Tennessee Underground

@ VOL 15 ON MAY 07, 2015

People from diverse backgrounds are drawn to the adventure sport of caving for a myriad of reasons. They come to Tennessee from all over the world to cave in this very special region where some of the longest caves, deepest pits, largest chambers, most fantastic formations, and widest variety of cavelife in the world are found. This is an introduction to caving and the mysterious, awe-inspiring, underground Tennessee landscape that few have seen!



How To Make Printmaking Accessible To All

"Our goal is to teach people how to run the presses and then allow you guys to come in here and use them for your own purposes."In How To Make Printmaking Accessible To All from Knoxville, Vol. 14Bryan Baker shares his collaborative printmaking project and garage-turned-studio-workspace-gallery-space, Striped Light. Team headquarters for a trio of creative minds, they will be publishing, collaborating, and exploring tangents of their own volition as works are developed for the Striped Light catalog and portfolio, at the same time opening their printshop to the public for learning workshops. The team of experienced printers will also be available for hire, offering limited-edition custom letterpress design and printing for events, business ephemera, and artistic ventures.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Dianna Osickey

    Dianna graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture. She is a licensed architect with a specialty in lighting design. Her desire to combine the design process with a high level of craftsmanship have merged to create Fourth Year Studio - a custom design and letterpress company in Knoxville, TN. You can find her combing through antique stores for wooden type or inking up the press in her spare time.

  • Lorie Matthews

    A lover of all things creative, especially her designer husband, Lorie is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Conflict Management. She enjoys finding creative ways to bring people together to create collaborative outcomes. Lorie is happy to be part of the team that connects creatives in Knoxville through PechaKucha Night!

  • Ashley Pace

    Ashley is a Registered Architect in the State of Tennessee. She currently works at Sanders Pace Architecture as an architect and in business development. Ashley received her Master of Industrial Design graduate degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee where she was valedictorian of her School of Architecture class. With degrees in both architecture and industrial design, Ashley's work covers a broad range of design including furniture, product, interiors, and architecture. Ashley teaches at The University of Tennessee as an Adjunct Studio Professor. She spends most of her free-time wrangling her three beautiful and crazy kids.

  • Katie Schulz

    New on the scene in Knoxville, Katie recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts, a B.F.A. in Interior Design, and a minor in Design for Sustainability. As a self-proclaimed adventurist and design enthusiast, she finds her passion in creating memorable experiences within interior space. When not in her creative cubicle, you can find her exploring new neighborhoods, pretending she is Julia Child in the kitchen, or supporting local coffee houses while catching up on pinterest, pop culture references, and design trends.

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