Next Event

18 AUG


Doors at 6:30

Presentations at 7:20

Poster Designer: Richard Foster


It’s All a Blank Canvas

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

"How do I keep the creative fires burning as a grown-ass man, with taxes due and a bum knee."

In "It’s All a Blank Canvas" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18Chris McAdoo shares his creative journey to today, both personally and professionally…and what keeps the creative fires burning as age, responsibilities, and (at least to an extent) maturity, sneak up on a "grown-ass man." 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, June 6th 2016. 


Knoxville’s 225 Years: What Difference Have We Made?

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Knoxville's beloved historian Jack Neely covers 225 years of Knoxville history to explore what created the city and what it means for the future of this Scruffy City.


Authenticity, The Italian Artisan, and Wood

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Wood speaks for itself. The tree grows for years, learning about the Earth, becoming its own, developing character. Never perfect, but a unique form a life that always seems to mesmerize. Kellen Catani and his company Purebred Wood and Craft Co. cherishes this imperfection. When it is time for the tree to move on, they repurpose its life into functional and beautiful objects, fully embracing the culture of the Italian artisan as they labor. Purebred exposes the persona that resides in the tree and therefrom create their own expression of authenticity, always exemplifying a deep respect for this material that no man can truly comprehend.


The Moon is my Scholar Rock

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

"I was really interested in the challenge of replicating these textures, patterns, and forms of meteorites."

For Matthew Cummings, artwork has always been personal journey for escape and meditation in both the making process and viewing.  "The Moon is my Scholar Rock" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18 is a look at the work from his last solo exhibition, 'The Moon is my Gongshi'.  This group of work examined the moon as an object of meditation, the tradition of Chinese Scholar Rocks or Gongshi, and the inspiring career of his grandfather-in-law, Charles Bradshaw, who ran the computations department for NASA during the development of Rocket Technology. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. 


A Sherpa for Your Birth

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

In this presentation, Barbara Steppe explores the world's oldest profession! Not that one...the other oldest profession - helping women to birth their babies. And that is a doula: a woman who provides emotional and physical support to a mother in her childbearing year. FreeSpirit Birth is the name of her doula practice and her intention is to awaken her community - one with a less than desirable set of birth statistics - to a very simple, tried & true way to improve birth outcomes and emotional satisfaction.


On A Corner Of Gay Street

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Is the Bijou Theatre really haunted as a 2004 Knoxville News-Sentinel article alleges?  What is the forgotten tragedy of the 4th Floor? Is it really Knox Heritage's fault and why does it still matter? What egregious omission has the Bijou Theatre Foundation perpetuated and how can they rectify it?

These questions and more may be answered when award winning Lamar House-Bijou Theatre historian Dean Novelli condenses 200 years of history into a 400 second presentation in the unique Pecha-Kucha 20 x 20 format.


Perseverance Through Failure

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Learnings as a child and working on a multitude of failed projects, Jody Collins explores what keeps him going on a current project that’s been riddled with issues since the beginning and still incomplete. 


Modified Saints

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

In 'Modified Saints', Julie Jack attempts to visually express goodness in people in likely and unlikely places and to satirize expected goodness where it is lacking.  By placing everyday subjects in a religious context, Julie creates modified saints that are symbolized in various formats which are then literally embedded into a clear plastic resin, ideally revealing an image that simultaneously cheapens an icon and elevates a less likely figural representation.  The transparency inadvertently exposes “good” or “evil” while acting as a unifier of the disparate pieces.  



QED Comedy Laboratory

"We do this by putting on an unique show every week. Each week is an different experiment with a different structure, different form, different set of rules."
In QED Comedy Laboratory from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol.17Matt Chadourne introduces an interesting comedy club. QED Comedy Laboratory is his experimental comedy show in Knoxville, TN, created in 2014, featuring a different theme every week, combining stand-up, improv, sketch, music, etc. 

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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.

  • Matthew Jordan

    Matt is an architect who received his B.Arch in 2005. When not virtually modeling buildings, manipulating pixels, and altering vectors, Matt enjoys meticulously organizing his son's LEGO collection.

  • Carolyn Boetger

    I'm a stay at home mom who has found her passion in the research of nutrition/whole foods/herbs/oils and autoimmune diseases. On the side I am interested in the arts, travel, being outdoors, and music. I am currently trying to teach myself how to play the violin...very slowly.