UPCOMING EXHIBITS

February 1, 2018 - April 28, 2018

Quilts: A Patchwork of American History

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“I think through these quilts, you can really trace the history of the country.” - Janine Janniere, Independent Curator and member of CIETA. 

“Quilts are the U.S. artform. If you told me what the U.S. should send in an international competition, it should be quilts.” - Carlos Tortolero, Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art

“I often use the quilt as a metaphor. Our experience as Americans is like a patchwork quilt.” - William R. Ferris, Professor of History UNC-Chapel Hill

The common perception of quilts as something that keeps grandma busy is outdated. If these are your thoughts, then it's time to rethink quilts. For centuries, people - primarily women - have created quilts. They have used quilts as a means of expression. They have used quilts to relay messages, even sharing their political opinions. Women were discouraged from speaking about or even writing about their opinions. Quilting gives us a unique perspective into women's minds in the past, into their commentaries of the world around them. 

Quilting is an art form that is not recognized often enough. From beautiful mosaics of color to fabric sewn together to create the illusion of a watercolor, quilting is so far beyond common perception. Prior to and following our quilt show, we will have a lobby exhibit tracing the history of quilting and informing viewers in all things Quilting 101 - the tools for quilting and the controversies surrounding quilting today. 

 Exhibit proudly sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation

Exhibit proudly sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation

 

March 8, 2018 - March 29, 2018

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Stitches in Time Quilt Show

It's time, once again, for our annual quilt show! We had over 75 entries this year and we look forward to putting them up on display to show everyone the amazing work of our local quilt artists! 

Dates

Any Questions? Contact: Lindsay Shirkey, Curator of Collections, lshirkey@museumcenter.org, 423-339-5745

 Exhibit proudly sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation

Exhibit proudly sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation

 

April 19, 2018 - July 17, 2018

Debutantes of the Decades

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Debutante Balls, while extant in many different regions prior to 1950 has slowly become extinct in nearly all of America except the South. The South has created a unique tradition around Debutantes and Cotillions (the Debutante balls). Each year, young women are presented in a formal event as a sort of 'coming out into society.' At least, this was the traditional way of seeing things. Perspectives have changed over the years, as have many different aspects of the Debutante culture. Our very own Cleveland-Athens Cotillion, having recently celebrated their 55th Holly Ball, will be exhibiting how their traditions have changed over the years through beautiful gowns, jewelry, and various other items unique to Debutantes. Debutante-related programming will also occur over the course of the exhibit, including ballroom dance lessons. 

Exhibit proudly sponsored by the Cleveland-Athens Cotillion

 

May 3, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Aqui Estamos: Latino Heritage in the Ocoee Region

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Latinos make up a vital part of our local communities. In the months leading up to Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Museum Center at 5ive Points will be celebrating their contributions to our community. Each of our lobby cases will highlight a unique facet of the Latino community from their history to business to their arts.

 

July 26, 2018 - September 24, 2018

Lee University Centennial

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An exhibit celebrating 100 years of Lee University. This exhibit will trace its history from Centenary College to Bob Jones College to Lee College to Lee University. 

 

September 27, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Alan Shuptrine Art Exhibition

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It is not everyday we get to be host to an art exhibition. But it will be every Tuesday-Saturday beginning September 27th! This massive exhibition will take over both our lobby and our rotating exhibit area. During our exhibit we will be celebrating art and the Appalachians that inspired it. 

When I am quietly creating in my studio, I often hear my dad’s words of wisdom: “You must see and create beyond the surface level—art should evoke emotion.” I find that painting is a spiritual experience. It takes a tremendous amount of courage for an artist to create what is deep within the heart and soul, and to be vulnerable. I find myself thanking God for my blessings and pulling encouragement from Him to press onward, and upwards.
— Alan Shuptrine