About the Area
The University of Tennessee is a 550-acre campus in the heart of Knoxville.
Knoxville is the oldest and third-largest city in the state of Tennessee (only Memphis and Nashville are larger). It typically ranks high in quality-of-life surveys, and in 2006, was ranked a "Top Five Metro" by Forbes magazine. The cost of living in Knoxville is 12.5% below the national average.
Situated along the Tennessee River, Knoxville is within a day's drive of many major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta and Chicago. The Cumberland mountain range is to our west; the Appalachians and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are to our east.
The city of Knoxville boasts a rich cultural life, reflected in its many festivals throughout the year. A popular celebration is the 17-day Dogwood Arts Festival in April, which features art shows, crafts fairs, food and live music. Also in April is the Rossini Festival, which celebrates opera and Italian culture. June’s Kuumba (meaning creativity in Swahili) Festival commemorates the region’s African American heritage and showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, games, music, storytelling, theater, and food.
Knoxville also is host to several musical celebrations, including Autumn on the Square and Sundown in the City, which showcase national and local artists in outdoor concert series at historic Market Square.
As a home to the arts, Knoxville has something for everyone. From museums, galleries and theatres to ballets, the opera and symphonies, there is plenty to choose from. One of Knoxville's favorites is Shakespeare on the Square, which features productions reminiscent of those performed in the open air at Globe Theatre.
Every Labor Day, Knoxville hosts Boomsday, the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the United States, to the banks of the Tennessee River between the University of Tennessee football stadium and downtown. An area favorite, this annual celebration draws a crowd of 350,000 to Knoxville.
For more information on Knoxville and other area attractions and celebrations, visit http://www.utk.edu/knoxville/.
College of Architecture and Design
Art + Architecture Building
1715 Volunteer Boulevard,
Knoxville, TN 37996