Chris McAdoo


“My most recent series focuses on memory (or the lack thereof) and the significance that we attach to objects and places, particularly when we take them out of their original context. My work is an extension of my own experiences growing up in the south and a comment on my connections that give me a visceral reaction to the past rather than simple nostalgia. While the paintings speak to me in a very particular way, I would much rather suggest a narrative to the viewer than to lay it all on the table.”


Chris McAdoo’s is a painter, printmaker, and designer living in East Tennessee. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, private collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for nearly twenty years. 

When he’s not in the studio, Chris serves as Creative Director for advertising agency Designsensory. 

Chris also works with every year with Community School of the Arts “Side by Side” exhibition and sits on the board of non-profit radio station WDVX.


Relevant Representation and Professional Affiliations

2016 – Present, Rala, Knoxville, TN
2013 – Present, Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
2008 – Present, Soho Myriad Gallery and Art Consultants, Atlanta, GA & Los Angeles, CA
2008 – Present, Arden Art, Piedmont, OK
2012 – 2013, Laws Interiors, Knoxville, TN
2012 – Present, Community School of the Arts, Knoxville, TN
2012 – Present, Board Member & Vice President, WDVX, Knoxville, TN
2012 – Present, Member, Tennesseans for the Arts
2003 – 2010, Member, Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN
2008 – 2010, Member, Chattanooga Association for the Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN
2003 – 2009, Adjunct Instructor, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN
2006 – Present, Advisor for Letterpress/ Printmaking Design Studio, University of Tennessee


May 2000, B.F.A., with an emphasis in painting, Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee

Exhibitions and Awards

March 2016     Bennett Galleries exhibition with Andrew Saftel
March – April 2013, Solo Exhibition, Phoenix Building, Knoxville, TN
April 2013     Dogwood Arts Festival Regional Arts Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
June 2012      Random Acts of Flowers Annual Auction and live art event, Knoxville, TN
Sept. 2011      Knoxville, TN, Museum of Art, Artscapes Annual Exhibition
Sept. 2010      Knoxville, TN, Museum of Art, Artscapes Annual Exhibition
Sept. 2009      Knoxville, TN, Museum of Art, Artscapes Annual Exhibition
Nov. 2008      Solo Exhibition, Club LeConte, Knoxville, TN
Oct. 2008       Solo Exhibiiton, Three Flights Up Gallery, Knoxville, TN
Sept. 2008      Knoxville, TN, Symphony in the Park Annual Auction
Sept. 2008      Knoxville, TN, Museum of Art, Artscapes Annual Exhibition
Sept. 2008      Maryville, TN, Pistol Creek Gallery, “A Friend for Life” Humane Society Benefit
June 2008      Hope Center Annual Auction, Knoxville, TN
April 2008      Rome, GA, Rome Art Coterie Annual Exhibition
April 2008      Knoxville, TN, Dogwood Arts Festival Annual Art Show (three pieces accepted)
Feb.2008      Informal Exhibition and Art Workshop, Reinhardt College, Reinhardt, GA
Dec. 2007      Knoxville, TN, Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition, Award Winner
Sept. – Oct. 2007      Knoxville, TN, Museum of Art, Artscapes Annual Auction and Show
Sept. 2007      Tennessee Arts Commission Artist of the week for the third week of September
August 2007      Solo Exhibition, Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance Emporium Center for the Arts,
June 2007      Hope Center Annual Auction, Knoxville, TN
2007-Present      Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Restaurants, represented by Arden Art, Inc., Piedmont, OK
November 2006      Solo Exhibition, Omega Gallery, Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, TN
April 2006      Solo Exhibition, Bowie Arts Center, Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina
February 2005      Knoxville Tennessee Advertising Federation Gold Award
November 2004      Group Exhibit, “Breaking the Mold”, Endicott College, Beverly, Mass.
October 2004      Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance Inaugural Exhibition
October 2004      Rose Arts Center, Morristown, Tennessee, Fall Exhibition
April 2003      Solo Exhibition, The Tomato Head, Knoxville, Tennessee
February 2003      Knoxville Tennessee Advertising Federation Gold Award
January 2003       Print Magazine Award of Design Excellence
January 2003       Featured Exhibition, Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee
November 2002      16th Annual Douglasville, Georgia, Cultural Arts Council Exhibition
October 2002      Carson Newman College Alumni Exhibition, Jefferson City, Tennessee
January 2002      Print Magazine Award of Design Excellence
1996 – 2000      Various college sponsored art exhibitions
June 1999       1st Annual First Tennessee Bank Art Show, Johnson City, Tennessee


1 Comment

  1. Rise and Grind with Chris MacAdoo |
    April 25, 2017

    […] After completing a fine arts degree with a minor in political science, Chris began Revolution Letterpress, which allowed him to gain valuable experience but left a lot to be desired financially. He worked as a painter and a printmaker and was successful. Chris’s art was even featured internationally in the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain.  Check out more details on his bio here. […]