Represents gallery’s first installation from outside the Knoxville area


KNOXVILLE, TN – This past January, the Knoxville Jewish Alliance (KJA) launched a campaign to update and improve its Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC) facility, the organization’s operational and programming hub. The anchor of the first phase of these updates was the Schwarzbart Gallery, a permanent tribute to the works of Judaic artisan Arnold’s Schwarzbart, who passed away in March 2015. It was designed to include space for rotating exhibits as well.


On Monday, August 29, the Schwarzbart Gallery will welcome its first featured artist exhibit from outside the Knoxville area. David Barnett is a painter, illustrator, designer and muralist currently living and working in the Catskills – but with some very relevant Knoxville ties. Barnett is the nephew of local woodworking designer Ernie Gross and his wife Pam. He grew up in Knoxville and spent Tuesday evenings studying with Arnold Schwarzbart.


“David’s exhibit as the Schwarzbart Gallery’s first featured artist from outside this community is equally exciting and poignant for us,” said Deborah Oleshansky, Executive Director of the KJA. She continued, “We’re honored to welcome his work, and hope that many people will come to the Gallery to see it in the coming months.”



An Artist Reception will be held on Monday, August 29:

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the AJCC Schwarzbart Gallery

6800 Deane Hill Drive – Knoxville, TN

This is a free event, open to the community and members of all faiths.



David Barnett’s work will be on display through September. Individuals or groups may request a guided tour by contacting the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.