This month we’re excited to be featuring the work of Knoxville’s
Robert Felker was born in Knoxville, TN several years before the World’s Fair of 1982. He spent his youth in Nashville and earned a full-tuition scholarship to the prestigious School of Visual Arts in NYC. At SVA, Robert studied painting and illustration under such greats as Marshall Arisman, James McMullen and William Low and began earning illustration commissions from high-profile clients before he graduated — including a commission from SVA to do 18 illustrations for their Continuing Education catalogue. He was also awarded a solo show in one of SVA’s Galleries.
After a successful run in the freelance illustration business, working for clients like Alfred A. Knopf, Lenscrafters, The United Way, and Turkey Hill Dairy, Robert changed lanes to pursue a graphic design career — a path which led him to help craft award-winning websites for CNN, HGTV and Food Network. But all the while he continued to paint, exhibit and take on private commissions.
Felker’s journeyman career has brought him full-circle, both geographically and artistically. A Knoxville resident since 2009 and now in pursuit of an independent gig in fine art, he was recently awarded a 5000 square foot mural commission by The City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee, a collaboration with Poet Laureate, R.B. Morris and The Arts And Culture Alliance, to be completed in the Spring of 2019. In April of this year, he exhibited at The Knoxville Museum of Art in a group show entitled, “Artists on Location: A Plein Air Event.” In addition, Robert has visual art and design collaborations with GO! Contemporary Dance Works and The First Tee of Greater Knoxville to his credit.
His studio is in Rocky Hill where he lives with his wife, Grace; two kids, Olivia and Eli; and their three backyard chickens.
If you’re a local artist who’s interested in displaying your art in the gallery, please reach out to Courtney, firstname.lastname@example.org, to inquire about exhibiting your work.