PechaKucha Knoxville celebrates their PKN Vol. 28 with a playful poster, putting them under the PKN Poster Spotlight for this week. The interaction between the blue and yellow gently draws the eye in, highlighting the bright minds and ideas that will be shared at their PKN. Graphic artist Tricia Bateman illustrates the many stories that will soon be told with their PechaKucha Poster, as all the graphics are encapsulated in speech and thought bubbles. This poster anticipates a fun and eventful night on August 16th for the PechaKucha Knoxville team. We can’t wait to see you all there!

To see some more fun posters, head over to the PechaKucha Night Tumblr page!

We are lucky that Rob Laliberte of WDWRK | small wares co. was willing to share his graphic talents to promote the 13th Pecha Kucha event in Knoxville. A word from the artist below.


The idea was to design something visually striking using the literal meaning of PechaKucha "chit chat". It is about placing you in the conversation of someone expressing to you "Let's talk!" and "Thankyou" Arigato.

The design aesthetic is a subtle nod to Japanese street art, neon lights, and Japanese cartoons. Depictions of characters that often have more meaning, then just a visual stylization. Through the meaning of colors, blue represents one-to-one communication, especially communication through the voice. It is speaking the truth through verbal self-expression - it is both the teacher and the public speaker.

- Rob



Daniel Jones is a talented designer employed at Sanders Pace Architecture and he just to happens to be a one of Knoxville's PKN event Organizers.   USGBC is partnering with PKN to offer new presenters and encourage a new crowd to attend the event.   This was kept in mind as an important piece of info for  the poster to communicate.   From the artisit - "The inspiration for this design was observing my son Jack and how freely and unbiased he observes and interacts with the world around him - and how watching a pechakucha presentation (at least a good one anyway) allows the viewer a moment be free to enjoy something completely new and unexpected." -Daniel Jones

Beth Meadows is a talented local artist who is well known for her creative abstractions of found objects, architectural spaces, and historic structures.  She volunteered her time to design the poster for Knoxville's 9th Pecha Kucha and for that we are grateful!   

She choose this painting for the poster for the architectural qualities and proportion of the space - perfect for the integration of PKN into Architecture Week!  The couple [and their cats] are taking time from thier busy schedules to sit quietly and listen.  Sometimes PKN can get a little rowdy but the reason we all attend is to listen to a passionate community member share thier craft with us.  It is an inspiring evening of reflection and gratitde.  

Beth Meadows graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BFA in Studio Art in 2007. She has lived and worked in Knoxville since then and currently manages The Salvage Room for the non-profit Knox Heritage, receiving and selling historic building materials. She is also the Director, as well as an artist, of 17th Street Studios, a work space for thirteen artists near downtown Knoxville.

To view more of her work visit her site



Artist Amos Oaks discusses his thoughts on the poster he cooked up for PKN Knoxville Vol. 7:

"...The snake handlers of our region have a deep passion that takes them beyond what some may see as normal.  Their devotion moves them to take a scripture literally, face death, and come out unscathed.  In my opinion this gives them vision to take on another day. That's what anyone's vision does.  It propels them to live another day - to grab death by the neck and hang on for dear life."

Check out the full explanation on PKN Knoxville's blog. Volume 7 will be held this coming Wednesday, April 24th at 6pm. 

To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.