Downtown Kingsport Association


 The Kingsport Art Guild

1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport TN 37660

(423) 246-1227


The Kingsport Art Guild’s MISSION is to create opportunities for its members and the greater Kingsport community to experience and showcase the visual arts through instructional lectures, special events and exhibitions.

Our VISION is to be a driving force for visual arts excellence in the greater Kingsport area.



Kingsport Ballet

201 Cherokee Street Kingsport, TN 37660  •  423.378.3967

If you have any questions or would like more information about Kingsport Ballet feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you!





Mary B. Martin B.A. 1962, Chemistry Portrait courtesy David Clapp












Mary B. Martin B.A. 1962, Chemistry
Portrait courtesy David Clapp

Click here to view the February 6, 2009 press release announcing the School of the Arts.

Mary B. Martin was a lifelong resident of Johnson City. She was born in the Boone’s Creek community and graduated from Boone’s Creek High School. She began a forty-four year career at Tennessee Eastman Company as a laboratory technician and later obtained a BS degree in chemistry from East Tennessee State University, studying nights and weekends while working full time at Eastman. After her graduation, she worked as a research chemist, doing exploratory work in new polymer systems. She was awarded two US patents.

Other than science, her interests included interior decorating, sewing, and investing. She also enjoyed attending performing arts events. Mary had a long-term membership in the First Christian Church, the Monday Club, and the American Chemical Society.

Mary was married to James C. Martin, the benefactor of the School of the Arts, for forty-two years. Their daughter, Sonia King, and son-in-law, James M. King, reside in Johnson City. Mary passed away on April 10, 2008.

Mary was described as a pleasant extrovert, and her charm and charisma are remembered in the community. She had a positive, can-do approach to life. Mary was smart and aggressive and had a belief system spiced with certain axioms and witticisms. She was a beautiful lady inside and out and was characterized as one in a million.