Every year, the artists in residence at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft stage an exhibition of their work. This year, they’ve invited other artists they admire to join the show.
Each of the five Craft Center artists have selected a piece by one of their fellows and a piece by another artist they admire for the show, which runs until May 3. The peer-reviewed show, Here & Elsewhere, allows them to show their work and get feedback from other artists.
The artists in residence program allows a young artist to continue to develop his or her skills and use the studios at the Craft Center for up to three years. They also assist students and faculty. Each of the studios has an artist: Bryce Brisco, ceramics; Kelsey Wiskirchen, fibers; Gabriel Greenlaw, glass; Andrew Meers, metals and Walter Biffle, wood.
The five have invited Ben Stout, ceramics, a Fountainhead fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University’s art program; Rena Wood, fibers, a resident artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Aya Oki, glass, a fellow at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Rochester, New York, and Benjamin Dory, metals, co-founder of Steam Exchange, a community art and educational program in Louisville, Kentucky.
The show, which is in the Craft Center's Gallery Two, includes pieces made using a variety of techniques and content as well as media and materials.
The Craft Center is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center, 1560 Craft Center Drive.
For more information, visit tntech.edu/craftcenter or call (931) 372-3051.
“Incense Burner” was made in 2014 by metals artist in residence Andrew Meers.