Jan 7 to Feb 18, 2013 - Objects of Mourning by Renee Zettle-Sterling - Gallery One
Through this body of work and research, Renee Zettle-Sterling seeks to understand how everyday objects assist us in transitioning through the difficult process of grief/mourning. She is interested in how mourning and commemoration is containedwithin objects and our constructed systems. During the process of mourning, objects can link us to loved ones that have passed or moments in life that are fleeting. This has inspired a strong interest in objects and motifs, which are sadly, no longer used or valued as they once were. These once beautifully decorative and valued objects carry with them the potential to become a source of meaning beyond their physical properties and an outlet for displacement, emptiness, loss as well as sentimentality.
Object of Mourning: Senses #1
Jan 18 to Mar 8, 2013 - Reflections by Matthew Patterson- Gallery Two
Matthew Patterson focuses on cocepts of identity, memory and time. Patterson addresses various methodologies, materials and perspectives surrounding these concepts while exploring a body of work. Glass is an important material in much of his work; he is intrigued by it versatility as a sculptural medium, the inner space it offers and the way it transmits light. Encouraging the audience to recognize beauty in the mundane is a reoccuring theme in his work.
Jan 28 to Mar 8, 2013 - Placing Importance by Becky McDonah- North Windows Gallery
Becky McDonah's fascination with the historic reliquar form for its purpose and ability to elaborately protect and display venerated objects for public exhibition and procession ties into issues she is exploring about the importance of position, presentation and acess (or limited access) to what is contained. McDonah's intention is to intiate contemplation that perhaps leads to elevation or endearment of the ordinary. The container can draw attention to, place importance upon, and affect the perception of the simplest of objects. Striving to heighten awareness of habitual performances, products and surroundings, she uses elaborate ornamentation and fine craf to glorify symbolic contents. This consideration of the supposedly little things can open one's mind to the larger picture of cultural practices and ideals on a global, national, regional or personal level.
Cootie Wall Mount
Feb 28 to Apr 11, 2013 - Two in the Hand by Yoko Sekino-Bove - Gallery One
It has been seventeen years since Yoko Sekino-Bove moved to the United States. As Sekino-Bove grows older, she finds herself worrying less about the trivial things in life; translating once culture to another and connecting them with her limited vocabulary became a hobby of her's. In this series, she applies this approach to ceramics. She considers this body of work her quiet resistance against the currect political situation during this time of isolation and confrontation. By using small conversation instead of abstract fear and anger, she is able to present show us through her work that we are more similar than different. Sekino-Bove's fake Chinese teapots are made with two distinct sides; one with either a Chinese or Japanese proverb, and the English equivalent on the other. By presenting these proverbs in two different languages, she attempts to bridge this cultural gap by recognizing that different cultures and languages share many profound ideas.
Mar 18 - Apr 29, 2013 - Annual Artist in Residence Exhibition by the Craft Center Artist in Residence - Gallery Two
The six current residents of the Appalachian Center for Craft exhibit powerful, functional and conceptual contemporary fine craft in various media. Bryce Brisco (ceramics), Chad Cully (glass), Ellie Richards (wood), Amanda Ross (fibers), Linda Tien (exhibitions) and Jason THE York (metals) will showcase their latest work in the Craft Center's Gallery Two. The variety of techniques, materials and content pushes the edge of these artists' craft media.
Course by Amanda Ross
May 9 -June 20, 2013 - Fabrication by James Thurman & Deanna Ooley - Gallery Two
"Fabrications" is a two part exhibition comprised of two-museum style installations with complimentary fictive themes. The first installation is an updated version of Ancient Art-i-facts of the Early 21st Century by James Thurman. The second installation, The Penumbra Holding Group Collection, is by Deanna Ooley.
Both the Ancient Art-i-facts of the Early 21st Century and The Pnumbra Holding Group Collection use the museum-display format and an institutional voice of authority to critique our cultre on issues of commerce, economy and the presentation of material culture. The installtion format of this two-person exhibition, combines with the quality and density of the objects and supporting materials, provides the audience with a rich and engaging experience that provokes further questioning and investigation.
Bear Brooch by Deanna Ooley
May 17 - Aug 2, 2013 - Workshop Faculty Exhibition - Gallery One
An exhibition featuring an extensive variety of works by visiting summer faculty will be on display in the Craft Center's Gallery One. Artists from across the US are is represented by a wide range of functional and conceptual fine craft in clay, glass, fibers, wood and mixed media. The intensive summer workshop program accommodates all skill levels from beginning to advanced. Room and board is available to workshop participants. For more information about the workshop program, call the Craft Center at 615-597-6801, or visit www.tntech.edu/craftcenter.
Lidded Jar by Bryce Brisco
May 28 - Jul 16, 2013 - Postage Stamp Collages: Explorations in Color & Design by Michael Norton - North Windows Gallery
Michael Norton's collages focus on color and design. These collages that Norton constructs begin with a design, some geometric - some not, but each design is fully conceived before the first stamp is placed. Color is provided by the postage stamps that Norton obtains, touching every part of the color wheel. They can be arranged in an infinite variety of designs and patterns. These designs can suggest movement, patterned confusion, carry a message or exist as a purely aesthetic object.
Jun 30 - Aug 9, 2013 - Nature (re)constructed by Joshua Almond - Gallery Two
Joshua Almost creates abstract landscapes and large-scale sculptural forms that address themes of beauty, corruption and loss. Informed by an interest in cell biology and genetic mutation, his work exists in the intersection between art, science and philosophy. Drawing upon nature for inspiration, Almond uses the abstracted morphology of biological structures as a vehicle for artistic expression. Intentionally ambiguous, the expressive forms are at once familiar and exotic. Often playing with the tension that exists in the struggle of opposites (positve & negative, constraint & abandon), he seeks to accentuate the tenuous balance between order and chaos. Representational elements such maggots and grubs, inhabit eroded, desiccated landscapes.Through his work, Almond seeks to come to an alternative understanding of the contemporary sublime.
Of Sex & Death
Jul 18 - Aug 14, 2013 - Biologic Symbiosis by Wesley Smith - North Windows
Wesley Smith's work as a whole revolves around the infulences of popular and specifically TV culture. Cars, automotive parts, animals, science, science fiction, mainstream and B sci-fi movies, toys, tools and technology are all part of his visual influence. Theare are basic to his thought and design process but they function as visual building blocks for reference to what Smith wants to communicate. Through arrangement, size, color, etc., he can talk about a great many more things. Often, the sci-fi and toy references are an allusion to Smith's childhood. These images, remembrances and references are all used as visual material to speak about the concerns he wants to address. Some are pleasant, even light-hearted, while others are more socially charged and of more serious social overtones.
2 Become 1
Aug 12 - Sept 23, 2013 - Beyond the Basket Form by Dorothy McGuiness - Gallery One
Traditional American and Native Amerian styles have influenced Dorothy McGuiness's work and her choice of materials. This in turn dictated the styles of baskets she began weaving. Using many traditional and native materials such as cedar and cherry bark, sweet grass and spruce roots, McGuiness studied basket weaving techniques that have been handed down through the centuries. After studying extensively with Jiro Yoneawa, a Japanese bamboo basket maker and teach, she became proficient in making Japanese-style baskets using their established weaving methods. After taking a seminar on weaving with paper, watercolor paper quickly became her medium of choice. Since then, she has combined her knowledge of traditional bamboo techniques with the paper techniques. Starting with the traditional basket, she brings her own innovations to the process, using hand-painted papers to create baskets with more flexible properties.
Aug 21 - Oct 23, 2013 - Furniture Guild Exhibition by The Cumberland Furniture Guild - Gallery Two & North Windows
The Cumberland Furniture Guild started in September of 200, when seven Middle Tennessee fine furniture makers, brought together by a common interest in studio furniture, joined forces to create an organization that would foster creative craft, artistic integrity and expanded opportunities for the fine furniture community in the Middle Tennessee region. The decision was made to open the membership to any individual, group or organization interest in their cause, including studio furniture makers, craft artists, hobbyists and collectors.
Since its inception the Cumberland Furniture Guild has gone on to become an important resource for the furniture making community in the region, presenting biennial juried exhibitions, quarterly continuing education seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and a continually expanding membership base. As they continue to build on the these beginnings, the Cumberland Furniture Guild will have even greater opportunities to influence the broader community's awareness and understanding of fine furniture in the region.
Long Green Table by Kim Winkle
Oct 3 - Dec 2, 2013 - Metals Studio Feature Exhibition - Gallery One
Each year, the gallery features current work from one of our five studios. This exhibition will showcase recent works of advanced students, the Artist-in-Residence and the professor in the Metal Department at the Craft Center.
Short and Stout by Carey Harding
Nov 1 - Dec 17, 2013 - Fall Bachelor of Fine Art Candidates Exhibitions - Gallery One & North Windows
The Appalachian Center for Craft promotes excellence in American craft by teaching tradtion and innovation in technique, concept and design. Students become proficient in the materials, processes and practices used by professional craft artists. The measure of accomplishment is the Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, requiring high standards of professionalism in preparation, design and execution.
Lidded Jar by Ellen Kleckner
Nov 4, 2013 - Jan 4, 2014 Holiday Festival Exhibition - Gallery Two
Every year, the Gallery at the Appalachian Center for Craft holds a Holiday Festival Exhibition and Sale. The Holiday Festival is a three-day event that will be held on Nov 28 - Dec 1, 2013. It will include the special exhibition and sale, artist demonstrations and music. There will also be mini-workshops sponssered by FACCT and gourmet cuisine prepared by the RebBud Cafe. If you cannot make it to the Holiday Fesitival, please come by and see the special exhibit and sal open Nov 4, 2013 - Jan 4, 2014.
Felted Ornaments by Kendall White