Three exhibits currently on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft

If you’re looking to add some culture to your summer vacation, then look no farther than the Appalachian Center for Craft.

The satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, located near Smithville, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and has three different exhibitions on display right now.

They include:

Bachelor of Fine Arts Group Show, featuring works by graduates of the 2007-08 BFA program, on display in the North Windows Gallery through June 30.

The exhibit includes screen-printed panels by fibers major Cara Young, Damascus knives by metals major Jay Replogle, figurative ceramic sculpture by clay major Cynthia Wallace, mixed media shadow boxes by fibers major John Welch, and ceramic wall sculpture by clay major Roxy DeSantis-Nunally.

Urban Wildlife, featuring ceramics and photography by Merrie Wright, on display in Gallery Two through July 21.

Her works explore wildlife’s relationship to the urban landscape through ceramic sculpture and digital photography. The photo element serves as documentation of the work in the context for which it was created.

“Urban Wildlife is a portrait of the animal’s struggle for survival and adaptation, and more acutely, portrays the connection or disconnection between ourselves and our environment,” Wright said.

An assistant professor of art at the University of Texas at Tyler, Wright has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and a master of fine arts from Louisiana State University.

Summer Workshop Faculty Exhibition, featuring an extensive variety of fine craft by visiting summer workshop faculty, on display in Gallery One through Aug. 4.

These artists come from across the United States and represent a wide range of functional and conceptual fine craft in clay, fibers, glass, metals, wood and mixed media.

The Craft Center’s intensive summer workshop program of five-day sessions runs Monday through Friday throughout the months of June and July. Workshops accommodate all skill levels — from beginners to professional studio artists — and room and board is available on-site for workshop participants.

The Craft Center is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). To get there, go south on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information about these exhibits or the summer workshop program, call the Craft Center at 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or visit