The Appalachian Center for Craft's Artist in Residence Program (AIR) allows emerging professional artists to live and work in its immersive studio environment. The AIR program is a one-year appointment, renewable for up to an additional year. Each studio (clay, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and exhibitions) has an Artist in Residence with a BFA, MFA or professional equivalent. AIRs are integral to the educational programs of the Craft Center, providing additional artistic perspectives, expertise and experiences to our students.
The Center for Craft employs a competitive application process to fill these positions. Positions open up at different times throughout the year and are posted to the Tennessee Tech University jobs page as they become available. Applications can only be accepted through the TTU jobs web page. Please refer to Jobs@Tntech.edu for the latest open positions. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 931-372-3051, or request to be added to our email newsletter list, so that we can send you our latest monthly news.
A typical residency position varies by studio concentration, but has these characteristics in common:
TERM OF THE RESIDENCY: One year appointment, with option to renew for one year at the discretion of ACC faculty.
Rachel Clark obtained her BFA in ceramics at Tennessee Technological University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. Post graduation, she worked as a studio potter under Susan DeMay, professional artist and ceramics instructor at Vanderbilt University. After moving to Eastern North Carolina, she worked as the gallery preparator for The Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences and was on the First Friday planning board for the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Rachel’s work has been featured in venues including Strictly Functional Pottery National, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Dog’s Eye Gallery, and Emerge Gallery and is published in Ceramics Monthly. www.rachelclarkceramics.com
Jessica Rose Hagar grew up in the town of McMinnville, and developed a love for art through community art programs, and began her college career at Tennessee Technological University desiring to teach art on a professional level. She has been nationally nominated for a NICHE Award, was awarded a Juror’s Choice Award at Tennessee Tech’s Annual Juried Student Show Exhibition and was awarded 3rd place during the Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends Exhibition at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Jessica has received the Bacchanal Art Scholarship as well as a grant for an Internship in New York City with Kordal Knitwear. Her work can be found in galleries throughout middle Tennessee. www.jrosetextilearts.com
Leckie Gassman is a multi-media artist joining us from most recently from Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, NC. He studied glass as an undergraduate at Alfred University and spent time working as a production glass blower in addition to making his own glass art. leckiegassman.com
Anne Bujold has been working with metal since 2004, beginning study at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) where she earned a BFA in Craft, and continuing at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft and Material Studies Program, where she earned her MFA in 2018. Utilizing a combination of blacksmithing, fabrication, and traditional metalsmithing techniques, she draws inspiration from the natural world and translates it into lasting objects.
Born and raised in New York City, Sophie received her BFA in Sculpture at the State University of New York at Purchase, and recently finished the MFA program at San Diego State University where she studied Furniture Design and Woodworking. She recently completed a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. www.sophieglenn.com
Chad earned his BFA from Buffalo State College and his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He has served as an art installer for the African American Museum and for the Art in City Hall program, both in Philadelphia, PA, as well as an art teacher with Project HOME, focusing on art as therapy for a recovery-based community.