School of Art, Craft & Design

Appalachian Center for Craft

Phone: 931-372-3051 | Email: | Location: 1560 Craft Center Dr., Smithville

Tennessee Tech's Appalachian Center for Craft is a satellite campus located near Smithville, Tennessee; approximately 25 miles west of TTU's main campus off Interstate 40 (view directions).

The center comprises a large part of the School of Art, Craft & Design and is home to the craft studio Bachelor of Fine Arts degree concentrations:

The Center for Craft promotes excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design providing access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and career opportunities.

Student Amenities


It is an 87,000 sq. ft. facility located on more than 500 wooded acres overlooking scenic Center Hill Lake. The center includes spacious studios, a retail gallery, exhibition galleries, administrative offices, a library, a cafe, student housing, and meeting/audio visual rooms.

The center was created resulting from a 5 million dollar federal grant spearheaded by the late Representative Joe L. Evins, Tennessee Congressman serving on the House Appropriations Committee. Construction was completed in December 1979, and classes began in January 1980.