School of Art, Craft & Design

News & Updates



June 5 - August 27: The School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University announces an exhibition of works by Bachelor of Fine Art students from 7 areas of concentration, including glass, metals, clay, fibers, wood, digital design, and painting.

Works will be on display at The Metropolitan Nashville Airport, as part of the Arts at the Airport Flying Solo program.

Exhibit dates and location: June 5 – August 27, 2017, Art Case displays in waiting area by concourse C.

Chosen works feature the strong emphasis on technical material mastery in the SAC&D BFA program, embracing traditional methods and fresh approaches, incorporating whimsy, functionality, metaphorical and emotional content, and references to culture and nature.


CONGRATULATIONS 2017 Graduates of the School of Art, Craft & Design

Maggie Bernabei (Design) | Jonathan Carpenter (Painting) | Kevin Clark (Design) | Julio Dotel (Art Education)

Patrick Faustino (Design) | Josh Gibbs (Metals) | Gage Hutchings (Clay) | Mirrah Johnson (Fibers) | Christina Kenney (Painting)

Mariah McCormack (Metals) | Joseph McDaniel (Clay) | Ashley Pompell (Art Education) | Samantha Rouse (Art Education)

Nicholas Rush (Design) | Dalton Satterfield (Design) | Aslan Smith (Design) | Katherine Svendsen (Design) | Sara Wiggins (Clay)


Dr. Carol Ventura, Professor of Art History, leads School of Art, Craft & Design Students on tours of London and Stonehenge for Spring Break 2017.

Course: Art Tour (Art 4100)


Artwork By Glass Student Installed in Missouri Hospital

Alex Dulle, a Tennessee Tech student from the School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft, recently installed her commissioned artwork “Ripples” at the Capital Region Medical Center in her hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri.

The large-scale wall installation greets visitors as they enter the hospital’s newly completed addition.

“We are a community-based hospital,” said Jim Wisch, chairman of Capital Region Medical Center’s board of directors. “When we started this project, we knew we wanted everything – including the art – to be as local as possible.”


Alumna Ellen Kleckner Named Ceramics Center's Executive Director

After a nationwide search, Elizabeth Wilson, president of The Ceramics Center Board of Directors, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says we found the right candidate to build on the successes of the past and lead the Center going forward - Ellen Kleckner.

Ms. Kleckner plans to build on the Center's success since its opening in 2009. She brings extensive experience in the field of ceramics and glass, as well as managerial and operational experience in both the private and public sector. She is completing an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio and earned a BFA in Ceramics from Tennessee Tech University in 2012.

She will join the Center on June 1, 2016. With family in Waterloo, Ms. Kleckner is looking forward to returning to the area. Amythest Warrington, who has served as the Interim Director following Mr. Jensen’s departure in October, will continue in that role until Ms. Kleckner arrives in June.

“Ellen has worked extensively in collaborative situations from the nonprofit sector to academics. She believes the role of arts in society is a complex one, including arts education, thinking about the world from new perspectives and creating art that communicates across diverse populations. She wants the Ceramics Center to be a community-based organization.”

The Ceramics Center is a non-profit facility whose purpose is to promote understanding, appreciation and professional development in the ceramic and glass arts. The Center, located in the Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave SE, is organized and operated by Iowa Art Works, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by earned income, grants, private contributions and memberships.


Sara Wiggins Wins National Niche Award In Ceramics

Winners of the 2016 NICHE Awards were announced in January 2016 during the American Made Show (the nation's largest wholesale craft show) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sara Wiggins' piece, Stormtrooper VS Gladiator took top honors in the Ceramics: Functional category. Wiggins is a student at TTU's Appalachian Center for Craft.

Only 180 entries of more than 1,600 submissions were name as finalists during the 27th annual competition.

In 1989, the NICHE national awards were developed by NICHE Magazine to recognize outstanding achievements of American craft artists who produce work for galleries and retail stores.

Judging is based on two primary criteria:

  • technical excellence, both in surface and form
  • a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought

CONGRATULATIONS SARA!


Wiskirchen Named November 2015 Ambassador of the Month

Kelsey Wiskirchen, fibers artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft, has been awarded TTU's Ambassador of the Month award.

"I am putting forth Ms. Wiskirchen as a nominee because she is one of the finest professors and instructors I have had," said student Joshua Leslie. "She stands out as one of the most professional, well spoken, knowledgeable, and passionate instructors I've seen in awhile."

"What really sets her apart, besides her expansive knowledge, is her passion for the subject matter being taught. Anyone who is present in her class can see and feel that she really cares about what she is teaching. She cares for the students and wants us, as a class and individually, to succeed. She is truly a model professor and a great role model for the ones fortunate enough to be under her leadership and teaching."


2015-2016 Art Scholarship Recipients

The TTU Department of Art and Department of Music held a joint 2015 Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Sunday, September 20, at the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Among the art students being recognized, Jinni Copp, Gage Hutchings, Catherine Lemaire Lozier and Sara Wiggins received Bacchanal Scholarships. Kathryn Craig received the Approach the Light Becky Anderson Scholarship and Heather Calfee received the Nancy Nichols Williams Honorary Scholarship. Reid Carmack, Jinni Copp, Kathryn Craig, John Glass, Gage Hutchings, Natalie Novak, Micah Seals and Sara Wiggins received Windgate Art Scholarships.

Congratulations to all for their accomplishments!

Pictured (L-R) – Reid Carmack, Sara Wiggins, Gage Hutchings, Jinni Copp, Kathryn Craig, Heather Calfee and Micah Seals. Not pictured- John Glass, Catherine Lemaire Lozier and Natalie Novak.


Jessica Hagar, Fibers Major completes NYC internship

After two months working with a professional knitter in Brooklyn, New York, Tennessee Tech University senior Jessica Hagar made approximately 100 hats and several shirts.

Most of what she made is now being sold in a variety of stores across the country including Anthropologie and Free People.

“I did a lot of hands-on work. A lot of clothing designers, when they hire interns it’s a lot of paperwork and errands,” said Hagar, who is studying fibers and art education. “They don’t get to do a lot of designing so I feel like I was lucky.”

“It made me feel like it was possible to have a job. I saw how successful she is and it gave me hope that my medium is going somewhere.”



TTU Art Faculty - Kimberly Winkle - Wins $25,000 Furniture Fellowship

Kim Winkle, associate art professor at Tennessee Tech University, has been awarded a competitive fellowship for talented young furniture artists. She is the first artist from outside of New England to win the John D. Mineck furniture fellowship.

The fellowship, worth $25,000, is awarded annually to help one promising furniture artist continue developing skills or become an independent artist. It is administered by the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.

Winkle will use the money to take a workshop about blending digital technologies with traditional materials and processes, and to purchase a piece of equipment that will help her create a new body of work.

“This new knowledge and technology will allow me the opportunity to expand my current artistic practice,” she said. “I am very eager to find a harmonious balance between new and old technologies while also continuing to visually speak with my own aesthetic voice.”

This year, nearly 50 artists from 16 states applied for the fellowship.

“The Society of Arts and Crafts is a longstanding advocate and champion of fine craft and being recognized by them in this way is an incredible honor,” Winkle said.

Winkle’s work has appeared in galleries and festivals across North America, including at a four-day international art show in New York City earlier this year, NYCxDesign. She has been a member of TTU’s art faculty for 12 years.

Tennessee Tech’s art department comprises eight programs: painting, art education and design, with an emphasis on digital media, on the main campus in Cookeville and clay, fibers, metals, glass and wood studios at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee.