Main Gallery

Deliberate Works: 

A group exhibition featuring artists of the Appalachian Center for Craft, part of Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft and Design and a Southern Highland Craft Guild Education Center Member.

February 2 - April 28, 2019

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its first exhibition for the 2019 year with Deliberate Works in the Folk Art Center's main gallery upstairs. It features 48 objects from faculty, alumni and students of the Appalachian Center for Craft.

Appalachian Center for Craft and the Southern Highland Craft Guild share a history that documents the role of craft education in preserving traditional culture, creating economic opportunity and fostering professional practice. The relationship continues with the exhibition on view. All of the artists represent the vitality and creativity of craft practice today, which is the ultimate purpose of both institutions.

The Center “is unusual in being both part of a university art school and also a workshop program, thus offering multiple paths to mastery. Among other individuals of like inclinations, a maker can focus on determining personal values, how they can be expressed in physical form, and how those forms are best achieved. The consequence of such concerted efforts is the enduring satisfaction of work shaped by these goals and discoveries.” (Janet Koplos, co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft and contributing editor to Art in America magazine, excerpted from her essay, Discipline, skill, method, means, and deliberateness, for SOFA Expo 2018,

Since 1979, The Appalachian Center for Craft (part of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University’s College of Fine Arts) has been dedicated to promoting excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design, by providing access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and programs in a community arts context.

This exhibit is located on the second floor of the Folk Art Center in the main gallery through the end of April 2019. All products are available for purchase, online and in the gallery. Shop below.


Participating Artists:

Graham Campbell, Wood | Faculty
Curtiss Brock, Glass | Faculty
Daniel Randall, Metals | Faculty
Rena Wood, Fibers | Faculty
Jessica Wilson, Clay | Faculty
Anne Bujold, Metals | Artist in Residence
Leckie Gassman, Glass | Artist in Residence
Jessica Hagar, Fibers | Artist in Residence
Sophie Glenn, Wood | Artist in Residence
Chad Smalt, Exhibitions | Artist in Residence
Rachel Clark, Clay | Alumnus
Mirrah Johnson, Fiber | Alumnus
Alexis Moore, Wood | Alumnus
Thoryn Ziemba, Glass | Alumnus
Darby Lewis, Clay | Student
Savannah Bell, Clay | Student
Jonathan Strong, Clay | Student