Tennessee Craft exhibit at Centennial Art Center commemorates 50 years of creative collaboration

The annual Tennessee Craft exhibition at the Centennial Art Center (CAC), The art of craftsmanship, takes on greater prominence this year as the Centennial Art Center celebrates its 50th year of cultivating and promoting Tennessee artists and artisans in central Tennessee. Running August 8 through September 20, 2022, this exhibit commemorates the long-standing relationship between Tennessee Craft (founded in 1965 and originally known as TACA) and Centennial Art Center. This collaboration began in 1972 when the first annual “Tennessee Crafts Fair” was held around the outer perimeter of the Centennial Art Center. The inaugural fair began just a week after the building reopened as an arts center following its conversion from a public swimming pool that had closed ten years previously. The Tennessee Craft Fairs in the spring and fall of each year have become so important; they now take place on the Great Lawn adjacent to the Parthenon in front of Centennial Park. Hosting this exhibition in the Art Center gallery each year takes Tennessee Craft back to its roots.

Discussing his excitement for the upcoming exhibit, Metro Parks Visual Arts Supervisor Joshua Wagner shared, “Nashville is so lucky to have organizations like these working together to provide resources for artists. – helping our creative communities thrive. The legacies produced by these partnerships are woven into the fabric of our local community and are part of what makes Nashville one of the most creative cities in the United States.”

Kim Waag, Executive Director of Tennessee Craft, Congratulates the Centennial Art Center on its 50th Anniversary – “The Tennessee Craft Board of Trustees and staff, and those who initiated the Centennial Art Center and Tennessee Craft collaboration in 1972 , reflect with satisfaction the five decades of opportunity and experience made possible for artists, members and the craft arts community in Tennessee. We look forward to continued connections for artists and the growth of arts and culture thanks to the sum of the efforts of our partnership and our strong relationships.

This year The art of craftsmanship the exhibit features Tennessee Craft artists from four regional chapters located across the state. Artists from the Southwest Chapter include Frederique Zindy (watercolor) and Felicitas Sloves (fiber art/handwoven tapestry). Representing the Midstate Chapter are Ashley Seay (engraving), Audrey Deal-McEver (ceramics) and Beth Barnard (sculpture). The Plateau Chapter artist is Jessica Hagar (fiber art), and Eastern Chapter representatives include Julie Boisseau-Craig (mixed media, glass) and Tiana Boisseau-Palo (intaglio and silkscreen).

The reception of the gallery for The art of craftsmanship will take place in collaboration with Starry Nightan annual fundraiser organized by Nashville Creative Parks (CPN), Saturday, September 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Creative Parks Nashville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit “friends” group dedicated to supporting music, visual arts, and theater education in the Nashville parks. In addition to live entertainment, there will be an art exhibit and sale featuring outdoor paintings by The chestnut group and other local artists. The evening will also include drink tickets and refreshments from Phat Bites as well as a silent auction. Book your free tickets at starrynight.eventbrite.com.

Join Centennial Art Center and Tennessee Craft as they celebrate 50 years of community partnership with this special exhibit.

The Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public and is a division of Metro Parks & Recreation’s cultural and visual arts programming. Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. [email protected]or visit the Centennial Art Center website or the Centennial Art Center Facebook page.