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20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibtion

20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition
February 15 – April 23, 2021

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites you to experience the 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition. This exhibition is a juried, mixed media art exhibition presented by Arrowmont to recognize and foster the skills and talents of artists and makers who call the region of Sevier County home. The exhibition will be viewable to the public by appointment, and online only Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:45pm.



Join Juror Mary W. Thompson and Gallery Manager Kelsey Dillow for a virtual reception via Zoom on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The reception is 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST. Click here to register for the event, or visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6omlFuoSSM6ocG23TGgQdg.


  • Artwork drop off: January 13th and 14th, 9am-6pm
  • Jury: January 18 – 22, 2021
  • Jury notification: January 22, 2021
  • Pickup of non-selected works: January 25 – 26, 2021
  • Installation: February 1 – 12, 2021
  • Exhibition on view: February 15 – April 23, 2021
  • Virtual Reception via Zoom: February 25, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
  • Artwork pickup: April 27 – 28, 2021

JUROR: Mary W. Thompson

A second-generation basket weaver and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Mary Thompson expresses her appreciation for her ancestry and culture through her signature woven creations.

The daughter of Geraldine W. Walkingstick and mother to daughter Sarah, Thompson is the link to three generations of basket weavers.

Thompson makes old style baskets and traditional stamped pottery. Over the years, Mary’s work has won numerous awards and ribbons. Mary’s river cane double woven baskets with lids have been commissioned and are on display in the anthropology department at the University of South Alabama, Mobile.

Senator Kay Hagan and country singer Merle Haggard have her art. Her work has been published in the National Basketry Organization’s Tradition and Innovation in Basketry Today Juried and Invitational exhibition All Things Considered, and WNC Mountain Living Magazine. Mary has taught basketry at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Sequoyah Museum in Vonore, TN, and at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mary has served four terms representing the tribal members in the legislative branch of Tribal Government. As a mom, gardener, potter and basket weaver, she continues to volunteer in the community and serves on several national and local boards.

Read Mary’s full bio at www.authenticallycherokee.com/artists/mary-thompson/


Best of show, second and third place awards will be chosen by the juror. Purchase awards will be selected by sponsors, and scholarships will be awarded by the Arrowmont Scholarship Committee. Arrowmont employees and resident artists are eligible to exhibit and receive purchase awards, but are not eligible to receive scholarships or awards at the juror’s discretion.

  • Best of Show: $500
  • Two Awards of Merit: $250
  • Permanent Collection Purchase Award
  • Sponsor purchase awards

Premier Sponsors


Robert Whittier

Merit Award Sponsor

Purchase Award Sponsors

Emily B. Kile

In-Kind Sponsor

Sign Master, Inc.

The Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition will be open Monday through Friday, by appointment only Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:45pm. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts main campus, studios and library remain closed to the public. Walk-in visits are not available at this time.

  • Reserve a private visit to the gallery by filling out the form below or calling 865-436-5860 or email [email protected]
  • Visits must be scheduled and confirmed at least 24 hours in advance
  • Limit of 4 guests per reservation
  • Guests are asked to enter the Sandra J. Blain Gallery through the side entrance of the main building near Red Barn
  • Visitors are REQUIRED to wear a mask to enter the building
  • Reservations are 45 minutes in length
  • Visitors will not be permitted to enter studios, the library or any other area of campus

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