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Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts proudly offers annual fellowships for educators and post-graduates pursuing a career in curation, research and/or art history. Fellows are afforded the opportunity to develop professional skills in an inclusive and welcoming environment, mentored by our dedicated and professional staff. The length and terms of each fellowship can be found below.


We are committed to the education and furtherance of the careers of artists and crafts persons, including those in careers that support artists and their work. The Kenneth R. Trapp Craft Assistant/Curatorial Fellowship is awarded annually to an early career curator, arts researcher, or art historian.

The Trapp Fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with the opportunity, resources, and collection to utilize and hone the skills they gained through their graduate education. Each fellow will have the opportunity to work with the gallery and program team to identify and craft a fellowship that meets the needs of Arrowmont and furthers the career of the fellow. This may include the following: developing and mounting exhibitions, both on campus and traveling, preservation of objects in the collection, gallery and exhibition marketing, developing artifact provenance, care and maintenance of the collection, writing, publication, public speaking, and development of educational materials.

This fellowship is an 11-month residency at Arrowmont. In exchange for 40 hours of work per week, the fellow will receive a $30k stipend, accommodations in one of the furnished apartments on campus, and meals in the Arrowmont dining room during workshop sessions. The fellow will work under the direction of the Collections & Galleries Manager and will have access to experts in the medium they are researching and the involvement of additional experts as needed.

The ideal candidate will have recently completed graduate work in art history, museum studies, curatorial practices, or a related field. They will understand current practices and innovations in collections management, possess excellent artistic judgment, a strong interest in and desire to advance craft knowledge and preservation, and computer proficiency, including collections management software knowledge.

Contact Heather F. Wetzel, Galleries & Collections Manager, by email at [email protected] or call 865-436-5860 ex 22 with questions or for more information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE  ·  December 1, 2023 – January 15, 2024



An annual residency for one United States-based K-12 art teacher. The fellowship duration is flexible, 2-4 weeks, selected by the recipient based on their schedule and Arrowmont’s programming schedule/availability. Recipients receive housing, meals, and a combination of tuition-free workshop(s) and/or personal time on campus for independent work. Images are required.

Contact Rebecca Buglio, Director of Local and Regional Programs, at [email protected] or call 865-436-5860 ext. 38 with questions or for more information.



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