Announcement: Arrowmont and The Furniture Society Educational Grant Winner: Holly Gore

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and The Furniture Society are proud to announce the winner of the first Writing Residency Educational Grant: Holly Gore.


Holly Gore writes at the intersection of modern and contemporary art, material culture, and contemporary art. A Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her dissertation analyzes woodworkers Mary (Molly) Gregory, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima and James Blain (J.B.) Blunk.

The Writing Residency is will enable Gore to spend time using and being inspired by the wealth of written information situated in Arrowmont’s library Marian G. Heard Resource Center. The writing to emerge from this research experience will serve to promote the library and its comprehensive holdings as an important resource for the field of craft. It will simultaneously produce writing about the furniture field, upholding the mission of The Furniture Society in identifying ways to advance the art of furniture making and to cultivate a diverse community and conversation around furniture in all its forms.

Gore will spend one week in residence at Arrowmont in 2019 with access to workshops for observation, research and conversation.

Read more about The Furniture Society’s Educational Grant winners here:


Founded as a settlement school in 1912 by the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Arrowmont has grown into a national center for contemporary arts and crafts education, supporting learning opportunities for individuals of all skills levels and ages. Arrowmont is located on 13-acres in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN only minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With access to tourist attractions, the convenience of a large city nearby, and a thriving arts and crafts community, Arrowmont offers a unique and immersive learning environment—an unexpected creative oasis amidst the bustle of a popular tourist destination. The heritage of the School is rooted in an approach to the arts that builds upon traditional arts and crafts, and the joy of making. People travel from across the nation and the globe to take classes at Arrowmont. More than 150 national workshops are offered annually, in addition to a full complement of community classes, children’s classes and ArtReach classes, which provide a day of art to over 1,200 local school children annually. In addition, Arrowmont is host to numerous gallery exhibitions, symposia and conferences.


The Furniture Society is a 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to advance the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence, and fostering an understanding of this art and its place in society. Our vision is to cultivate a diverse community and conversation around furniture in all its forms.

The Furniture Society works to realize its mission through educational programs, publications, exhibitions, recognition of excellence in the field, program partnerships, educational grants, and annual conferences. With members from across the United States and Canada, as well as


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