In 2020, Arrowmont celebrates 75 years as a school of arts and crafts. ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION presents archival images and articles to recognize this milestone. Add your memories to the collection – click here to send us your pictures and stories!
In nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, the the 1982 World’s Fair was held, bringing more visitors to East Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains, and to Arrowmont.
Five one-week Spring craft workshops were offered in addition to Elderhostel classes, continuing to expand Arrowmont’s year-round programming.
Arrowmont was also host to two significant conferences in 1982.
Forms of Leather
When asked to remember what was significant during this period, Ernie Shultz – one of Arrowmont’s longest-term staff members – distinctly recalled the impact of the leather art conference held at Arrowmont. “Forms of Leather” was the first national conference on leather offered in the country.
The conference provided an opportunity for professional and serious amateur leather works to share information and explore new concepts in design. An invitational gallery exhibition brought together the work of 36 contemporary leather workers in a survey of functional and non-functional objects.
Spotlight ’82: Southeast Crafts
Arrowmont and the Southeast Region of the American Crafts Council sponsored a three-day conference at Arrowmont October 6-9, 1982. Over 200 people came together to experience demonstrations, seminars, slide lectures, and panel discussions.
Arrowmont co-sponsored the FABRIC/NEXUS exhibit with the Surface Design Association, showcasing the connection between fiber artists and contemporary life through surface design. The show was juried by Shigeko Spear of the Kansas City Art Institute. She wrote, “The remarkable variety of work reminds us of the enormous possibilities of creative expression within the medium.”
The exhibit displayed 82 pieces, selected from 378 entries and focused on mixed media fabric dealing with surface design through quilting, screen printing, trapunto, applique, and direct dyeing and painting on fabric.