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!
“An enchanted place…where there’s no ceiling for thoughts. No room for the ordinary. People’s sense of time is lost in moments. Ideas flow, at first a small clear drop that collects into a pool spilling over…” – Cheryl Copper, return Arrowmont student
Campus improvements and milestones marked 1984 at Arrowmont.
The Red Barn celebrated its 25th anniversary as a dormitory with building improvements and a ceremony June 22, 1984.
560 square feet were added to the woodworking facilities to accommodate the growing popularity of woodturning. Six lathes occupied the new space, and woodturning was offered for the first time in Spring workshops. Arrowmont maintenance staff Zanley, Watson, Jeff Monhollen, Ernie Shultz and Neal Watson completed the finishing work of the studio addition.
Meeting of Minds
Arrowmont hosted the Critic’s Choice Conference May 4-6, 1984. The conference was conceived as a weekend event at which emerging artists working in the Southeast would have an opportunity to meet with four prominent critics and have their work reviewed and critiqued. Other participants were invited to the conference to observe the interactions. 60 artists working in 2D media sent slides of their work for preliminary review by guest critics: Lucinda Barnes, Karl Bornstein Gallery director; Howard N. Fox, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden associate curator of exhibitions; Michael Klein, New York-based free-lance curator and agent; Ned Rifkin, The New Museum of Contemporary Art assistant director. 33 artists from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia were selected. 28 artists and 10 observers participated in the conference.