Arrowmont announces 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence – Eric Cannizzaro, Maggie Connolly, Luke Huling, Jolynn Santiago, and Alex Younger. The Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community environment. Each year, five artists of different media are selected for the eleven-month program, which begins mid-June and continues through late May of the following year. Participants receive exhibition opportunities, teaching experience, professional development and a private studio.

The five Artists-in-Residence will exhibit their diverse work in a group show as they begin their 11-month residency. The exhibit is on view July 3 – August 3, 2019, in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. Admission is free and the community is encouraged to attend with their friends and family. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Eric Cannizzaro grew up in Vermont where he spent all his free time outdoors. After graduating from high school, Eric spent a few years working odd jobs and traveling in Central and South America, ultimately enrolling at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 2010 to study Natural History. At Evergreen, Eric found his way into the wood shop and began exploring furniture and instrument making.  Currently, Eric focuses his studio practice on chairmaking.




Maggie Connolly is an artist and author from Dubuque, Iowa. After earning her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 2007, she made her way to China eventually becoming the first American graduate to earn a MFA in Ceramics from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She then moved to Japan, earning her Ph. D from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2017 and just finished a post-doctorate program there this year. She has two books about the respective histories and cultures of Chinese and Japanese ceramics due out in summer of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys playing bridge.



Luke  Huling is a figurative sculptor from Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  He received his BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a concentration in ceramics and metalsmithing.  For two years following undergrad Luke was the long term resident at The LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, teaching throwing, hand building, and introductory metals classes.  In May of 2019 Luke will be receiving his MFA in ceramics from Indiana University. In his graduate program, he continues his teaching passion as an Associate instructor in art foundations and the ceramics department.



Jolynn Santiago is an artist and contemporary jeweler from Ohio. Her work is a collection of lines – illustrations of gesture – that recite a language. Jolynn’s acute observations of materials, objects, and processes are central to her practice. She is a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz and will earn an MFA in the spring of 2019.





Alex Younger is a weaver, fiber artist, and photographer. She holds a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College in English Literature and Studio Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies. Younger has attended ACRE Residency in Wisconsin, and she has taught through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. Her work has been shown internationally and across the United States, including Lodz, Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia.



For more information about Arrowmont’s Artist-in-Residence program, visit


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.



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