Enriching lives through art and craft


After a national search, Trudy Hughes of Knoxville will be the executive director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Dr. Steven Gottlieb, president of the Board of Governors announced today.

Gottlieb said, “The Board is pleased that we attracted a candidate of the caliber of Trudy Hughes. She brings to the position extensive nonprofit management experience and a deep knowledge of the region. Trudy’s years of association with and support of Arrowmont is an important asset.”

“Further, I would be remiss if I did not express our appreciation to the East Tennessee Foundation, Trudy’s current employer, for their many years’ support of Arrowmont. ETF is an important member of the Arrowmont community and a major contributor to East Tennessee’s quality of life,” he continued.

Hughes, a native of East Tennessee, has been vice president of regional advancement at East Tennessee Foundation for the past eight years. Prior to her tenure at ETF, she worked with children’s advocacy organizations, held adjunct positions at several regional colleges and universities, and early in her career worked in banking. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Human Services and a master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville and Chattanooga.

“I am most honored to begin my service with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Arrowmont has been a significant organization to me since my childhood. I look forward to the opportunity to be engaged daily to encourage, motivate, and assist others as they aspire to develop their creative talents,” Hughes said of her new position.

Reflecting on her time at ETF, Hughes said, “My years at East Tennessee Foundation have been wonderful as we worked as a team to enhance philanthropy across the region, assisting individuals, organizations, and communities as they address opportunities, challenges, and needs.”

Hughes will begin her work at Arrowmont the first of July 2021.

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