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Pentaculum is an invitation-only, weeklong artist retreatat Arrowmont designed to provide artists with unfettered time and space to work alongside peers, friends and colleagues. Held annually in early January and mid-May, working artists in ceramics, fibers, metals, 2D, wood & sculpture, and writing spend a week at Arrowmont to work on independent projects. Pentaculum offers an intimate atmosphere for personal artistic growth and the opportunity to strengthen and build meaningful relationships within the art and craft field. Participants experience a retreat at Arrowmont to invigorate their studio practice and deepen their connections to the craft community.

Pentaculum grew from Ceramic Surface Forum, an event founded by former Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence, instructor and staff member, Jason Burnett. Ceramic Surface Forum was an invitational retreat that brought together 15-20 ceramic artists to the Arrowmont clay studio during the first week in January in 2012. From there, the event grew into four additional visual art medias — which informed the new name, Pentaculum. In 2019, the first Spring Pentaculum was added to the annual winter event. Today, Pentaculum has grown to include more than five visual art disciplines as well as a retreat experience for writers.

At this time, the Pentaculum experience is by invitation only from one of the Pentaculum coordinators. If you are interested in the opportunity or have questions, please contact Kelly Hider, Arrowmont’s Director of National Programs at [email protected].

If you would like to be considered for participation in a Pentaculum program, please apply at the following link: arrowmont.slideroom.com

Winter Pentaculum Coordinators

Rachel Rader | Arrowmont Winter Pentaculum, Instructor in Glass 

Rachel Rader ・ Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (Glass)

Rachel Rader (she/her) is an artist and educator based in Richmond, Virginia. Rachel creates work that derives from her love...
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Grant Benoit | Arrowmont Winter Pentaculum Instructor in Fibers 

Grant Benoit・ Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (Fibers)

Grant Benoit is an interdisciplinary artist who observes notions of memory through printmaking, fiber arts, and craft methods.  In his practice,...
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Mark Tan | Winter Pentaculum Instructor, Arrowmont | Wood 

Mark Tan・ Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (Wood)

Mark Tan is a first-generation Canadian born and raised in Toronto by Filipino immigrants. He produces interactive sculptures made from...
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Adam Atkinson | Winter Pentaculum Instructor (Metals) | Photo: Myles Pettengill, @myles_standish 

Adam Atkinson・ Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (Metals)

Adam Atkinson (he/they) is a metalsmith, curator, and educator. Atkinson received an MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University...
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Jun Lee | Arrowmont Pentaculum Instructor | 2D 

Jun Lee ・ Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (2-D)

Jun Lee is a printmaker based in Washington, D.C. who works in large format woodcut utilizing animals as metaphors to...
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Kyle Lang · Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (Writing)

Kyle Lang writes from the Portland, Oregon metro area.  He is currently working on nonfiction addressing identity and culture with...
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Lynne Hobaica 

Lynne Hobaica · Winter Pentaculum Coordinator (Ceramics)

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Lynne Hobaica received her BFA from Syracuse University and later completed her MFA in Conceptual Ceramic Sculpture…
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Spring Pentaculum Coordinators

Mark Errol 

Mark Errol · Spring Pentaculum Coordinator (Ceramics)

Mark Errol graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with his MFA where he was the recipient of the Ernest G. Welch Fellowship. Mark accepted the position of Lecturer…
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Ashton Ludden 

Ashton Ludden · Spring Pentaculum Coordinator (2-D)

Ashton Ludden is an artist and educator with specialization in hand-engraving, printmaking, and sign painting. She studied Engraving Arts and Printmaking…
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Joetta Maue 

Joetta Maue · Spring Pentaculum Coordinator (Fibers)

Joetta Maue is a multi-faceted artist that has had work exhibited with galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Including, but not limited to, the Arts Complex Museum…
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Lauren Harr 

Lauren Harr · Spring Pentaculum Coordinator (Writing)

A lifelong lover of language, Lauren Harr has worked in the writing and publishing world for 25 years—as undergraduate editorial staff for The Blue Mesa Review, a reporter…
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Emily Shaffer 

Emily Shaffer · Spring Pentaculum Coordinator (Metals)

Emily Shaffer is a contemporary studio jeweler located in Maine. Emily made her way to Maine in 2014 after receiving B.F.A in Crafts concentrating in fine metals…
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Leah Woods 

Leah Woods · Spring Pentaculum Coordinator (Wood)

Leah Woods is an artist working primarily with wood building functional and non-functional objects. Having received her MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design…
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In Words

In 2018, Pentaculum writer Suzi Banks Baum began a series of blog posts for Arrowmont describing the Pentaculum experience. 2018–2019 Artist-in-Residence Sasha Baskin, and Pentaculum writers Anne Martens and Carolyn Servid have also written blog posts about their experience. See all of the Pentaculum blogs below:

Creative Superpowers at Arrowmont’s 2023 Spring Pentaculum  ·  Anne Martens
Gratification at Arrowmont’s 2022 Spring Pentaculum  ·  Carolyn Servid
A Generous Legacy: Five Studio Coordinators for the Winter Pentaculum  ·  Suzi Banks Baum
The Language of Makers: Sounds Made in Solitude and in Community  ·  Suzi Banks Baum
The Pentaculum Experience – Reflections by Sasha Baskin  ·  Sasha Baskin
Pentaculum: Where Artists Overlap  ·  Suzi Banks Baum
(Some of) What We Do at Pentaculum  ·  Suzi Banks Baum
Why Writers and Why Here?  ·  Suzi Banks Baum
How We Are Sustained: The Artists of Pentaculum 2018  ·  Suzi Banks Baum


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