August 15 – October 5, 2016 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Bill Griffith: Recollective is a solo exhibition by ceramic artist and longtime Arrowmont staff visionary Bill Griffith. This exhibit is in conjunction with Arrowmont’s Utilitarian Clay VII: Celebrate the Object National Symposium (September 21-24, 2016), a gathering of leading practitioners in the field which Bill initiated in 1992.
Bill Griffith: Recollective showcases ceramic work produced during his 27-year tenure as the Assistant Director and Program Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Among his many contributions to the school, he established the Artists-in-Residence Program in 1991, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. As an outgrowth of the Residency Program, he also established ArtReach – an annual program that has provided hands-on art instruction to more than 25,000 Sevier County students. Bill currently serves as Arrowmont’s Outreach and Partnership Liaison.
Griffith received a BS in Art Education from Indiana State University and an MA in Art Education/Ceramics from Miami University, Ohio. He participated in the initial International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan and is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Bill Griffith’s functional and sculptural works have been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications. He has work in private and public collections including Tennessee State Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, City of Orlando, Florida Permanent Collection, San Angelo Museum of Art, Texas, Tokoname Japan Cultural Museum and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China. For more information, visit his website at www.billgriffithclay.com.
A closing reception honoring Bill Griffith will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 5-7pm.