ARROWMONT CRAFT CONVERSATIONS is a video series that highlights artists in the Arrowmont community. Our partnership with Arrowmont faculty and community members has contributed to Arrowmont’s longevity, growth as a school of arts and crafts, and our reputation as an institution that welcomes everyone. The artists who appear in this series exemplify the characteristics that represent the School — they span generations and are among the most experienced, capable, and innovative in the arts and crafts world.

Each of the artists in this series offers insights into their work and their reflections on being a part of the Arrowmont community. Visit

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Beginning in July, Arrowmont will present a new monthly series of virtual Instructor Roundtable discussions featuring Arrowmont instructors who represent diverse media and backgrounds – but who share a similar theme in their art.

In a normal year, the campus would be abuzz with the sounds of laughter and talk. Part of the Arrowmont Experience includes the conversations shared with students, staff and instructors. Although we cannot safely gather our community around the lunch table this year, Arrowmont is excited to invite you to a new lunch-time tradition. For the remainder of the year, the Instructor Roundtables will bring together instructors originally scheduled to teach in 2020 for a one-hour conversation about the themes that unite their work.

Special thanks to 2020 instructor Heinrich Toh who helped conceive and shape this new conversation series.

October 7, 2020 – Staff Roundtable: COLLECTIONS

October 7, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
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Kelsey Dillow, photographer / gallery manager
Bill Griffith, ceramics / outreach and partnership liaison
Gracie Herbert, ceramics, fibers, mixed media / supply store manager

Join us October 7 for a lunchtime conversation with staff members who work with art collections at Arrowmont: Kelsey Dillow, who works with exhibitions and the permanent collection; Bill Griffith, who is collection and cataloging work for a teaching collection; Gracie Herbert, who displays and sells work in the Supply Store and Showcase Gallery. Moderated by Deborah Sosower.


Kelsey Dillow is from Huntington, West Virginia. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography & Integrated Media from Ohio University in 2016, as well as minors in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Museum Studies. Utilizing traditional and alternative photographic processes, Dillow’s studio practice explores connecting and dividing lines between religion, the occult and Appalachian narratives. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Appalachian region. Currently the Gallery Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Dillow oversees regional, national and international exhibitions, as well as Arrowmont’s Permanent Collection.


Bill Griffith is a studio artist, administrator and educator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He has lectured and taught throughout the U.S. at craft schools, universities and craft guilds. A recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship, Griffith continues to exhibit his work, jury and curate exhibitions nationally.


Gracie Herbert received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics from Miami University of Ohio in 2013. She has spent time making artwork in Florida and Pennsylvania before moving to Gatlinburg, TN. Although Gracie has a strong background in pottery, she is a maker of many things including jewelry and weaving. She is currently the Supply Store Manager at Arrowmont.


September 2020 Instructor Roundtable: SUSTAINABILITY, featuring Jim Arendt, Peter Dellert, Ashton Ludden, and Sonya Philip. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

Arrowmont Staff Roundtable Discussion: ARTISTS <=> ARTS ADMINISTRATORS, featuring Rebecca Buglio (Program & Studio Manager/Ceramics), Nick DeFord (Program Director/Fibers), Kelly Hider (Youth Education Program Manager/2D, collage & mixed media), moderated by Deborah Sosower (Marketing & Communications Manager/Printmaker)

August 2020 Instructor Roundtable: STORYTELLING – Bonus footage: Q&A Round Robin featuring Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Moderated by marketing & communications manager Deborah Sosower.

August 2020 Instructor Roundtable: STORYTELLING, featuring Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

July 2020 Instructor Roundtable: IDENTITY, featuring Tanya Crane, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Leslie Pearson and Heinrich Toh. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.


Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Rachael McCampbell, painter

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: David Ellsworth, Master Woodturner

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Gasali Adeyemo, Natural Dye and Fibers artist

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Ceramics artist

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Mark Errol – ceramics artist, educator and gallery owner

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Green Woodworking with Andy McFate and Heather Ashworth

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: John Cogswell, Silversmith

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Erin Anfinson, Encaustic, collage and animation artist

Bill Griffith – Ceramic Artist, 30-year Arrowmont Staff

Arrowmont Craft Conversations – 2 Minute Video Series Introduction


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