Black History Month Artist Spotlight: David Driskell

David Clyde Driskell was one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American Art. Driskell was an artist, art historian and curator who was pivotal in bringing recognition to African-American art and its importance in the broader story of art in the United States and beyond. Driskell was born in 1931 in...
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Arrowmont Instructor Roundtable: Ancient to Contemporary

The heritage of Arrowmont is rooted in an approach to the arts that builds upon traditional arts and crafts. In this Instructor Roundtable discussion, three 2021 instructors share how historic techniques, approaches or concepts inform their creative work. This virtual discussion took place Friday, February 19, 2021.   Featuring: • Alicia Goodwin, jeweler and sculptural...
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Black History Month Artist Spotlight: Aminah Robinson

“I began drawing at the age of three. My father would give me wood to paint on and paint in little enamel tins. My studio was under my bed…I never had any doubt in my mind about being an artist.” – Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was born Brenda Lynn Robinson in...
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ARROWMONT CONNECTIONS: Mason Cooley, furniture maker, has a mission to teach people to make their own bicycles

Mason Cooley designs custom furniture and smaller home goods with his partner, Summer. He also makes bamboo-frame bicycles. However, he has never made a bicycle frame for others – he prefers to teach them how to craft their own. He offers “BAMBOO BICYCLE WORKSHOP” at Arrowmont this fall, October 24-29, 2021. He wrote, “This...
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Black History Month Artist Spotlight: Romare Bearden

“Black art has always existed. It just hasn’t been looked for in the right places.” – Romare Bearden A pioneer of Black art and celebrated collagist, Romare Bearden seamlessly blended images of African-American life in the urban and rural South with references to popular culture, religion, and Classical art and myth. His narratives focused primarily...
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Episode 3: Max Seinfeld

In the second episode, we’re joined by Max Seinfeld, Director of the Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts in Maplecrest, New York.  The conversation with Max took place on June 4, 2020.  We talk about Arrowmont’s Pentaculum program, of which Max is a coordinator, as well as Max’s creative work in both ceramics and drawing...
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Black History Month Artist Spotlight: Selma Burke

“I shaped my destiny early with the clay of North Carolina rivers … I loved to make the whitewash for my mother and was excited at the imprints of the clay and the malleability of the material.” Selma Hortense Burke was fascinated with sculpting by the time she was six years old. Born on December...
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Black History Month Artist Spotlight: William Edmondson

The exact date of William Edmondson‘s birth isn’t known – the family Bible in which his birth year was written was destroyed by fire. But in approximately 1874, William Edmondson was born to Orange and Jane Brown Edmondson, former slaves working as sharecroppers on a plantation in rural Davidson County, Tennessee. One of six children,...
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Joseph Delaney was the younger brother of noted artist, Beauford Delaney. The youngest of 10 children, Joseph was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1904 and grew up in the heart of Knoxville’s “particularly sophisticated and educated black community.” Joseph shared a love of drawing with his elder brother, who both learned to draw on Sunday...
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