The Softest Touch

December 12, 2018 – February 2, 2019 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is proud to showcase The Softest Touch, new works by 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence Sasha Baskin, Alyssa Coffin, Everett Hoffman, Stephanie Wilhelm and Kari Woolsey to mark the midpoint of their residency.

“The energy at Arrowmont is contagious and all consuming. Apart from the time and space to make work, explore ideas, succeed, and fail the people and community around Arrowmont help to make up the life blood of this residency. Through the many thought provoking conversations with other artists and community members my eyes have been opened to new and divergent ways of viewing my work. I am excited to continue thinking about the way place, identity, community, and kinship hold in the objects I create as I forge through the rest of this residency.” – Everett Hoffman

“Having the opportunity to be an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont has been fundamental to my transition out of graduate school and my professional development. I am able to take all the questions and curiosities I have about my work since completing a thesis show and explore them independently in my studio. Arrowmont has also helped expand professional experiences, such as outside exhibitions and visiting artist opportunities. And all I have observed and learned from artists here teaching workshops or demonstrating, I am able to apply in how I organize and navigate my own workshops or artist lectures. I feel fortunate to be a part of Arrowmont, learn from those around me, and contribute to the community as an artist, educator, and friend.” – Stephanie Wilhelm

“The residency so far has consisted of exploring and finding my grounding within place. For being at Arrowmont, that has meant interacting with workshops and engaging with artists in areas of expertise beyond my own. This has allowed me to learn about a multitude of new materials as well as develop new strategies to make my work. For being in this geographical area, grounding has meant hiking extensively in the Smoky Mountain National Park and collaborating with their artists in residence.” – Alyssa Coffin

The Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community environment. Each year, five artists of different media are selected for the eleven-month program, which begins mid-June and continues through late May of the following year.



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