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Figurative Association Symposium 2018

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will host the third Figurative Association Symposium from November 7-10, 2018. In 2010, Arrowmont presented the first symposium, which focused on and featured the figure in ceramics. In 2014, we expanded that focus to include sculpture in all media. Now, in 2018, we are welcoming all disciplines to the symposium – including 2-D, 3-D and expanded media.

The symposium will be an event with many parts. At the core, 2018 will feature ten presenters – Jessica Calderwood, Michael Dixon, Judy Fox, Richard W. James, Curt LaCross, Stephanie Metz, LJ Roberts, Claire Stigliani, Kensuke Yamada, and Sunkoo Yuh. These ten artists, working from ceramics to embroidery, painting to enamels, will provide lectures and demonstrations across two full days. Before those days, however, the event kicks off on Wednesday with an opening reception to the 2018 Figurative Association Exhibition featuring work from all of the presenters, plus selected invited artists as well as our New Forms: Juried Student Exhibition. Beth Cavener will give the keynote opening address after the reception! In addition to the demonstrations and exhibitions, the event will also have panel discussions, additional lectures from guest speakers and rapid fire Quick Sketch presentations which allow for artists and makers to present their work and research.

Finally, as Bill Griffith, founder of the first Figurative Association conference, has noted about the event: “Some of the most meaningful experiences at the symposiums come in conversations during meals and happen in the exchanges among participants. The demonstrations and panel discussions provide information and inspiration, offering opportunities to better understand intent, content and technique from those artists working in different media. The consideration of the human figure provides a focus, but with unlimited possibilities for exploration and interpretation. My hope is that those in attendance will make more than connections – and they will connect, will do more than “network” – they will share, even when sharing is about more than agreeing.”

Registration Opens May 1, 2018 at 8:30am EST.
Call 865.436.5860 to register.

Registration Fee……..$415.00
(incl. meals – 3 meals Thur/Fri-Sat. brkfst & lunch)

Choice of Accommodations

Single PB____________$241
Double PB___________$189
Cottage Single________$196
Cottage Double_______$159
Cottage Triple________$136
Barn Double_________$121
Barn Triple___________$106
Barn Dorm___________$99

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2018 Figurative Association Exhibition

October 20, 2018 – January 12, 2019 – Sandra Blain Gallery
Reception: November 7, 2018 for Figurative Association Symposium attendees only

New Forms: Juried Student Exhibition

October 27 – December 8, 2018 – Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Reception: November 7, 2018

Juror for New Forms: Beth Cavener. Currently a full-time professional studio artist working in the state of Montana, Cavener received her BA in sculpture from Haverford College and her MFA from Ohio State University. She was awarded the Artist Trust Fellowship in 2009, the Jean Griffith Foundation Fellowship in 2006, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant and an Individual Artist Fellowship in 2004. She has also been an Artist-in- Residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She has exhibited nationally at institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum, and internationally. She has also taught various workshops across the country. She is currently represented by Clark + DelVecchio in Santa Fe, NM.


Jessica Calderwood, Michael Dixon, Judy Fox, Richard W. James, Curt Lacross, Stephanie Metz, Lj Roberts, Claire Stigliani, Kensuke Yamada, Sunkoo Yuh

Keynote Speaker

Beth Cavener

For more information, call 865.436.5860

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