Call for entries:

20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition
February 15 – April 23, 2021

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites artists 18 years of age and older living or working in Sevier County, TN, to submit works for consideration for the 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition. SCBJE is a juried, mixed media art exhibition presented by Arrowmont to recognize and foster the skills and talents of artists and makers who call the region of Sevier County home. The exhibition will be viewable to the public by appointment, and online only.


  • Submissions must be hand-delivered between 9am and 6pm on January 13th and 14th, 2021 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.
  • To ensure the safety of our staff and artists, masks MUST be worn by anyone dropping off work.
  • Entries will be dropped off at the entrance gate to campus outside of the Painting Studio. To maintain Covid-19 safety measures, we will be taking work from one person at a time. If you see someone in the process of drop off, please wait until you’re next in line. Please arrive with your submission form completed for a quicker and safer drop off. Download the submission form here.
  • Each submission must have a completed identification label attached to the work, a completed entry form and a $5 fee (per artwork). Up to three pieces may be submitted for the show.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.


  • Artwork drop off: January 13th and 14th, 9am-6pm
  • Jury: January 18 – 22, 2021
  • Jury notification: January 22, 2021
  • Pickup of non-selected works: January 25 – 26, 2021
  • Installation: February 1 – 12, 2021
  • Exhibition on view: February 15 – April 23, 2021
  • Artwork pickup: April 27 – 28, 2021

JUROR: Mary W. Thompson

A second-generation basket weaver and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Mary Thompson expresses her appreciation for her ancestry and culture through her signature woven creations.

The daughter of Geraldine W. Walkingstick and mother to daughter Sarah, Thompson is the link to three generations of basket weavers.

Thompson makes old style baskets and traditional stamped pottery. Over the years, Mary’s work has won numerous awards and ribbons. Mary’s river cane double woven baskets with lids have been commissioned and are on display in the anthropology department at the University of South Alabama, Mobile.

Senator Kay Hagan and country singer Merle Haggard have her art. Her work has been published in the National Basketry Organization’s Tradition and Innovation in Basketry Today Juried and Invitational exhibition All Things Considered, and WNC Mountain Living Magazine. Mary has taught basketry at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Sequoyah Museum in Vonore, TN, and at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mary has served four terms representing the tribal members in the legislative branch of Tribal Government. As a mom, gardener, potter and basket weaver, she continues to volunteer in the community and serves on several national and local boards.

Read Mary’s full bio at


  • All entries must be original in design and made by the artist. Hobby kits and reproductions are not accepted.
  • Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces, at $5 per piece.
  • Entries must have been created within the last two years.
  • Work previously exhibited at Arrowmont will not be accepted.
  • All works must arrive ready to install. 2D works should be framed WITH wire for hanging. DO NOT use sawtooth hangers. 3D work intended for a shelf, pedestal or the floor should be labeled as such and arrive prepare for standing or resting safely in its intended position on a stable base.
  • Entries cannot exceed 8’ in any direction or weigh more than 200 pounds.
  • Works for sale are encouraged, as entries that are not for sale cannot be considered for purchase awards, but sales are not required. Arrowmont takes 25% commission on works sold during the SCBJE.
  • Each entry must have an identification label attached to the base or back of the piece.
  • Arrowmont is not responsible for damage that may occur after the exhibition or for unclaimed entries after pickup deadlines.
  • Submitting artworks for the juror’s consideration indicates an agreement to the terms set forth in this prospectus, but doesn’t guarantee acceptance into the show.


Best of show, second and third place awards will be chosen by the juror. Purchase awards will be selected by sponsors, and scholarships will be awarded by the Arrowmont Scholarship Committee. Arrowmont employees and resident artists are eligible to exhibit and receive purchase awards, but are not eligible to receive scholarships or awards at the juror’s discretion.

  • Best of Show: $500
  • Two Awards of Merit: $250
  • Permanent Collection Purchase Award
  • Sponsor purchase awards


The Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition will be open Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts main campus, studios and library remain closed to the public. Walk-in visits are not available at this time.

  • Reserve a private visit to the gallery by calling 865-436-5860 or email
  • Visits must be scheduled and confirmed at least 24 hours in advance
  • Limit of 4 guests per reservation
  • Guests are asked to enter the Sandra J. Blain Gallery through the side entrance of the main building near Red Barn
  • Visitors are REQUIRED to wear a mask to enter the building
  • Reservations are 45 minutes in length
  • Visitors will not be permitted to enter studios, the library or any other area of campus

Download the submission form here.

Questions? Contact:
Kelsey Dillow
Gallery Manager
865-436-5860 x22


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