Call for entries:

Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices

Nature and Neon Exhibition, 2018. Photo by Robert Batey

Exhibition Dates: August 24 – December 14, 2019
Reception: October 18, 2019

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites artists 18 to 35 years of age to submit portfolios for consideration for the National Juried Exhibition, Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices. Submissions will be accepted via SlideRoom from March 20 – June 5, 2019.

Click here to submit via SlideRoom.

Exhibition Description:
Artists and makers are consistently seeking innovative approaches to traditional craft practices; creating work that is historically conscious, while resonating with newer audiences, younger makers and current issues. It is important now more than ever to examine our histories with a fresh lens in order to forge new paths and make room for new voices and perspectives, while recognizing the significance of those histories.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is seeking artists who are bridging the gap between the traditional and contemporary. Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices aims to recognize artists less than 35 years of age who are making significant strides in their craft in bold and diverse ways.

Artists between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to submit a small sample portfolio of their work created within the last two years. Preference will be given to work that is related to traditional craft practices, but all media will be considered.


Ariel Zaccheo is a curator and writer working in San Francisco. After receiving her MFA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013, she began working with the Museum of Craft and Design in the role of Assistant Curator. She has been the co-curator for Artists Television Access Window Gallery for the past six years. In 2018, she juried “Ingenuity”, an exhibition at the Marin Society of Artists Gallery, and her writing was published in Surface Design Journal and Art Practical. Her ongoing research interests include radical craft practices and community, medium-specificity and queer/feminist studies.

Jovencio de la Paz received a Master of Fine Art in Fibers from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (2012) and a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis on Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008). He has exhibited work in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado; Ditch Projects, Springfield, OR; The Art Gym, Marylhusrt, OR; ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; Casey Droege Cultural Productions, Pittsburgh, PA; The Alice, Seattle, WA; Carl & Sloan Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; 4th Ward Projects, Chicago, IL; SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH; SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Uri Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, among others. He regularly teaches at schools of art, craft, and design throughout the country, such as the Ox Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine, and the Arrowmont School of Craft in Tennessee. He is also a co-founder of the collaborative group Craft Mystery Cult, established in 2010.

Jessica Todd received a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling under Kathleen Browne from Kent State in 2014, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in Metal Art and Technology under James Thurman from Penn State in 2008. In 2008-09 she earned a Diploma of Hispanic Studies from the University of Barcelona. Jessica received a Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Educational Endowment Scholarship in 2013, and has exhibited work and taught workshops locally and nationally. Publications include Cast: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process (Schiffer Publishing), Humor in Craft (Schiffer Publishing), and Fabric Printing at Home (Quarry Books). She currently serves on the Conference Program Committee and 50th Anniversary Committee for SNAG. Jessica is the Residency Manager for the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL. The residency is a program of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and serves over 70 artists from around the country and world to live and work for five weeks at the former home and studio of the late artist Robert Rauschenberg. Jessica is passionate about building the creative infrastructures that support artists and arts organizations.

Any emerging artist between the ages of 18 and 35 may apply. All media will be considered, including book arts, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, wood, mixed media, video and installations. Artists should submit a small, cohesive portfolio of work consisting of 5-10 pieces, all of which would be available for exhibit throughout the duration of the exhibition’s timeframe. 35 artists will be accepted into the exhibition, and invited to send pieces based on the juror’s selections. All artworks must have been completed in the last two years. If a piece contains an electronic component, the artist must indicate if they can provide the necessary technological equipment for installation.

All entries must be submitted to SlideRoom ( by midnight on June 5, 2019. The entry fee is $30 for 5-10 works. Image files must be a .JPG format. Video stills may be submitted for video, please include the video link within the description. Click here to submit via SlideRoom.

Invitation to teach a 2021 National Workshop at Arrowmont
2020 National Workshop Scholarship awards
Arrowmont Permanent Collection Purchase Award
Pentaculum Scholarship award

Artworks may or may not be for sale throughout the duration of the exhibition. Arrowmont takes 40% commission on all sold works in the galleries. Artwork that is not for sale must be labeled NFS on the exhibition agreement. Payment for sold work to the artist will be made after the exhibition’s closing date. All sold works must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Submissions due via SlideRoom———————————————June 5, 2019 at midnight
Notifications sent via email——————————————————————July 1, 2019
Artist exhibition agreement due————————————————————July 15, 2019
Shipped & hand delivered pieces due to Arrowmont——————————-August 9, 2019
Reception & awards——————————————————————–October 18, 2019
Exhibition on view—————————————————August 24 – December 14, 2019
Pickup for hand delivered works——————————————–December 17 – 19, 2019
Package and ship mailed works—————————————————January 6 – 10, 2020

Installation Specifications:
All work must arrive READY TO HANG. Any unusual hardware or specific hanging devices must be provided by the artist. Framed work must be wired on the back, NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS. All shipping containers must fit through an 82” high x 55” wide doorway.

Accepted artworks will be insured by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts throughout the duration of the exhibition. The artist will be responsible for insuring the artwork during delivery and shipping.

Shipping to Arrowmont is the responsibility of the artist. Arrowmont will cover return shipping UP TO $100 per artist. Any amount that exceeds $100 is the responsibility of the artist. Artworks must be securely packed in reusable containers with reusable packing materials. Works will be returned to the artist as they were received. Artist must include any packing, shipping and/or installation instructions needed for the safe handling and return of your work.

Arrowmont reserves the right to utilize images of accepted work for publicity purposes.

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


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