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46th ANNUAL SPRING TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR

Nashville’s Community Celebration of Craft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2017) – Join Nashville’s community celebration of craft at the 46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair on the lawn of Centennial Park May 5, 6 & 7. We invite the public to make this summer’s weddings, graduations, birthdays and holidays special by selecting unique handmade gifts from local artists. Support our local economy, learn about fine craft, and connect with the Nashville community. Seventy-five percent of the 205 craft artists selected by our esteemed jury are representing our home state of Tennessee. Don’t miss these artists while they are all together at this iconic Nashville spring event! Click to read the complete release.

Call for Artists – 46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 25, 2017) – Local and regional makers are invited to submit their artwork for 46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair by February 15, 2017. Nearly 200 of the region’s finest craft artists will come together on the lawn in Centennial Park May 5, 6 and 7, for the juried show. This flagship event in high traffic midtown attracts approximately 45,000 visitors and is the largest high-quality craft fair in the region. The Tennessee Craft Fair serves as an opportunity for artists to showcase their work for retail sales and connect to the community by demonstrating and sharing their craft knowledge and inspiring future generations of craft artists and collectors. Click to read complete release

Make Your Art. Make It Work. Crafting a Brand That Sells. Artists Get Professionally Fit for 2017!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2017) – Artists ready to make 2017 even more successful for their business are invited to Tennessee Craft’s annual professional development workshop, Make Your Art. Make It Work. Crafting a Brand That Sells. The workshop will be held on January 28 from 9am-5:30pm and January 29 from 9am-12pm and is hosted and co-sponsored by Watkins College of Art in Nashville. Professionals in the field will share emerging trends and best practices in marketing, branding, and sales. Artist-entrepreneurs have the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and learn from their experience. Click to read complete release

Make Your Art. Make It Work. Crafting a Brand That Sells.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2016) – Tennessee Craft is pleased to announce Make Your Art. Make It Work. Crafting a Brand That Sells, an annual professional development workshop to help artists grow their business. The workshop will be held on January 28 from 9am-5:30pm and January 29 from 9am-12pm and is hosted and co-sponsored by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville. Independent makers are responsible for the creation of one-of-a-kind products plus the finances, marketing and sales of their business. Tennessee Craft’s workshops bring professionals together to share emerging trends and best practices on the most important topics artists want. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Week Sweeps American Craft Week National Awards
Five Tennessee Craft Week Events Honored

NASHVILLE, TN (November 3, 2016) Tennessee Craft received five American Craft Week STAR AWARDS during its second year of Tennessee Craft Week (TCW). Led by the Honorary Chairman Gene Johnson, a member of the GRAMMY Award winning band Diamond Rio, this year’s celebration doubled the number of events held in 2015. Click to read complete release

38th ANNUAL FALL TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR
An Enduring Nashville Tradition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Even as Nashville rapidly grows and changes, the Tennessee Craft Fairs remain an enduring tradition. Excite your senses with new American handmade fine craft from juried and award-winning artists nationwide. Experience the 38th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair on the lawn of Centennial Park September 23, 24 and 25Click to read complete release

Gene Johnson Announced as Tennessee Craft Week Honorary Chairman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2016) – Tennessee Craft is delighted to announce Gene Johnson as the 2016 Honorary Chairman for Tennessee Craft Week. A member of the GRAMMY Award winning band Diamond Rio, Johnson loves the forest and has a wonderful talent in carpentry, along with a passionate hobby of collecting old tools and old instruments. He is scheduled to visit TCW events in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville during the October celebration. Click to read complete release

Celebrate the finest craft Tennessee has to offer and Find Out Who Wins Best of Show!

Nashville, Tenn. (August 17, 2016) – The public is invited to celebrate the finest craft Tennessee has to offer at The Best of Tennessee Craft awards presentation and reception on August 27 from 4-6pm EST at the Reece Museum on the East Tennessee State University campus in Johnson City, Tennessee. The exhibition will open at the museum on August 22 and run until December 2, 2016. The Reece Museum will offer special Saturday hours for this exhibition from 11am – 3pm on September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22 and November 12. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Artist Mary Hamby Selected as
Top “30 under 30” Craft Artist

Nashville, Tenn. (August 16, 2016)- Chattanooga resident and Tennessee Craft member Mary Hamby, is recognized as one of the nation’s top fine craft artists by American Craft Week — in its “Rising Stars competition” of artists under thirty. The “Rising Stars Competition” brings attention to the exceptional work of young craft artists. Open nominations were held earlier in the year and the ACW National Committee juried the entries for their excellence in design and skill level; impressive body of work; strong commitment to craftsmanship; work exhibited and/or offered for sale to the public; and a commitment to community and social values. Click to read complete release

July is a Hot Month for Artist Opportunities!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2016) – Tennessee Craft has three big deadlines coming up in July for artists! The Best of Tennessee Craft, Tennessee Craft Week and the 38th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair are great opportunities for artists to show and sell their work while connecting with the community. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Supports Artists with more than $44K in 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2016) – This year, the nonprofit Tennessee Craft will award artists more than forty-four thousand dollars in awards, honoraria and scholarships to develop their craft and business acumen. Doing so fulfills Tennessee Craft’s mission to connect makers with resources and opportunities so they can continue and create the fine craft tradition. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Week October 7 – 16, 2016
Experience Craft Artist Demonstrations In All Tennessee Welcome Centers

Nashville, TN. (June 1, 2016) Tennessee Craft will partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development during the 2016 Tennessee Craft Week. All fourteen Tennessee Welcome Centers will be hosting craft demonstrations with talented craft artists sharing their creative process and skills with visitors across the great state of Tennessee. More than 13 million people visit the Tennessee Welcome Centers annually. The public is invited to stop at a Tennessee Welcome Center during the week of October 7-16, to experience a piece of Americana that is “Made in Tennessee!” Click to read complete release

Mother and Daughter Craft Making Pair Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at the 45th ANNUAL SPRING TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 21, 2016) – This year, the 45th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair falls on Mother’s Day weekend (May 6-8). Jessica Weiss plans to spend the weekend with her mom, Debby Weiss, in booth A54 selling their one-of-a-kind handmade leather bags alongside Jessica’s established jewelry line. When asked what the most important aspect of their work together is, Jessica says, “That is easy. The most important thing is our relationship. Working together has brought us closer than I could have imagined. We laugh a lot, argue a lot and have a lot of fun!”  Click to read complete release

Make Your Art, Then Make It Work: A Maker Forum for Sharpening Your Business Skills on March 19-20

NASHVILLE, Tenn (March 3, 2016) Artist-entrepreneurs ready to skillfully take their business to the next level are invited to participate in Tennessee Craft’s professional development workshop March 19-20, 2016. Distinguished panelists from across the state will converge in Nashville to share their experience and knowledge about sales, marketing, public art opportunities and art events. Sunday’s critique panel will allow artists to get feedback on how to advance their work from different professional perspectives. Make Your Art, Then Make It Work: A Maker Forum for Sharpening Your Business Skills is hosted and co-sponsored by Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville, Tenn. The forum price includes complimentary lunch and a networking party at Wilder, a design shop and art space in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Emerging Makers Gain Valuable Skills From Mentors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 16, 2016) – Three emerging Tennessee artists are making the most of their opportunity to work as an apprentice under highly skilled master artists in Tennessee Craft’s Master Artist Apprentice Program. Now in its seventh year, the Master Artist Apprentice Program produces time-honored and innovative results from a partnership between Tennessee Craft (formerly TACA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The program is designed to carefully select and reward three artist pairs with a grant to ensure craft art is not lost in Tennessee. By connecting emerging and experienced makers with resources and opportunities that continue Tennessee’s fine craft tradition, Tennessee Craft accomplishes their mission and artists make their mark on our state’s handmade legacy. Click to read complete release

Calling Local and Regional Makers to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2016) – Local and regional makers are invited to submit their artwork for 45th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair by February 15, 2016. Nearly 200 of the region’s finest craft artists will come together on the lawn in Centennial Park on Mother’s Day Weekend, May  6, 7 and 8, for the juried show. Attracting approximately 45,000 visitors and earning $1 million in exhibitor sales annually, the Tennessee Craft Fair is the premier outdoor arts event in Middle Tennessee. Click to read complete release

Make Your Art, Then Make It Work: A Maker Forum for Sharpening Your Business Skills

NASHVILLE, TN. (December 15, 2015) Artist-entrepreneurs eager to take their business to the next level are invited to join Tennessee Craft for a day-and-a-half workshop on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. Make Your Art, Then Make It Work: A Maker Forum for Sharpening Your Business Skills is hosted and co-sponsored by Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville, TN. Artists will learn from four panels of esteemed experts about sales, marketing, public art opportunities and art events. The forum includes a complimentary lunch and a networking party to follow the day’s events. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Week Wins National Award

NASHVILLE, TN (November 11, 2015) Tennessee Craft Week takes top honors with the American Craft Week’s 2015 Star Award, in the category of Top Event, for its statewide craft demonstrations. All 14 Tennessee Welcome Centers and the Nashville International Airport hosted craft demonstration events, providing opportunities for local artists to show how they create their craft and encouraging visitors to experience and appreciate the rich traditions of Tennessee craft. Click to read complete release

Master Artist Apprentice Program Exhibiting in Nashville and Knoxville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 20, 2015) – For the seventh year, the Tennessee Arts Commission, in partnership with Tennessee Craft, is offering a paid opportunity for emerging craft makers to learn traditional and contemporary craft skills from master-level craftsmen. The Tennessee Arts Commission is currently exhibiting the 2015 Master Artist Apprentice Program Artists until November 14. Master Scott DeWaard (Walland) and Apprentice Stephen Shankles (Maryville) will also be showing work they created while in the Master Artist Apprentice Program at the 18th Master Woodworkers Show presented by the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild and the Arts & Culture Alliance, November 6-8, at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Partners with Tennessee Department of Tourism
Craft Artists Demonstrate at Tennessee Welcome Centers across the State, October 2-11

NASHVILLE, TN (September 29, 2015) Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Tennessee Craft partners with the Tennessee Department of Tourism to celebrate a new tradition, Tennessee Craft Week, with craft artist demonstrations across the state of Tennessee, October 2-11. The public is invited to visit Tennessee Welcome Centers and support the craft artists from their communities. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development encourages tourists to take a moment from their travels, experience the rich tradition of crafts, and realize why Tennessee is known as “The Soundtrack of America – Made in Tennessee.” Click to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Week Debuts October 2 – 11, 2015
Statewide Initiative Spotlights Local Craft Artists and Events

NASHVILLE, TN (September 15, 2015) Tennessee Craft, marking its 50th Anniversary, is celebrating our state’s makers with a new tradition – Tennessee Craft Week, October 2-11. The public is invited to support and celebrate the craft artists of this state. Click to read complete release

37th ANNUAL FALL TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR Presented by CAT Financial
A tradition flourishes as Nashville transforms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 14, 2015) – Over 200 of the finest craft artists from across the country will converge on the lawn of Nashville’s Centennial Park September 25-27 for the 37th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, attracting 40-50,000 new and long-time citizens plus tourists from Boston to Houston and beyond.

Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. The juried Spring and Fall Craft Fairs are a Nashville tradition that continues to flourish as the city undergoes exciting transformations. Visitors can explore a collection of uncommon, handcrafted artwork Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. People enjoy browsing and purchasing the variety of functional and decorative pieces in clay, wood, glass, and fiber. Click to read complete release

Win A Tennessee Craft Weekend Extravaganza
Contest to promote Tennessee Craft Artists and Events, August 11-31

NASHVILLE, TN (August 11, 2015) Tennessee Craft offers an exciting contest, Tennessee Craft Weekend Extravaganza, to promote and celebrate Tennessee craft artists and events across the state. The public is invited to participate in this enter-to-win contest August 11-31, 2015 and participate in Tennessee Craft Week, October 2-11. View a full list of events at TennesseeCraft.org’s event page for Tennessee Craft Week, AmericanCraftWeek.com and TNvacation.com.  Click here to read complete release

MAAP Applications Open Now!

Nashville, Tenn. (August 3, 2015) —  Tennessee Craft (formerly TACA), in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, is offering an opportunity for emerging makers to learn traditional and contemporary craft skills from master-level craftsmen. Click here to read complete release

Tennessee Craft Week Debuts October 2 – 11, 2015
Statewide Initiative Spotlights Local Craft Artists and Events

NASHVILLE, TN (June 11, 2015) – Traditional craft epitomizes the ultimate “DIY” mentality, which emerged as settlers moved across the state and made what they needed for everyday life. Today’s “Maker Movement” builds on that history, applying a new vocabulary to traditional craft skills, and often up-cycling raw or second-hand materials. Click to read complete release

44th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair This Weekend
Local Makers Gathering in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (April 28, 2015) — Nearly 200 of the region’s finest craft artists will come together in Centennial Park May 1, 2 and 3 for the 44th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair. As Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015, this Nashville tradition endures as the premiere connecting point between artists and shoppers in Middle Tennessee.
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Helping Artists Create a Successful Business

Nashville, Tenn. (January 21, 2015)— Artists ready to focus on the necessities of running a successful craft business are invited to join Tennessee Craft for a day-and-a-half long workshop to learn more about the entrepreneurial tools of the trade. Click to read complete release

Master Artists Prepare to Pass Down Tradition

Nashville, Tenn. (December 1, 2014) — Tennessee craft masters, Chery Cratty, Scott DeWaard and Claudia Lee will mentor rising stars during a combined 580 hours of one-on-one instruction in 2015. These artists, recently selected for the Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP), possess significant skills and creative aptitude that will live on in the hands of their apprentices. Click to read complete release

Master Artist / Apprentice Program Applications Now Open

Nashville, Tenn. (August 27, 2014) — Now entering its sixth year, the 2014-2015 Master Artist/Apprentice Program opens the door for emerging artists to take their craft to the next level using relevant and alternative educational experiences. During a six month, one-on-one mentorship, designed by the master and apprentice, MAAP ensures that the skills and knowledge needed to continue our state’s craft heritage live on. Click to read complete release

Handmade Craft Coming to Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (September 15, 2014) — More than 200 of the best craft artists from around the country will gather in Nashville’s Centennial Park September 26-28 for the 36th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair (formerly the TACA Craft Fair). Visitors will find one-of-a-kind traditional and contemporary pieces handcrafted from clay, wood, glass, metal and more, while also enjoying the experience of interacting with the makers. Click to read complete release

Fall Fair Call for Entries
Applications close July 15 at midnight

Nashville, Tenn. (June 12, 2014) — Approximately 200 emerging and experienced makers from across the nation will exhibit unique, handcrafted goods at the 36th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair September 26, 27 and 28 in Centennial Park. Click to read complete release.

43rd Annual Spring Craft Fair Award Winners
Nine artists receive recognition at Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

Nashville, Tenn. (June 3, 2014) —  Nine artists received recognition for their work at the 43rd Annual Spring Tennessee Craft (formerly TACA) Fair, held May 2-4. As a juried craft fair, artists’ work is judged based on design, originality and execution.

“Selling your art is a result of your hard work,” award winner Shadow May said, “but being awarded by jurors for your work is validation to keep making you art.” Click to read complete release.

LOCAL MAKERS SHOWCASED AT SPRING CRAFT FAIR
Nearly 200 artists to gather in Centennial Park for the 43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair May 2nd, 3rd & 4th

Nashville, Tenn. (April 9, 2014) —  More than 190 regional artists will display and sell one-of-a-kind, handcrafted work at the 43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair held in Nashville’s Centennial Park on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Tennessee Craft, formerly known as the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA), hosts two juried events each year to fulfill its mission to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition.

As this ever-anticipated event approaches, emerging and veteran makers busy their hands, creating exceptional works of art for fairgoers. Attendees will move their feet to visit each artist booth in search of unique treasures from the area’s top artists. The functional and decorative work ranges from traditional to contemporary and represents a variety of media including clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood and more. Click to read complete release.

HELPING ARTISTS GROW CREATIVE BUSINESSES
Makers to attend day-and-a-half long event to build relationships, market artwork and increase sales

Nashville, Tenn. (February 5, 2014) — The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) – Soon to be Tennessee Craft will host day-and-a-half long workshop on the art of building relationships to reach new customers.  Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund of the Art Business Institute in Nashville will present Connect to Your Customer on March 1 and 2 at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film.

Edlund is thrilled to bring this workshop experience to craft artists in Tennessee. “For the past 16 years, The Arts Business Institute has provided practical training to artists who want to launch and grow successful businesses. Edmund shares, “Many of our grads are working full-time in their dream jobs today.” Click to download complete release.

MASTER MAKERS PASS THE TORCH
Experienced craft artists mentor emerging artists to carry on Tennessee traditions

Nashville, Tenn. (December 16, 2013) —Tennessee craft masters, Nancy Cooley, Scott Hodes and Timothy Weber, will mentor rising stars during 360 hours of one-on-one instruction in 2014. These artists, recently selected for the Master Artist/Apprentice Program (MAAP), possess significant skills and creative aptitude that will live on in the hands of their apprentices. MAAP updates the traditional master/apprentice relationship, by rewarding selected artists with a grant to ensure craft art is not lost in Tennessee. The time-honored, yet innovative initiative results from a partnership between the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). In total, MAAP participants will receive $12,000 to continue and contribute to Tennessee’s handmade legacy. Click to download the full release.

MEDIA ALERT: TACA FALL CRAFT FAIR THIS WEEKEND (SEPTEMBER 27, 28 & 29, 2013)

Presented by the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists in Centennial Park
Release For Media: September 23, 2013

  • WHAT: 211 artists from across the United States will welcome 50,000 visitors to Centennial Park for the 35th Annual TACA Fall Craft Fair presented by the Nissan LEAF September 27 -29. This three day event invites fairgoers to experience craft from its creation to finished, handmade product. Media such as wood, clay, glass, weaving and papermaking will be on display and available for purchase. Demonstrators will be onsite making fine craft for all to see. Children and parents will find hands-on activities for children in the Kid’s Tent where community partners from the mid-state area provide engaging craft projects for kids of all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
  • WHO: The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) is a statewide, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1965, TACA is dedicated to encouraging, developing and promoting crafts and craftspeople in Tennessee. Through their Craft Fairs, TACA works to introduce the residents of Tennessee to the art of fine craft, increasing public understanding and appreciation of craft, while raising the standard of excellence and providing a forum for creative and personal expression for artists. For more information, visit www.tennesseecraft.org.
  • WHEN: September 27, 28 & 29, 2013 beginning at 10 a.m. each day, continuing until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • WHERE: Join us in Centennial Park, Nashville, TN on the lawn in front of the Parthenon.
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