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2021 Press Releases

43rd Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair: Come Celebrate Craft in the Park!

NASHVILLE, TN (September 23, 2021)—Tennessee Craft presents the 43rd Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, October 8, 9 and 10, in Nashville’s iconic Centennial Park. Artists from across the nation will exhibit their handmade craft on the Great Lawn adjacent to the Parthenon, showcasing fine craft from clay, jewelry and leather to wood, glass, painting and more. CLICK HERE to read the full release.

50th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair Awards Best of Show and Merit Awards Presented to Artists

NASHVILLE, TN (May 13, 2021)— Tennessee Craft announces the 50th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair Awards, presented Saturday, May 8. Every spring, Tennessee Craft presents awards to select exhibitors in recognition of their fine work. These awards fulfill the mission of Tennessee Craft to create opportunities for independent craft artists to thrive through talent growth, professional development, and unique exhibition events.

Guest Juror Curtis Benzle of Huntsville, AL awarded top honors (below) and says, “After the ‘COVID art festival void,’ I had no idea what to expect from the Tennessee Craft Spring Fair. There could have easily have been twice the number of awards based on the quality of artwork on display. Congratulations and thanks to Tennessee Craft for overcoming the challenges and delighting us all, once again, with wonderful art and artists.” CLICK HERE to read the full release.

50th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair: Premier Regional Fair Returns May 7-9, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN (April 29, 2021)— The Tennessee Craft Spring Fair returns to Centennial Park in Nashville May 7, 8, and 9, 2021. After canceling both of its 2020 fairs, Tennessee Craft welcomes back more than 150 artists to the largest craft fair of its caliber in the region. Nationally acclaimed artists from Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia will showcase their work.

Metro Parks’ recent renovation and reopening of the Great Lawn in front of the Parthenon offers a larger site for a socially distanced fair, with artists’ booths spaced out more than usual, masks encouraged in close company, and all activities outdoors, rain or shine. Metro Public Health Department will be on site Saturday and Sunday during the fair to offer information and single-dose vaccinations for COVID-19. CLICK HERE to read the full release.

Call for Entries: Best of Tennessee Craft 2021 Exhibition Showcasing the Finest Contemporary and Traditional Craft

NASHVILLE, TN (March 23, 2021)— Tennessee Craft seeks entries for the 2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Exhibition, a biennial event designed to highlight craft artists producing the most diverse, highest quality craft pieces available in Tennessee.

Presented by Tennessee Craft – the state’s largest, most visible, and most respected craft artist organization – and hosted by the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, this exhibit elevates and celebrates contemporary and traditional craft found throughout Tennessee, while encouraging a high standard of excellence and design among Tennessee craft artists.

The exhibition will be on view at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville October 29, 2021 through Sunday, February 20, 2022. Visitors can expect to see such craft as traditional Appalachian-inspired furniture, textiles incorporating modern materials and time-honored techniques, and extraordinary turned pieces using found wood. The guest juror will select works for the exhibition from submitted entries and the award winners. Best of Show Award is a $1,500 cash award. Additionally, we will be exploring the diverse and rich history of craft in Tennessee through public programs at the Museum. CLICK HERE to read the full release.

Tennessee Craft Announces New Governing Board Members

NASHVILLE, TN (February 24, 2021)— Tennessee Craft is pleased to announce eight new additions to the Governing Board for 2021 who will serve a two-year term. Governing Board President Linda M. Nutt says, “Tennessee Craft welcomes new members of the 2021 Governing Board who reflect a love of handmade craft and broad appreciation and knowledge of art.” These new members come to their leadership from across the state and represent a wide range of backgrounds and professional experience. Executive Director Kim McCurdy Waag says, “Tennessee Craft staff and statewide chapter members are honored to have the opportunity to work under the volunteer leadership of our newest board members. They truly complement our stellar Governing Board, and we thank them for their commitment and sharing of their time and insights in advancing the arts.” CLICK HERE to read the full release.

Grant Awarded to Tennessee Craft by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN (January 27, 2020)—Tennessee Craft is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide hands-on arts activities to children and families at our free community Kids’ Tent during the 2021 spring and fall Tennessee Craft fairs. Kim Waag, Executive Director, says, “We are truly grateful to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for their interest and support in funding our reach to the next generation of artists, art educators and art enthusiasts, connecting them with our vibrant arts community and partners, providing creative awareness and instilling the love of craft. The Kids’ Tent is a whole family experience that is vital to the soul, especially during these times.” CLICK HERE to read the full release.


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