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Best of Tennessee Craft

Best of Tennessee Craft

The Best of Tennessee Craft 2021 Biennial will be presented at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, October 29, 2021—February 20, 2022. Jurors Peter Baldaia and Annabeth Hayes have selected the artwork for this exhibition, and we are excited to share these 75 remarkable craft artworks, ranging from traditional forms to cutting-edge conceptual pieces, representing artists from Memphis to Johnson City.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming announcements on special programming during this exhibition that celebrates the quality and diversity of craft art in Tennessee, and check out the Tennessee State Museum’s exhibition page for more information.

2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Exhibiting Artists

Beizar Aradini, Nashville—Fiber/Textile
Chris Armstrong, Nashville—Fiber/Textile
Elizabeth Barthel, Franklin—Jewelry
Roberta Bell, Nashville—Mixed Media
Cindy Billingsley, Cookeville—Sculpture
Lindsay Bodanza Dawley, Loudon—Wood
Jeanne W. Brady, Smithville—Fiber/Textile
Judy Brater, Knoxville—Clay
Curtiss Brock, Smithville—Glass
Jeff Brockett, Mt. Juliet—Wood
Ben Caldwell, Nashville—Metal
Rick Cannon, Memphis—Wood
Martha Christian, Nashville—Fiber/Textile
Bill & Tina Collison, Unicoi—Wood
Louis Colombarini, Dowelltown—Sculpture
Judith Condon, Sewanee—Sculpture
Travis E. Curtis, Whites Creek—Wood
Laurie Davis, Nashville—Mixed Media
Rima Day, Thompson’s Station—Fiber/Textile
Audry Deal-McEver, Nashville—Clay
John Donovan, Nashville—Clay
Richard Dwyer, Gray—Wood
Eliza Frensley, Nashville—Printmaking
Mindy Herrin-Lewis, Johnson City—Jewelry
Sherri Warner Hunter, Bell Buckle—Sculpture
Stephen Hutchins, Joelton—Sculpture
John Jordan, Cane Ridge—Wood
Ulrika Leander, Norris—Fiber/Textile
Simon Levy, Ashland City—Wood
JoEl Levy LoGiudice, Ashland City—Fiber/Textile

John C. Lucas, Sparta—Wood
Alisa Martin, Madison—Jewelry
Asia Mathis, Nashville—Clay
Marty McConnaughey, Sharps Chapel—Basketry
Keavy Murphree, Nashville—Clay
Monya Nikahd, Watertown—Fiber/Textile
Abraham Pardee, Sparta—Sculpture
Carrie Anne Parks, Chattanooga—Clay
Lesley Patterson-Marx, Nashville—Fiber/Textile, Mixed Media
Jin Powell, Memphis—Sculpture
Tom Rice, Franklin—Sculpture
Mary Ruden, Seymour—Sculpture
Jennifer Sargent, Memphis—Fiber/Textile
Brooke Elena Schneider, Nashville—Clay
Ashley Seay, Nashville—Sculpture
Felicitas Sloves, Memphis—Fiber/Textile
Tim & Nancy Startup, Nashville—Sculpture
Sarah Stobbe, Arlington—Clay
Hanna Traynham, Johnson City—Clay
Vickie Vipperman, Kingston Springs—Fiber/Textile
Sadie Wang, Baxter—Jewelry
Kimberly Winkle, Cookeville—Wood
Will Winton, Sewanee—Sculpture
Rena Wood, Cookeville—Fiber/Textile
Ronald E. Young, Chattanooga—Wood
Becky Ziemer, Memphis—Clay

2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Awards Sponsor

Laura Anne Turner

2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Collectors’ Circle

Teri and Jose Alea
Margie and Tim Arnold
Rick and Kay Cannon
Maggie and Brad Fansher
Talbott and John Grimm (The Copper Fox Gallery)
Harry ‘Wis’ Laughlin
Simon Levy and JoEl Levy LoGiudice
Jane Ann and Chan McCullough
Pat Moody
April and Bill Mullins
Linda M. and Craig L. Nutt
Roy Overcast and Ralph DiPalma
Kim and Fred Waag
Regine Webster and Todd Fryling
Jennifer and Nathan Weinberg
Steve Wylie and Holly Tucker

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Support the Best of Tennessee Craft

Would you like to recognize the finest Tennessee Craft art as a sponsor, reaching audiences from across the Volunteer State and beyond at the world-class Tennessee State Museum? Contact Bonnie Matthews, Director of Development, for more information and to discuss the unique opportunities available this fall.

Individual patrons and fans of contemporary craft art are invited to join the Best of Tennessee Craft Collectors’ Circle. Circle members will enjoy:

    • Private collectors-only tour of exhibition before the Opening Reception with Guest Juror Peter Baldaia
    • Invitations for two to Opening Reception & Awards on October 29, at 5:00 p.m., with artists, jurors, and leaders from across the state at the Tennessee State Museum (1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN)
    • Name included on wall text of exhibition at Tennessee State Museum
    • Public recognition in virtual program and printed Annual Report as member of Collectors’ Circle
    • Invitations for two to casual Closing Celebration honoring Best of Tennessee Craft award winner

Collectors’ Circle sponsorships are $250 per household (includes benefits valued at $100 for potential tax deduction of $150). Payment may be made via credit card below, or checks may be sent to Tennessee Craft, PO Box 120066, Nashville, TN 37212-0066. The deadline to receive full benefits is September 10, 2021.

Best of Tennessee Craft: Information for Exhibiting Artists

The 2021 Best of Tennessee Craft exhibit showcases fine craft of Tennessee, providing public visibility and recognition for the quality and diversity of craft found throughout the state. This juried exhibition will present cash awards including $1,500 Best of Show.


June 1, 2021 11:59 pm: Deadline for receipt of entries
July 1, 2021: Notification of selection
September 1—September 15, 2021: Receipt of selected work at the Tennessee State Museum
October 29, 2021—February 20, 2022: Exhibition open to public; reception by invitation only
March 1—March 15, 2022: Artwork pickup by appointment. Work may be returned to artist by the Tennessee State Museum, using artist-provided pre-paid shipping labels or may be picked up in person.

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