Presenting Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts at the Folk Art Center

by Millie Davis

January 12, 2024

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The Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in latest exhibit at the Folk Art Center

Location: Folk Art Center | Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, East Asheville, NC
Hours: Open Daily 10 am-5 pm
Admission: Free
Main Gallery Exhibit: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
January 27-May 1, 2024

828-298-7928 (Folk Art Center)
[email protected] (Folk Art Center)

Asheville, NC- The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its first main gallery exhibition of 2024 with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Arrowmont), an Education Center of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 1960. Featured in this exhibit are Arrowmont’s nationally and internationally recognized practicing artists and university workshop instructors. With over 130 classes being offered in a variety of media, students and instructors come to Arrowmont from across the globe to share skills and ideas, foster new thinking, and participate in artistic growth and creative camaraderie.

For over 113 years, the historic campus of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, has been a place of education. The spirit of this heritage permeates the grounds, buildings, and even the mountain air. The early years were about general education in a settlement school setting, but the curriculum was soon added in mountain handicrafts to preserve skills and provide vehicles of livelihood for area residents. In 1945, the signature summer workshop program was launched during a period of revival in craft education and the school was opened to people from all over the United States who traveled to take art classes in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Sixty-seven years later, that workshop program has evolved into the extensive summer and fall course offerings of classes in contemporary art and crafts. To see Arrowmont’s 2024 workshops offerings, please visit

To honor the instructors and showcase their talent, Arrowmont presents an annual group exhibition, presented this year in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery. Their work is a true expression of Arrowmont’s vision and mission – to enrich lives through art and craft.

Participating Artists (Arrowmont Instructors) Include:

Tom Bartel
Elizabeth Belz
Lanny Bergner
Dixie Biggs
Sam Briegel
Christian Burchard
Gary Chapman
Sunyoung Cheong
Jeremy Colbert
Felicia Francine Dean
David Ellsworth
Melissa Everett
Roberto Ferrer
Sophie Glenn
Seth Green
Mike Griffin
Rachael Griffin
Bill Griffith
Meredith Grimsley
Sanaz Haghani
Mindy Herrin-Lewis
Jonah Hill
Bryant Holsenbeck
Anna Johnson
Brian R. Jones
C. Pazia Mannella
Joetta Maue
Alex McClay
Stephanie Metz
Rob Millard-Mendez
Wyatt Nester-Pasicznyk
Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton
Jerry Bedor Phillips
Trustina Fafa Sabah
Jennifer Sargent
Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Lauren Selden
James Bud Smith
Caryl St. Alma
James Thurman
Ann Tilley
Leandra Urrutia
Holland Van Gores
Sherri Warner-Hunter
Kathy Wilcox
Bryan Wilkerson
Ann Coddington

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will be on view in the main gallery at the Folk Art Center from January 27-May 1, 2024. The Folk Art Center is located in east Asheville. Visit the center daily from 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free. Items will be available for purchase online soon. Until then, you can purchase these items through the Folk Art Center by contacting us: [email protected] or 828-298-7928.

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The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Highway 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.