Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
This past January I was invited to attend Pentaculum 2019 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Arrowmont is an internationally recognized visual art education center, providing creative experiences year-round with weekend, one- and two-week workshops from March through November. The School also serves as a cultural center in the community offering adult and children’s community classes; an active juried, themed and invitational exhibition schedule; and annual art conferences and symposia.
Pentaculum is an invitational week-long intensive residency, where working artists practicing in five mediums come together to make, converse, share and relax. The studios include clay, metals, fiber, 2D, wood and writing/spoken word performance.
The residency is unstructured except for meal times and optional evening events (readings, mixers, studio visits), allowing each artist to construct their own experience based on the needs of their studio practice. I used this time to weave through a project - basically an extension of my thesis work - that I hadn’t revisited in over a year, and allowed myself the flexibility between studio work and personal time. Some of this time was spent exploring Arrowmont’s brilliant library, that has many rare and out-of-print textile books.
To find out more about Arrowmont's programs visit their website here. Arrowmont offers workshops in a variety of craft mediums and a year-long artist residency program.