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Tis Mal Crow

Beaded Buckskin Bear Doll, C.2005 8 inches tall On December 15, 1999, the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery opened Transforming Tradition, an exhibition highlighting hand-crafted, tradition inspired, contemporary native objects by Tis Mal Crow. Crow fashioned the objects using materials such as smoked bear and moose hides, claws, fur, teeth and antique beads reflecting the materials […]

Thomas Lowell Edwards

(n.d.) born in Utah, lives in Nebraska Blessed are the Barren clay, 18 x 26 x 26 inches, 2015.65.6 Edwards studied at Utah State University and transferred to Tennessee Tech University in 2003 to study at the Appalachian Center for Craft, finishing with B.F.A. in ceramics. After graduating he managed the ceramics and sculpture studios […]

Tony Franks

(b. 1940) born in Birmingham, England, lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland Two Horizons, 1973 stoneware, 11.25 x 8.5 x 2.75 inches, 93.39.85 Tony Franks was working as a geography teacher at a grammar school when an art teacher colleague asked for his help instructing the students in clay. Franks recalls, “[The art teacher] was […]

Tim Mather

(n.d.) lives and works in Indiana Raku, 1973 clay, 25 x 25 x 10.75 inches, 93.39.221 In the spring of 1971, under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums. The Symposium’s mission to help develop a […]

Tim Roberts

(n.d.) Bottle, n.d. clay, 17 x 8 x 8 inches, 2008.168.2 Roberts began creating wheel thrown ceramic creations after retiring from the military. Some of his signature items include bowls, pitchers, and customized Jonesborough Farmer’s Market coffee mugs. Roberts received his M.F.A. from East Tennessee State University and has shown his work at several craft […]

Michael E. Taylor

(b.1944) born in Lewisburg, lives in Rochester New York Vase, 1977 glass, 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, 77.36.48 Known more for his geometric, translucent colored glass sculptures, this vase is an early example of Taylor’s more bulbous, organic forms. In 1967 Taylor received a B.S. in art education at Tennessee State University (Now, Middle […]

James R. Threalkill

(b.1956) lives in Nashville Grampa’s Nap, 1995 oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches, 1997.138 After graduating with a B.S. in Fine Arts at Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship, Threalkill taught community art classes and worked as an instructor for the Metro Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation. He also instructed at the Centennial […]

Caroll Todd

(b.1954) lives in Memphis Circus Rabbit, 2000 bronze and steel, 16.5 x 9 x 24 inches Working in formed and welded sheet bronze, Todd’s work is inspired by modernist design. Todd earned his B.F.A. from Memphis College of Art and M.F.A. from Cornell University. Todd’s works can be seen at the David Lusk Gallery, Memphis […]

Parks L. Townsend

(1909-1991) lived in Elizabethton in Carter County pine carvings, 2002.8.1 Townsend carved numerous objects including his “critters” (on display here), whirligigs (spinning toys), walking sticks and small sculptures. His work is easily recognized as typically having a multitude of spots burned throughout the surface. The Commission has a diverse collection of Townsend’s carved work as […]

Kathy Tupper

(b. 1945) lives in Nashville 100308-35 (River Run), 2010 watercolor, 8 x 8 inches, 2015.65.21 For nearly fifty years, Tupper has continued to create and exhibit her work in middle Tennessee. She also teaches drawing and watercolor classes at the Centennial Art Center in Nashville. From the simplest or the most complex idea or from […]