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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Kathy Tupper

(1945-2023) lived in Nashville 100308-35 (River Run), 2010 watercolor, 8 x 8 inches, 2015.65.21 For nearly fifty years, Tupper exhibited her work in middle Tennessee. She also taught drawing and […]