By Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design –
Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) 2016 will be on exhibition September 23 through November 11, 2016 at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, located at 4012 Charlotte Ave., in Nashville.
MAAP is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft. The mission of this collaboration is to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist and apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state’s cultural heritage.
This partnership provides Tennessee craft artists with relevant and alternative educational experiences, promotes and facilitates fine craft as a viable career path for Tennessee artists, fosters deliberate mentoring, facilitates professional development of emerging Tennessee craft artists, increases the pool of Tennessee craft artists, and provides Tennessee craft artists with alternative means of professional funding.
This year, Tennessee craft masters shared their significant skills and creative aptitude by providing one-on-one mentoring instruction with apprentice artists to encourage, strengthen and grow their artistic foundation. In its seventh year, MAAP continues to cultivate the traditional master/apprentice relationship by awarding selected artists with a grant to ensure craft art is nurtured in Tennessee.
The following partners worked together to sustain craft for the next generation:
Sculpture: Master Jammie Williams (Nashville); Apprentice Brenda Stein (Nashville)
Ceramics: Master Lisa Kurtz (Knoxville); Apprentice Rose Spurrier (Rogersville)
Textile Marbling: Master Teresa Hays (Franklin); Apprentice Leslie Patterson-Marx (Nashville)
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule a gallery tour, contact Krishna Adams at 615.532.9797.