Call for Entries: Best of Tennessee Craft 2018 Exhibition

Best of Tennessee Call for Artists

From Laurie Davis, Tennessee Craft –

Tennessee Craft seeks entries for the Best of Tennessee Craft, a biennial exhibition designed to connect art collectors and craft enthusiasts with contemporary craft artists producing the most diverse, highest quality craft pieces available in Tennessee.

Presented by Tennessee Craft – the state’s largest, most visible and most respected craft artist organization – and hosted by the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, this exhibit elevates and celebrates contemporary and traditional craft found throughout Tennessee while encouraging a high standard of excellence and design among Tennessee craft artists.

The public is invited to the opening reception and awards presentation at the Customs House Museum, August 4, 2018, with the exhibition on view through October 14, 2018. Visitors will see traditional Appalachian crafts, imaginative high-end furniture, and one-of-a-kind handmade objects. Guest Juror Kathryn Hall, curator at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas, will select works for the exhibition from submitted entries and the award winners. Best of Show Award is a $1,000 cash award.

Kathryn Hall received a BA in Art History from Wofford College and an MA in Art History from the University of Georgia. Ms. Hall is a scholar of contemporary craft and material culture. She has contributed to numerous publications including Metalsmith Magazine and Studio Potter Magazine and most recently juried the Surface Design Association’s Exhibition in Print (Winter 2017) with Richard Elliott. Ms. Hall currently serves on the ClayHouston board, an organization that supports ceramic artists working in Houston and the surrounding area.


Submission deadline is June 1, 2018. Eligible crafts include basketry, clay, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, printmaking, sculpture, wood and other. Online entries may be submitted here.

Artists may submit up to three (3) craft pieces for exhibit consideration. Each piece must be represented by one image; no detail views or images depicting the same piece from multiple angles. The competition is open to all craft artists 18 years or older, who are current residents of Tennessee, including students. Work must be original, not previously exhibited at a Best of Tennessee Craft Exhibition, and within generally accepted craft media. No person shall be excluded from entry on the grounds of race, national origin, sex, disability, or age.


Jurying will be conducted solely from images submitted through


A single non-refundable fee of $40 ($35 for current Tennessee Craft members) for up to three (3) works, payable by check, credit or debit card, must be included at the time of application at café:

###About Tennessee Craft: Tennessee Craft is a member-driven nonprofit arts organization dedicated to creating opportunities for Tennessee’s independent craft artists to thrive. Since 1965, Tennessee Craft has been the only networked community of craft artists across the state, with local chapters and regional opportunities for talent growth, professional development, and one-of-a-kind exhibitions.

  • Supported by Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts-Nashville Office of Arts|Culture