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Un//known: New Free Art Exhibit Showcases Arrowmont’s Artists-in-Residence

Un//known, Arrowmont’s newest exhibit featuring the work of Arrowmont’s Artists-in-Residence, is open to the public March 10 – May 6

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts is a center of art and culture in the Smokies. For over 100 years, the school has continued a tradition that fosters the artistic spirit of the Smokies. The school regularly hosts free art galleries and exhibits for the public, and its latest exhibit showcases the work of its of Artists-in-Residence.

Un//known: Arrowmont’s Newest Exhibit Open to the Public

The newest exhibition is titled un//known, and showcases the inspired works of Artists-in-Residence Grant Benoit, Richard W. James, Maia Leppo, Austin Riddle, and Emily Schubert. Community members are invited to view the exhibition and attend the reception on April 7, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The exhibit is on view March 10 – May 6, 2017 in the Sandra J. Blain Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm.

un//known showcases work in a range of media including functional and sculptural ceramics, fiber, mixed media, jewelry and collage. This cumulative exhibition features work made during the artists’ 11-month residency.

The Artists-in-Residence

The Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community environment. Each year, five artists of different media are selected for the eleven-month program, which begins mid-June and continues through late May of the following year. Participants receive exhibition opportunities, teaching experience, professional development and a private studio. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s Artists-in-Residence.


Grant Benoit

Grant Benoit is a mixed media artist interested in narrative, place and memory. He received his MFA in printmaking from Southern Illinois University and his BA from Spring Hill College. Grant utilizes techniques from ceramics, printmaking, and textiles in his installation and sculptural pieces to explore notions of memory. See more work by Grant at his website here.

“Keep Me Close” by Grant Benoit


Richard W. James

Richard W. James received his MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas and his BFA from University of Tennessee, Martin. His figurative sculptures explore childhood experiences and psychological narratives by combining clay, found objects and textiles. See more work by Richard on his website here.

This work showcases James’s combination of clay, found objects and textiles


Maia Leppo

Maia Leppo is a metalsmith and jeweler. Maia received her MFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz. Studying first in Biology and Community Health at Tufts University, Maia incorporates those interests and research into her jewelry and body adornment pieces. See more of Maia’s works on her website here

Jewelry crafted by Maia Leppo


Austin Riddle

Austin Riddle received his BFA in ceramics from University of Utah. Influenced by the forms and colors of mass-produced domestic objects from mid-century America, Riddle’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. He uses a variety of clay construction, glazing and firing techniques. See more pieces by Austin on his Instagram account.

Mugs created by Austin Riddle.


Emily Schubert

Emily Schubert graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with BFA in fiber and textile art. She has spent the past several years studying and working in the art of puppetry and performance. Drawing from mythology, folktales, memories, and personal experience, Schubert creates work that make sense of our existence by giving form to our collective fears, sorrows, and desires. See more of Emily’s work on here website here.

see this work at the Arrowmont Gallery

Title — Opia: All the colors she will never know, by Emily Schubert



Don’t Miss Un//known and Other Free Galleries from Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The school enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences in a variety of media, classes, conferences and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon a foundation of traditional arts and crafts. The school has a more than 100 year tradition of educating people in the Smokies.