2016-2017 Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Exhibit Now Open



Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is exhibiting works by new Artists-in-Residence – Grant Benoit, Richard W. James, Maia Leppo, Austin Riddle, and Emily Schubert. 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.

Showcasing work in a range of media including functional and sculptural ceramics, fiber, mixed media, jewelry and collage, the exhibit introduces work by Arrowmont’s five Artists-in-Residence as they begin their 11-month residency. The exhibit is on view from June 29 –August 6, 2016, in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. Admission is free and the community is encouraged to attend with their friends and family. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

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.


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, foundobjects and textiles.


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.


Austin Riddle recently completed his BFA in ceramics from University of Utah.  He has previously been to Arrowmont as a studio assistant and makes utilitarian clay objects using a variety of construction, decorative, and firing techniques.


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 I create sculptures, characters, puppets, and multi-media performances that aim to make some sense of our existence by giving form to our collective fears, sorrows, and desires,” says Emily.


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 ofarts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques tobuild upon a foundation of traditional arts and crafts.

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