Art school collection displayed at Hartsfield-Jackson

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Maria Jose Subiria


Part of the permanent collection of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., is being showcased in a temporary exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The exhibit, entitled "From Tradition to Innovation: Enriching Lives Through Art," is on display until Feb. 24 on Concourse T at Atlanta's airport.

"It shows the breadth of their permanent collection," said David Vogt, manager of the Airport Art Program at Hartsfield-Jackson, who described the exhibit as "very visually engaging."

According to Vogt, the array of objects shown at the airport -- the largest showing from the school's permanent collection ever presented -- were created between 1970 and 2008. Vogt said the exhibit includes unusual and distinctive teapots, vases, bowls, quilts and other crafts.

"You have artists working with materials in unique ways," he said.

Vogt said the pieces offer proof of the timelessness of traditional, handmade crafts. The objects displayed also demonstrate the evolution of the craft field over the past 40 years, he added.

Most of the artists whose pieces were chosen for the exhibit are, or were, instructors at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, he said.

According to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts' web site, the school is well known for its one- to two-week workshops conducted in the spring, summer and fall. The workshops teach students how to work in fiber, glass, ceramics and metals, in basic and advanced courses.

Martha Connell, the curator of the "From Tradition to Innovation: Enriching Lives Through Art" exhibit, said there are more than 800 pieces in the school's permanent collection, and that she chose approximately 80 for the exhibit on Concourse T.

Connell said the pieces that were chosen complement one another.

"It is not important what you call it, it's important that you enjoy it," said Connell, who has been a member of Arrowmont's board of governors for five years.

She said she spent about three months designing the exhibit, before it was opened in January of 2009.

Vogt said his favorite pieces in the exhibit are those turned from green wood, because once the artist is finished turning the piece, the final shape of the object changes through the drying process.

"It's that unknown factor," he said.


On the net:

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: www.arrowmont.org