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Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville

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A campus of Tennessee Tech's nationally accredited School of Art, Craft & Design, the Appalachian Center for Craft promotes excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design, providing access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and career opportunities. The Center is home to the fine craft studios offering: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree concentrations in clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. A non-degree Craft Certificate option is also offered.

Artist in Residence Program

The program allows emerging professional craft artists to live and work in the environment of the Craft Center. The Resident Artists provide additional academic support and experience to students in the BFA and Certificate programs.

Craft Workshops

More than 50 hands-on craft workshops are offered annually in our craft studios. One-day, weekend and week-long workshops are available for a variety of skill levels.

Programs for Teens & Teachers

We provide several educational outreach programs for regional students including Summer High School Art Intensives, Exploring Careers in Fine Craft for High School Students, and more!

Special Events

The Craft Center hosts two free open houses each year. The Holiday Celebration and Celebration of Craft are family friendly events that showcase our studios, artists and hands-on activities.

Fine Craft Gallery

Our gallery features contemporary and traditional fine craft by Craft Center artists and over 100 nationally recognized craft artists.

Exhibitions

We host a vibrant selection of exhibitions annually in multiple exhibition spaces. Shows include the works of regional, national and international contemporary craft artists, our faculty, resident artists, and students.
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Appalachian Center for Craft reviews

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  • There was an exhibit I found offensive. There were a lot of things that were beautiful but I left with a bad taste in my mouth. 
    There was an exhibit I found offensive. There were a lot of things that were beautiful but I left with a bad taste in my mouth.  more »
  • Loved reviewing the artwork completed by students. It was amazing to see the designs and the food at the student restaurant on campus was wonderful. 
    Loved reviewing the artwork completed by students. It was amazing to see the designs and the food at the student restaurant on campus was wonderful.  more »
  • Traveling down US 40 we noticed this exit and had to see what the craft center was. We were delighted with the gallery and the drive to it. Of course we had to stop and buy earrings for family... 
    Traveling down US 40 we noticed this exit and had to see what the craft center was. We were delighted with the gallery and the drive to it. Of course we had to stop and buy earrings for family...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed the art and craft fair this past weekend. What a beautiful environment to enjoy re-creating from nature! So many gifted artists of all ages. I hope there are more events like this throughout the year.
  • Nestled within a tree shaded park, the Center is a testament to craft and artistry. There is something for everyone. My one wish is the staff behind the counter had more interest with playing on the internet than engaging with the public. I was the only one in the space, and when I shared with her that one of the art pieces in the gallery was mislabeled, she appeared to act uninterested and shrugged it off as if I was inconveniencing her. This first impression was concerning. I trust the rest of the management team does not behave in this manner.
  • Quite spectacular setting in the middle of Center Hill Lake is this amazing little gem. The creativity and talent abounds in small detail and large sculptures.
  • The only crafting they should be doing is recrafting the bathroom, after what I left in their no one is going to want to go there. Also, I bought a craft for my son to do and after he finished it the craft came to life and ate him, now the craft is terrorizing all of Montana because they took his ketchup. 10/10 would craft again.
  • We absolutely loved this place. Hand crafted artwork and other amazing crafts by local artisans. A little off the highway, but well worth it 👌.

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