“Museum Craft Day” provides the opportunity to meet and learn from some of Tennessee’s top craft artists


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 23, 2021 – The Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Crafts invite the public to “Museum Craft Day,” a family celebration and demonstration with some of Tennessee’s best craft artists, Saturday, December 11 from 10 am to 3 pm. The participating craft artists, who have all worked in the Best of Tennessee Biennale 2021 exhibition currently on view at the Museum, includes keynote speaker JoEl Levy LoGiudice, as well as Chris Armstrong, Richard Dwyer, Monya Nikahd, Ashley Seay and Betty Ziemer. Visitors will be able to meet the artists, see them demonstrate their craft and how they approach their work, learn what inspires them and find out why they work in their mediums.

To inspire future Tennessee artisans, the Tennessee State Museum’s Children’s Gallery will be hosting a day of crafts and activities for kids, including making holiday ornaments and decorations. Adults are also invited to guided tours of the 2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Biennale. The opening lunchtime speech at the museum’s digital learning center by LoGiudice will include a question-and-answer session from the audience. Admission to the Tennessee State Museum and craft day activities is free.

A day of craftsmanship at the museum and biographies of participating artists follow.

Calendar of events (subject to change)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Artist demonstrations in the Great Hall

10:30 a.m. – Storytime for kids in the children’s gallery: Curious About Curious George (Kids Craft: Snowflake Art)

11 hr – Kids’ Craft Hour: Make Holiday Cards (based on the work of Carrie Anne Parks in the exhibition)

11:00 a.m. – 2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Biennale Highlight Tour

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Keynote speech by JoEl Levy LoGiudice and Q&A with artisan artists

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Artist demonstrations in the Great Hall

1:00 p.m. – Kids’ Craft Hour: Weaving of paper and ornaments

2:00 p.m. – 2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Biennale Highlights Tour

2:00 p.m. – Kids’ Craft Hour in the children’s gallery: Holiday Art

Artist biographies:

As a weaver / designer / jewelry maker and bead maker, keynote speaker JoEl Levy LoGiudice is a prolific artist. She is also a sought-after workshop facilitator in many craft schools nationwide, sharing her technical and creative skills in handling various media and in design. JoEl is also a seasoned Arts Administrator who has been a member of the Vanderbilt University Art Team for over 30 years. In this field, JoEl is well known and respected among her higher education peers, artists and community members in Tennessee and beyond. She joined the Tennessee Craft Board in 2021 after a long history with the organization.

Chris armstrong learned to needle felt wool into small sculptures from a teacher at his daughter’s school in 2003. It was fun and people loved what he did. Ten years later, with a little free time, he takes it back with dedication. It was always fun, and he now sells his pieces at a few craft shows a year. Usually he makes animals, dressed like people, in unlikely situations. Her goal is to make people smile and tell just enough stories to let people imagine theirs.

Richard Dwyer spent his early adulthood on college campuses earning degrees and teaching at Rutgers University and the State University of New York in New York. Throughout his busy career, he maintained a fascination and passion for woodworking in his spare time. In retirement, Dwyer moved to the beautiful mountains of northeastern Tennessee, which made his lifelong wish to add a ride to his collection come true. He then became addicted to the art form that produces piles of wood chips. Dwyer has been involved in the Best of Tennessee Craft Art show for several years, winning second place in the 2018 jury competition. His work is in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum, the Reece Museum on the ETSU campus, and in several private collections.

Monya nikahd is an Iranian-American weaver and emerging artist from Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BFA in Fibers from Tennessee Tech University in 2020. She has received awards such as the 2021 Windgate Lamar Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Best Emerging Maker from the Tennessee Craft Fair. Other accomplishments to date include work exhibited at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Number Magazine, Techspressionism, Tennessee State Museum, and Praxis Fiber Workshop Digital Weaving Residency in Cleveland, Ohio. Her goal as a weaver is to push the boundaries of a medium generally perceived as “soft” and domestic in our digital age. His approach to weaving is experimental and relies on trial and error due to his unconventional use of materials and methods.

Ashley Seay is the owner of SuperNatural Relief, a printmaking studio that offers original artwork with a focus on woodblock printing, custom logo woodcuts, woodcarving and design, pattern design, and printing on fabric. She has more than 10 years of experience in the printmaking industry. Wood block printing is done by inverting an image, cutting it out of a piece of wood leaving the outline of the image on the wood, then the block is inked and printed on a substance like paper or fabric . A printing press is used to reproduce prints with uniform pressure. His works are inspired by history, nature, ancestors, the universe, family and friends.

As a child, Becky ziemer had many different interests and enjoyed all forms of artistic expression, but none of them caught his attention like clay. After earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Mississippi and spending 15 years in this profession, she realized that her heart kept turning to ceramics. That, combined with increased Etsy sales and a wholesale demand for a nationally recognized gift catalog, convinced her to give up graphic design and make the leap to becoming a full-time ceramic artist in 2015. Becky Zee loves to create whimsical creatures, or “creatures”. ”, In all shapes, sizes and colors.

About Tennessee Crafts

About Tennessee Craft: Tennessee Craft, formerly The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA), strives to continue and create the tradition of Tennessee craftsmanship. With over 500 members statewide, Tennessee Craft serves as the premier connection point for local independent manufacturers and their audiences through craft fairs, exhibits, professional development, networking, mentoring and other educational programs. Visit tennesseecraft.org to learn more.

About the Tennessee State Museum

The Tennessee State Museum, on the corner of Rosa L Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, is home to 13,000 years of Tennessee art and history. Through six permanent exhibits titled Natural History, First Peoples, Forging a Nation, Civil War and Reconstruction, Change and Challenge, and Tennessee Transforms, the museum takes visitors on a journey – through artifacts, films, interactive exhibits , educational and digital events and programs. – from the geological origins of the state to the present day. Additional temporary exhibitions explore important periods and figures in history, as well as artistic and cultural movements. The museum is free and open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on exhibitions and events, please visit tnmuseum.org.

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Julia Canada Wilburn | Director of Communication and Artist Relations
Tennessee Crafts
615.736.7600 | [email protected]

Joe Pagetta | Communication director
Tennessee State Museum
(615) 741-5134 | [email protected]

Photos of Best of winners
Tennessee Craft artwork is available at this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ofkfsz8ch4n5u7o/AAD9bVd8IdiOxM7i_7FLJFzDa?dl=0


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