I was invited to be a part of the 2015 Arrowmont Pentaculum - a weeklong invitational artist residency and retreat experience in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Their mission is to provide attendees in various points of their careers, and at a pivotal moment in their life, a space and time to reconnect with their making in a social studio setting. Through dialogues and collaborations with peer, participants engage in additional social activities amongst a rich community of makers who benefit from each individual's artistic and personal growth. I was overwhelmed at the beauty of this mountain region and enjoyed several hikes.
Coordinators of the event consist of previous Arrowmont Artist-In-Residence as well as other professionals in the field. The five participating studios – thus pentaculum – are Clay, Metals, Textiles, 2D, and a rotational studio and/or guest. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts facilitates and hosts the event, but Pentaculum programming is organized by a committee of external coordinators. Participants are selected by this committee based on previous participant recommendations, consideration of character, current practice, and how each participant will contribute to the dynamic of the week.
Clay 2015 (1st Annual Pentaculum)
Rachel Ballard Bigley
Textiles 2015 (1st Annual Pentaculum)
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Metals 2015 (1st Annual Pentaculum)
Robert Thomas Mullen
Sarah Rachel Brown
2D/Mixed Media 2015 (1st Annual Pentaculum)
Leslie Walker Noell
Timothy R. Maddox