August 2016

Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center is presenting Stretching the Boundaries through September 23. In this annual juried exhibition, Tennessee Craft’s Midstate Chapter asked artists to extend beyond their standard approach to making art to further explore their creative process.

The idea behind Stretching the Boundaries is to highlight the craft tradition in Tennessee, one that dates back to indigenous peoples who crafted striking pottery, through today, and to showcase the abundance, creativity, and variety within the arts community as arts and crafts in Tennessee continue to be an integral and vibrant part of our lives.

Pitcher ceramics Audry Deal-McEver

Audry Deal-McEver, Ceramic pitcher

Jurors Jim Hoobler, Curator of Tennessee State Museum, and Terri Jordan, Curator of Customs House Museum in Clarksville, selected artists Audry Deal-McEver, Neva Fiumara, Catherine McMurray, Roy Overcast, Donna Rizzo, Anne Rob, Alice E. Shepherd, and Nazan Tem due to, according to Hoobler, “not only their great skill, but a consistency in style that makes their work stand out as their own.” Artists’ work runs the gamut from ceramic sculpture and functional stoneware to fused glass, marbled paper, and jewelry.

For more than 50 years, Tennessee Craft has encouraged, nurtured, and promoted local artisans. Collaborating with Centennial Art Center in Nashville for much of that time, together the two organizations work to connect artists, provide resources and opportunities for both artisans and the public, and to emphasize and promote creativity in the community.

Stretching the Boundaries is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 23. In addition, Centennial Art Center will host a closing reception on the 23rd to conclude the first day of the annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair. For more information, visit

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