Shared Existence

Curated by Heather F. Wetzel, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

About the Collection:

Art has the incredible power to compel thought, elicit feelings, and inspire discourse, which can motivate engagement and galvanize action; why we make, what we make, and how we make work matters and makes a difference in the world. In this collection, you will find a diverse selection of works that employ thoughtful and sustainable practices. Some artists source supplies that are gentler to the earth. Others use recycled materials. Some choose renewable and local resources. All demonstrate respect and reverence for the environment and create works that honor the natural world and a shared existence. Art doesn’t show people what to do, but it can make one feel and inspire one to think more deeply. These thoughts and feelings can motivate people to become more engaged and take action. Every action, no matter how small, has a cumulative effect when many people engage.

About the Curator:

Also a practicing artist, Heather F. Wetzel is currently the Galleries & Collections Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. There she manages a robust exhibition schedule for four rotating galleries as well as the permanent collection which consists of over 1,000 works in a variety of arts and crafts media.