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Welcome to the 24th Annual Student Art Show!

Our juror for 2017 is Knoxville potter, Lisa Kurtz

Lisa Kurtz /Artist Statement

        Lisa Kurtz teaches both clay and drawing at Pellissippi State in Knoxville, TN, and has been a professional potter for over 38 years. In 2014 she returned to her love of teaching, re-starting the clay program and teaching hand building and wheel throwing at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN.

        After earning a Master’s degree in Ceramics from the University of Louisville, Lisa started Highland Pottery in the eclectic Highlands neighborhood in Louisville, KY. Since then, she has been a member of several professional juried guilds, artist associations and boards. Lisa is an award winning ceramic artist whose clay work has been exhibited and sold in galleries, shops, juried fine art shows and craft fairs nationally.

        “As an artist, potter and a maker of functional handmade objects, I strive for the human connection between my work and the user of my wares. The fact that people can use my work in their everyday lives is especially important to me as a potter. My work has evolved slowly over many years and I still enjoy fine-tuning those little details in my work that make them favorites for people to use everyday. My work in clay is a love affair with the material itself.“

        In Knoxville, Lisa’s work may be found at The District Gallery in Homberg and at The Art Market Gallery on Gay Street. In Savannah, GA, her work is sold at Roots Up Gallery on East Liberty Street.

To see more about Lisa and her work visit her website at:

       Juror’s Statement

         Wow! I really enjoyed this exhibit of student work. The expressive quality of all the artwork was what really jumped out at me while trying to choose award winners.

It was very hard to judge because there is so much really exciting work in the show.

        The quality of artistic composition, design, and creativity came shining through.

Art is what feeds our soul and gives us hope. After judging this show, I am so hopeful. Our future is in great hands with these young artists!

        Congratulations to all the participants. You are so talented and have so much to say with your art. I hope you will all continue to share your artistic voices with us as you continue to grow and follow your different paths in life.

        The drawing I chose for Best of Show stood out to me as being the best in quality, not only technique, design, and composition, but also in expression. It was very expressive because of the young artist's use of line, line quality, contrast, and shading.

        There were so many excellent pieces in this show technically, but this piece also stood out as presenting a point of view.

I felt like I could see the artist's voice, which is something I feel is really important in art and i strive to teach my own students to put into their own work.

Gatlinburg Arts Council

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