Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville

#127 of 211 in Museums in Tennessee
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
A campus of Tennessee Tech's nationally accredited School of Art, Craft & Design, the Appalachian Center for Craft promotes excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design, providing access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and career opportunities. The Center is home to the fine craft studios offering: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree concentrations in clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. A non-degree Craft Certificate option is also offered.

Artist in Residence Program

The program allows emerging professional craft artists to live and work in the environment of the Craft Center. The Resident Artists provide additional academic support and experience to students in the BFA and Certificate programs.

Craft Workshops

More than 50 hands-on craft workshops are offered annually in our craft studios. One-day, weekend and week-long workshops are available for a variety of skill levels.

Programs for Teens & Teachers

We provide several educational outreach programs for regional students including Summer High School Art Intensives, Exploring Careers in Fine Craft for High School Students, and more!

Special Events

The Craft Center hosts two free open houses each year. The Holiday Celebration and Celebration of Craft are family friendly events that showcase our studios, artists and hands-on activities.

Fine Craft Gallery

Our gallery features contemporary and traditional fine craft by Craft Center artists and over 100 nationally recognized craft artists.


We host a vibrant selection of exhibitions annually in multiple exhibition spaces. Shows include the works of regional, national and international contemporary craft artists, our faculty, resident artists, and students.
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  • The students that live here make the crafts of lots of different things. I found a beautiful butterfly plate that just had to go home with me. The Center sits out by the lake in a wooded area that is....  more »
  • We were driving around; found this place with pleasant surprise of the drive up to. This was a short but a delightful time spent. We enjoyed walking and looking and artist’s work. We stopped at the.....  more »
  • All qualified instructors. Learned so much and in such a beautiful setting. Also reasonably priced!
  • Always love the celebration of craft event!
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