BILL GRIFFITH is a ceramic artist who has worked at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for 29 years as the assistant director and program director -designing and coordinating workshops, conferences and other educational programs-most notably the Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object Symposia, held every 4 years at Arrowmont since 1992. In 1991, he founded the Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Program which he continued to direct until 2015. He currently serves as Arrowmonts outreach and partnership liaison.
Bills functional and sculptural ceramics have been exhibited and published in many international, national juried/invitational exhibitions and publications. His work is included in private collections and the Tennessee State Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, the City of Orlando, Florida Permanent Collection, San Angelo Museum of Art, TX, the Haan Museum of Indiana Art, the Tokoname Cultural Museum, Japan and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China.
He is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Select exhibitions include: Lineage: The Art of Mentorship, Clay Art Center, NY, Feats of Clay XXIII National, CA, Strictly Functional National, PA, Architectural Echoes at the Center for Craft, Creativity, Design, NC, The Art of Tennessee at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada at the Columbus College of Art & Design, OH and Hoosier Expatriates: From Indiana to the World, at the Indianapolis Art Center, IN.
Bill is active as a juror for national juried exhibitions and craft festivals. He continues to lecture and teach as a visiting artist for conferences, universities, craft schools and guilds. He has served on jury panels for the Ohio Arts Council, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Arkansas Arts Councils Individual Artists Fellowship Awards and the Windgate Fellowship Awards. Bill currently serves on the board of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, NC
For full resume and images of artwork visit: www.billgriffithclay.com