Inspired: Life in Penland’s Resident Artist and Core Fellowship Programs
Penland School of Crafts is world-renowned for total-immersion, hands-on workshops that have provided dynamic, often life-changing, educational experiences to thousands of people. Less well known, perhaps, are Penland’s multiyear artist residencies. This beautiful volume now tells the story of the school’s extraordinary Resident Artist and Core Fellowship programs, which have for decades launched and nurtured scores of brilliant artistic careers.
The book includes detailed essays, historical information, rich photographs, and conversations with thirty-two alumni of the programs. These conversations bring to life the history, community, and creativity that are at the heart of the school and illuminate the risks and rewards shared by those who pursue lives of artistic expression. The illustrations present a diversity of materials, processes, and ideas that showcase the expansive world of craft.
In her introduction, Caitlin Strokosh, executive director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, says this of artist residencies: “What this field does is invest in artists. This is risky business: it requires trust in individuals, patience, and faith, with few tangible tools for assessment.” After more than half a century of commitment to artist residencies, Penland School of Crafts offers Inspired: Life in Penland’s Resident Artist and Core Fellowship Programs as a narrative and visual testament to the continued impact of that commitment.
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