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The Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft selected it’s seventh annual master artist/apprentice pairs to participate in a six month, one-on-one, paid apprenticeship. Among the 2016 recipients were Master sculptor and painter Jammie Williams (Nashville) and Apprentice sculptor, woodturner and public artist Brenda Stein (Nashville).
The curriculum, developed by the master artist and apprentice, included an intensive period sculpting from life, followed by artistic sculpting, in various scales. The study advanced into classical mold making techniques, culminating with casting in various media and patina application. The program’s roots lie in continuing and reinforcing Tennessee’s rich cultural heritage. Master Williams states, “It gave me a sense of solidarity and fresh perspectives which I think comes from working together over several months. Watching the apprentice grow in understanding of the techniques and to be able to apply them with confidence gives me a sense of accomplishment.” Apprentice Stein in turn says, “the Master Artist Apprentice Program is a challenging creative incubator with a thoughtful jury process, specific checkpoints to reinforce discipline in the process, with wise guidance, all imbued with a fairy-godmother-like wish for each apprentice to grow wings and fly.”
Stop, in the name of Love by Brenda Stein
To see a virtual exhibition of completed works visit Tennessee Arts Commission Exhibits.
Other esteemed 2016 MAAP recipients are ceramics master Lisa Kurtz (Knoxville) with apprentice Rose Spurrier (Rogersville), and textile marbling master Teresa Hays (Franklin) with apprentice Lesley Patterson-Marx (Nashville). For more information on the MAAP program please visit MAAP.