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January 3, 2007


NASHVILLE - - Each year the Tennessee Arts Commission awards several grants to outstanding Tennessee artists through the Individual Artist Fellowship program. This program celebrates and supports the creativity of the state’s professional artists. Winners of the 2006 Individual Artist Fellowships in Craft are Patricia Mink of Johnson City and Tim Hintz of Smithville. These two outstanding craft artists will be featured in an exhibit at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Jan. 11 – Feb. 16, 2007. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located at 401 Charlotte Avenue in downtown Nashville. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“ Tennessee has an abundance of creative talent and these artists certainly represent the quality and excellence of work created in our state,” says Nicole Pietrantoni, director of visual arts, craft, and media, for the Commission. “This exhibit is an opportunity to see some of the finest craft produced in the region.”

Both artists were honored to receive the recognition, and the individual $5,000 fellowships from the Commission.

“I was delighted to have been selected for the fellowship,” says Mink. “Some of the money was used to fund a one-month trip to China. Travel and experiencing different cultures is an important part of my artistic work.”

Mink received her bachelor’s of arts from Kalamazoo College, and her master of fine arts instudio art (fibers) from Eastern Michigan University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and had appeared in publications such as Surface Design, Fiberarts Magazine, Quilt National, Visions, and Fiberarts Design Book VII. She is an assistant professor of art, and head of the Fibers program at East Tennessee State University where she has taught since 2003.

Specializing in digitally generated, inkjet printed, fiber constructions, Mink’s recent work includes exploring low-tech approaches to high-tech applications. Her current work explores the traditional layered quilt form, employing new digital techniques for printing fabric, as a means of establishing a visual dialogue addressing issues of contemporary culture. Drawing from historic associations with domesticity, comfort, and home, the quilt form offers unique possibilities for developing content when combined with non-traditional techniques and unexpected imagery.

The other recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft is Tim Hintz. Hintz is known for his chairs, which are created from fresh logs and shaped by hand. After a career as a deep sea diver in the Gulf of Mexico, he moved to Smithville, Tennessee to study at the Appalachian Center for Craft. He soon started his business, Fresh Chairs. Hintz utilizes raw, locally available woods to create his work.

Hintz also expresses his appreciation in being selected for the fellowship award. “I was very pleased to be selected. Because of the grant, I was able to upgrade the equipment in my shop, and that has enabled me to create other types of furniture,” says Hintz. “Although I haveprimarily created chairs in the past, I am now working on creating a kitchen table. I am also working on a rocking chair that will become part of the Tennessee Arts Commission exhibit.”

In 2001, Hintz was juried into the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. At the Tennessee Association of Craft Artist’s 2004 Best of Tennessee exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum he was awarded Best of Show, and has several pieces in the museum’s permanent collection. He has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Appalachian Center for Craft.

For more information on the 2006 Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibit in Craft, contact Nicole Pietrantoni at (615) 532-9798 or e-mail: nicloe.pietrantoni@state.tn.us. Information is also available on the Commission’s Web site: www.arts.state.tn.us.

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