The Artist in Residence Program was established in 2011 and an opportunity for professional working artist to teach and demonstrate a particular art-form within a classroom setting that is hands-on curriculum based project. The Arts Council works closely the Williamson County Schools to ensure students and Art Teachers have a unique, educational and quality programming for their residency. 

Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program was created to help art specialists dig deeper into a particular art medium, strengthen an art skill or to explore new and exciting visual art concepts that might not otherwise be available. Submit your proposals today and make a difference in arts education!

Past residencies have been a mural at Page High School, photography program at Centennial High School, found object collage at Fairview High School and a temporary public art pieces at Ravenwood High School.

In 2018/2019, we hosted Anthony Martin at Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School with a blacksmith project. View the video here.

Artist Proposal School Request Program Statement

2018/2019 – Blacksmith

Antony Martin of Red Tail Forgeworks from Fairview worked with the nearly 40, 7th & 8th graders at Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School in Williamson County. He conducted several days of in-class room instruction, held a demonstration on the grounds of the school, then led students in using his WW1 era portable forge, in creating their own hooks and other simple functional artwork. Students not only learned about the history of blacksmithing, they were able to feel the heat from the forge, the heft of the tongs, and sound of the hammer hitting the anvil.  This Residency was funded in part by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Brentwood/Franklin Woman’s Service Organization and the Arts Council of Williamson County.

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Jen Vogus: PhotoVoice at Centennial High School

Jen Vogus worked with tier II students at Centennial High School on a PhotoVoice.  This project gives cameras to students who have physical or intellectual disabilities to document their world and communicate through the visual world.

Kristin Llams: Tempory Public Art Piece at Ravenwood High School

Kristin worked with students at Ravenwood High School on a fantastic installation project. Tied to ropes anchored to a tree, the ribbons in the pictures below were part of the art installation at the school, named “You Will Flourish,” which featured thousands of ribbons and tulle flowers. Collaborating with Kristin, students designed, created and executed the art display.

LeeAnne Love: Mural at Page High School

LeeAnne Love worked with nearly 180 students to create a huge mural at Page High School. The students learned about design, collaboration, preservative and color theory. Inspired by the environment around them, students documented the sites that they see every day on their way to school. The mural was a fantastic collaborative experience for the students who commented that many had never worked with each other before and the project crossed many high school social boundaries.

Nick DePalma: Found Objects Sculptural Collages at Fairview High School

Sculpture and found object artist, Nick DePalma worked with Fairview High School students to create large permanent sculpture and table top sized found object collages.  The students learned about balance, construction and assemblage.



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