The Foothills Craft Guild is a non-profit organization of over 280 craft artists living and working in Tennessee. We are committed to preserving and promoting craft traditions in the state by:
- educating the public about the value of fine, hand-crafted objects
- sponsoring workshops and craft demonstrations whenever possible
- promoting the work of our members by hosting our annual fine craft show in Knoxville, Tennessee
Juried Guild members are invited to participate in the November show, either with a sales booth or as a craft demonstrator. The Guild has presented an annual Fall show of juried fine crafts each year since 1968. The Fall show is held at the historic Jacob Building, Chilhowee Park, Knoxville.
Being a non-profit organization, we welcome your donations, and you can find more information on our "Donate to Friends" page that describes different levels of donations available and benefits to the donor.
For a more indepth look at the beginning of the Guild, please click here
What members receive
The benefits vary greatly from one member to another. Listed below are the most mentioned.
- Exhibiting in an established Fall show that is identifiable by the community for its time of year and location
- Exhibition opportunities throughout the year in libraries and galleries
- New website designed for easy navigation of information
- Secure website access for members, giving the public limited access to proprietary information
- Member information remains secure and cannot be copied for the general public
- Free social media links between the Guild website and member's website
- Promotion opportunities on TV and radio as a pre-show build-up
- Free advertising with photos of your work on postcards, brochures, and website
- Members are known for their quality of work and being part of a respected organization.
- Monthly newsletter that keeps members informed
- Festival notification and/or special opportunities for members
- For Sale section where members can sell or purchase items from other members
- Reports of regional seminars and shows by members
- Networking opportunities with meetings, meals, and studio hosting
- Being part of the art community
- Validation stamp for having passed the jury/peer evaluation
- Scholarship fund that is available to assist members and the community to take the "next level" of classes
- Information about educational opportunities offered by area business groups and art community
Benefits in the works...
- More opportunities to sell
- Opportunities to teach and take workshops and classes
- Mentoring for incoming applicants
- Orientation for new members and tips on how to use social media
- Assistance for new members with show set up
- Seminars on current trends