Photo by Jessy Duque. The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program will exhibit their best work at the 2019 Graduate Show. The show will be held May 5 through June 23 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. Pictured are attendees from last year’s event viewing the work of a fiber student.

The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program will exhibit their best work at the 2019 Graduate Show. The show will be held May 5 through June 23 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. The Folk Art Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. A reception will be held Saturday, May 4, from 3-5:00 p.m. and is open to the public. At the reception, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the graduating artists.

This year’s show has work in clay, jewelry, fiber and wood. This exhibit marks the professional debut for many exhibiting craftspeople. The College makes involvement in the installation, organization, and publicity of this exhibit as part of the coursework for the professional crafts students.

The Professional Crafts program is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skill in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio, and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan, and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs. 

For more information, please call (828)627-4673 or visit creativearts.haywood.edu.