Townsend Artisan Guild

"The Voice of Art on the quiet side of the Smokies"

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The Townsend Artisan Guild, founded in 2007, brings fine artists and fine crafts persons from East Tennessee together to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. The group, through the individual participation of its members, strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops.


The Guild also provides the artist opportunities for self-promotion through art shows, exhibits, and community activities. Additional exposure is possible in the Gallery, located at 7719 East Lamar Alexander, Townsend, and on the website. Meetings and other events provide members a creative forum to share ideas, to inspire others, and to explore business realities.


Sponsors and Charitable Contributions

Townsend Artisan Guild (TAG) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that depends on funding from individuals and businesses in order to do the work described above. We welcome any and all donations. You or your company may provide financially funds to be designated for one of our events, monthly donations, or a one-time donation. For fast and secure payment click the donate button. We appreciate your consideration.


All donations given on this website will be used for TAG expenses exclusively.





Membership is open to actively working professionals, aspiring artists, and those sponsoring the Arts in the community. We are seeking East Tennessean artists and fine crafts persons who are interested in working with other artisans to build a strong and supportive fine arts and fine crafts community.


Categories of Membership are:


Juried Members - those whose art is approved through a juried process for each category of work. The membership dues are $50.


These members have: full voting privileges; juried work eligible to hang art in the Gallery, participate in all TAG exhibits and festivals; opportunities to learn from peers and other professionals; and juried work presented in the TAG brochure and web site. In order to optimize Guild membership, members are encouraged to participate in TAG exhibits and community activities.


Prospective members should submit their application, three original, hand crafted pieces of work and $50 application fee to Treasurer, PO Box 403, Townsend, TN, 37882.


The Jury Committee judges submitted work based on Creativity, Overall Design and Style, Craftsmanship, and Presentation on the first Monday of February, May, August, and November. An applicant will be notified within 14 days of the jury’s decision.


Those applying for Aspiring or Supporting Memberships must complete an application and submit the appropriate dues.


Aspiring Artists - those who are developing their skills for future Active membership through education, workshops, and practice. These members do not have voting privileges and do not exhibit in TAG events. The names of these members are included in the website. The annual dues are $25.


Supporting Members – those who provide financial support, expertise, and assistance in activities, with full voting privileges. This category is intended business leaders, professionals, and community and fine art supporters. These members are recognized on the website. The annual dues are $50.


Jury Process


 The Jury Committee consists of four Juried Artists and the Vice President of the Board of Directors and will assess three pieces of submitted work. The requirements are as follows:


Creativity – A creative, hand made original piece of visual fine art


Overall Design and Style – Effective use of elements and principles of design


Craftsmanship – Technical proficiency and mastery of selected medium


Presentation – Presentation – Professional presentation (mounting, framing, etc.) that reflects the vision of the artist


Questions for Juried Work


  1. What is your primary medium? Clay, Fiber Art, Glass, Jewelry, Natural Fiber, Painting, Graphic Art, Photography, Sculpture, Woodworking
  2. Describe your process, with any unique techniques or materials, for your final product.


Once the art is accepted, the artist will be eligible to participate in any TAG exhibit. If the work is not accepted, the artist will have the opportunity to join TAG in other membership categories.