June 2, 2023


Without Art It's Really Boring!!!

Knoxville artist Kelly Sullivan represents the Maker Metropolis brand name

3 min read

Carol Z. Shane

Kelly Sullivan is so good at so lots of things inventive that she just can’t define herself as 1 unique variety of artist.

Textiles, display screen printing, encaustic, ceramics, collage, gouache, hand-stitching — it’s a major checklist, creating the software approach to post do the job for an exhibition in accordance to classification to some degree demanding. “It’s really hard to slim it down,” she claims. “I have my hand in a large amount of pots. I enjoy all the things!” 

She’s also a director of the Knoxville Arts & High-quality Crafts Middle (KAFCC), an educator and a member of the Mayor’s Maker Council.

Kelly Sullivan is the dwelling embodiment of “everything, in all places, all at once.” 

“Isn’t that a motion picture or a little something?” she asks. Sullivan does not check out a good deal of flicks. She doesn’t have time.

Kelly Sullivan is photographed at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center in downtown Knoxville's Market Square on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

“I do remain rather active,” she claims. “My title at KFACC is Arts Specialist, Senior. I educate a broad variety of lessons and develop programming. My administration is amazing I really like my task!” Sullivan was appointed to that complete-time leadership role in 2018 by the Metropolis of Knoxville.

“Outside of my purpose at KFACC, I educate at the Cancer Assistance Community of East Tennessee (CSCET) at the time a thirty day period, at Arrowmont College of Arts & Crafts and Mighty Mud.” 

And, of class, she makes stuff far too. 

Born in upstate New York and lifted in South Florida, Sullivan was usually artistic.

Textile pieces created by Kelly Sullivan are photographed on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

“I received in difficulty in third quality. My teacher was chubby and I drew her that way. I’m drawing what I see! From that second she had it out for me. I knew by the sixth quality that I required to be an art teacher.” Sullivan acquired a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in printmaking from Florida Atlantic College. She started out as an training main, but right after a brief stint in the university system understood that she wasn’t suited for educational forms. Nomadic by mother nature, she then moved to Atlanta, and was dwelling in Syracuse, N.Y. when she determined to comply with her aspiration of working at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg. She invested two and a fifty percent yrs there as a whole-time personnel member. “I’ve held my connection with them. I instruct there as typically as I can.” An upcoming display at the Faculty, going up the center of this thirty day period and functioning by means of the summer, functions some of her pieces. 

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