Appalachian Center for Craft hosting exhibition of artist Jennifer Bueno 

COOKEVILLE – Artist Jennifer Bueno’s exhibition, “Call and Response” will be on display in the Lakeview Gallery at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, Feb. 25 – April 25.

Bueno grew up in Seneca, S.C. She attended Rhode Island School of Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass, and she has earned two Masters of Fine Arts, one from Bard College in sculpture and one from Alfred University in glass.

Her work uses glass to describe the ineffable feeling of connection we have to our surroundings and the beings and objects we encounter. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She has been a resident artist at Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass and was a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts.

She is also a designer for Bueno Glass, a company she and her husband, Thor Bueno, formed in 2004. They have two children and live in the mountains in Penland, N.C.

“I use glass to explore the ineffable feeling that arises as I interact with the world,” Bueno said. “It is like an invisible realm where an emotional response is visible. It is also a place where the singular and the entirety shift in and out of balance. For example, the balance of human(s) and climate, animals and their altered habitats, humans and the world that they are changing. Sometimes we merge with our surroundings or with beings or even objects. At other times we diverge and see our surroundings as separate, even objects. Sometimes we are overtaken by our surroundings. Often, we do the overtaking. What imprint do we make just by being in a shared space? Where does that space end? Where do we begin, and where do we end? Those questions come to mind with every encounter.”

The Lakeview Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located at 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville.

Michelle Price is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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