HCC students participate in American Craft Council program

By Haywood Community College | Apr 04, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo. HCC professional crafts fiber student Laura Magdycz (pictured left) talks with attendees at the American Craft Show recently in Atlanta. HCC was the School-to-Market partner for the show.

ATLANTA, Georgia — Haywood Community College Professional Crafts students recently participated in the School-to-Market Program at the American Craft Council’s American Craft Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

During this three-day event, participants visit high-quality American craft booths from over 250 artists of contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor.

HCC’s Professional Crafts program was the School-to-Market partner for the Atlanta show.

According to its website, the American Craft Council’s School-to-Market Program partners with institutions across the country to provide students with unmatched exposure to craft audiences and offer insight into wider handmade marketplace.

The program bridges the gap between craft curriculum in higher education and the marketplace by providing undergraduate students, graduate students and residency artists a more public venue for a curated, collective exhibition of their work.

HCC’s Professional Crafts program has been invited to participate in the show three times as one of just a few community colleges taking part alongside very reputable four-year art schools.

HCC students who participated include Abigail Ahlberg, Ben Brower, Maris Buttacavoli, Gwen Casebeer, Tony Embrey, Sarah Greene, April Grist, Mariah Harris, Kelly Jones, Janessa Knotts, Sienna Kocherhans, Lindsey Liden, Laura Magdycz, Mary Odom, Jennifer Peek, Rhonda Robinson, Jesse Sawyer, David Seigmyrem, Nicholas Swann, Allison Taylor and Addy Wygmans.

Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to provide accessible and affordable high-quality education, workforce training and lifelong learning. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, productive greenhouses, a dahlia garden, an orchard garden, working vegetable gardens and a rhododendron garden.

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