Chattanooga-born artist, Carrie Pendergrass, has been making art for as long as she can remember. She received her B.F.A. degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting from the University of TN. Knoxville in 1997 and has been working as a freelance artist and in creative work environments ever since. She began teaching art in various public and private capacities to all age groups from child to adult, upon her return to Chattanooga in 1998. She eventually returned to school and in 2005 received her M.Ed. from the University of TN. Chattanooga, along with a certification to teach art in k-12.
She worked as a full-time art teacher on the middle and high school levels until 2012, when she left teaching to pursue her dream of owning her own store / studio/ gallery & was able to do so by winning a small business grant via the River City Company’s Project Pop Up initiative program. She was the sole owner and operator of her shop for approximately 2.5 years. She had to close her brick & mortar store, Sewn to the Sky, at the end of 2014, but has continued making and showing her art and doing freelance art instruction.
She is currently working for a local non-profit called the H*Art Gallery in Chattanooga, which offers a space for homeless, disabled and other non-traditional artists a place to sell their work, and provides art classes to disadvantaged populations in the community. She is also currently teaching art to 2nd grade public school students on an Arts Build-managed grant funded Artist-in-Residency Program, in addition to other freelance art instruction and creating and showing her work in local and regional shows and galleries.