Teacher Spotlight: Carrie Pendergrass
Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet. We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better.
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 young to adult, upon her return to Chattanooga in 1998. She eventually decided to go to back 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/ art gallery via the River City Company’s Project Pop Up initiative program. She had to close her brick & mortar store, Sewn to the Sky, at the beginning of this year, but is still making art and doing freelance art instruction, whilst trying to find a job that she loves in the arts field.
Carrie will be teaching us about pinhole photography! More here.
How did you get started in your profession?
Although I concentrated on painting in college, I also fell in love with traditional black and white photography and printmaking. When I was fresh out of art school, I landed a gig painting images of cd album covers for a Record Store in Knoxville, TN. that were installed on the outside of the building for promotional purposes. I also worked at a place there called Thompson Photo where I was further exposed to photography products and techniques. I have been making art and teaching art in all sorts of capacities ever since.
Why do you love Chattanooga?
Unlike many folks who call themselves Chattanoogans, I was actually born here and have lived here for most of my life. I have been a first-hand witness to its evolution from a predominantly industrial no man’s land to the beautiful scenic “too big for its britches” little-city-that-could metropolis that it has become/is becoming. It's where I'm comfortable, and I'll always call it "home."
What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?
I would love to take a screen-printing class. I have very little experience with that technique and I’d love to learn more!
What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?
I have always wanted to do some acting. One of my fantasies is to be able to play a corpse on a crime show:)