Pegram named director of arts craft center

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center (AACC) announced that Ashley Pegram assumed the position of Executive Director effective Jan. 21.

Pegram will work with the AACC’s Board of Directors and members, as well as community and regional organizations.

AACC is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales and community involvement.

More than 200 members keep traditional crafts alive as well as pursuing exceptional contemporary work in a wide range of disciplines. Juried members sell outstanding hand-made crafts at AACC’s gallery in Clinton.

Classes are available for children and adults in craft skills including weaving, quilting, pottery, stained glass, and others. AACC offers affordable access for members to its in-house weaving and pottery studios.

A 2012 graduate of the East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Pegram has been an active member of AACC for four years.

In addition to her new role with AACC, she will continue to work as a Studio Assistant with McQueen Pottery/Studio 212 Arts in Maryville.

Pegram previously worked for ORNL Federal Credit Union in various positions including involvement with employee wellness programs, employee engagement, and non-profit campaigns for United Way of Anderson County, Sevier County wildfire victims, and American Heart Association of Greater Knoxville. She is also an active volunteer committee member for the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square.

Pegram replaces Katie Aloi who retired. Aloi will continue involvement with the AACC as a lifetime member and volunteer.

For more information contact:

Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway, PO Box 608, Norris, TN 37828