Lives in Chattanooga
Chattanooga-born artist, Carrie Pendergrass, received her B.F.A. degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting from the University of TN. Knoxville in 1997. Ever since then, she’s been working as a freelance artist and in creative work environments.
She began teaching art in various public and private capacities to age groups from child to adult, upon her return to Chattanooga in 1998. She decided to further pursue a career in art education 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 in the middle and high school levels until 2012, when she left full-time teaching to pursue her dream of owning her own handmade–goods store / art studio & gallery.
She was able to do so by winning her place into a small business grant initiative via the River City Company’s “Project Pop Up” program. She was the sole owner and operator of her downtown shop, Sewn to the Sky, for approximately 2.5 years. She closed her brick & mortar store at the end of 2014/ beginning of 2015 but has continued making and showing her art and doing freelance art instruction.
She is the Gallery Director 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 make and sell their work, and provides art classes and other art opportunities to various disadvantaged populations in the community. She has been teaching art to 2nd grade public school students through an Arts Build grant-funded Artist-in-Residency Program since 2017 in, addition to other freelance art instruction through Townsend Atelier, Hart Gallery, private instruction, etc.
She was the selected poster design artist for Chattanooga’s nationally-recognized 4 Bridges Arts Festival in both 2016 & 2017, in addition to winning a Juror’s prize in 2017, which was her first year as an exhibitor. She continues to create and show her work in local and regional shows and galleries.