Emerging Artists Wall Features Ceramics by Karli Pendergraft







During the months of March and April 2018, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space will feature the work of Appalachian State University student, Karli Pendergraft. The exhibit will be on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Located on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

A Meet the Artist Reception will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The reception, which is in conjunction with the Center’s Adult Division Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition Reception and Awards Ceremony,  will be held at the Lucas Mansion from 3pm until 4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.  

Pendergraft describes the show as a body of work, “pivotal for my process as a ceramic artist.”

“Previously I had only made utilitarian objects, so this was my first attempt at creating ceramic sculptures,” the artist shared. “I was able to push through feelings of uncertainty, and explore making nonfunctional forms.”

Karli Pendergraft was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994. She is a candidate to receive her BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University in the spring of 2018. Her current work is sculptural with an emphasis in ceramics, but she has a background as a painter. Pendergraft works intuitively, and allows room for process to inform the direction of her work. Growing up in North Carolina allowed her to cultivate a love for the ocean and the mountains. Although her work is nonrepresentational, her pieces are still inspired by the natural world. She has recently exhibited work in Boone, North Carolina at the Smith Gallery for Art and Design Expo, the Watagua County Public Library, and 3rd Place Boone.

“While making these pieces, I found myself falling into a focused, meditative state. I was able to escape the stressors of life, and enjoy the simple act of creating,” Pendergraft explained.  “This process revealed parts of my identity, including my love for the natural world and my quirky personality.”