(NASHVILLE, TENN) May 4, 2017 -- The 43rd annual American Artisan Festival will be held once again on this Father's Day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - June 16, 17 & 18, 2017 in Nashville’s beloved Centennial Park. In addition to presenting the best in fine art and contemporary American handcrafts, fair goers will also enjoy live music by some of Nashville's most talented musicians, free children’s art activities, and more than fifteen fantastic options for food, sweets and treats as well as craft beer, wine and cocktails. Always free to the public, The American Artisan Festival is visited by more than 30,000 local residents and tourists each year and is co-sponsored by the Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation.

"It's funny to me because after being a part of a 43 year old legacy, this is really an entirely new event this year," said Samantha Saturn, Festival Director. "As Nashville has grown in these past few years, The American Artisan Festival too has expanded its vision and will be a much more dynamic art event this year. I'm so excited to bring it back."

Saturn adds, “Bringing back the festival is also about celebrating my mother Nancy Saturn's mission which never changed over 40 years. She showed all of us that connecting with artists, learning about their process and collecting their work feeds the soul." Saturn added, "The Festival has also always been held on Father's Day Weekend, which is a wonderful time to spend time with family, and experience art under the trees in our beautiful newly redesigned Centennial Park."

The festival team has also partnered with Watkins College of Art and Design to create this year’s poster design. This year’s poster will be used as the advertising campaign creative as well.


DATES: June 16 – 18, 2017

HOURS: Friday 4PM - 8PM, Saturday 10AM - 7PM, Sunday 10 - 5PM

LOCATION: The Cockrill Springs section of Centennial Park. The show will fan out around the front lawn and scallop around the perimeter with the music stage, food, beer, and sweet treats set up under the magnolia trees in the center of the park.

ARTIST EXHIBITORS: There will be 150 fine art and contemporary craft artists from around the country representing the highest quality work including painting, photography, mixed media, garden sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, furniture, metal, jewelry, wearables and so much more.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: We are developing our own special artisanal food partnership with local food purveyors which will will highlight the best in local cuisine, local beer and our own curated mix of wine and craft cocktails.

FREE KIDS ART ACTIVITIES: On the hill under the shade of the trees, we plan to have Parnassus's Pegasus team hosting story and craft hours, The Clay Lady will be working with kids on ceramic creations, and Watkins College Community Arts Program creating crafts with kids of all ages. We will also have a few misting tents to make sure all the kids are cool and happy as well.

LIVE MUSIC ALL WEEKEND: We will be producing a three-day musical lineup that features the best in Nashville singer songwriters as well as Americana, Blues, Gospel and more.

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION - GROW LOVE: We will be bringing a first-ever site-specific community based public art project to the great lawn in front of the Parthenon which is entitled GROW LOVE. As a physical bridge between the Parthenon and the Festival, it is intended to be a celebration of the rebuild of the festival and the park, as well as an homage to its founder Nancy Saturn. The work, created by Tracy Ginsberg and Theodore Lillie of Forest Alchemy, will be a 80 foot labyrinth designed in the shape of a Magnolia flower which visitors can physically walk through and leave a written message inside. The installation will show us a new way to experience the park, the Parthenon and the Festival. The installation is hosted in partnership with Metro Parks as well as through a THRIVE grant given to the artists by the Metro Arts Commission of Nashville.