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. She’s 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 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 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 currently the Gallery Director for the H*Art Gallery, and has been there for over 2.5 years. She has also been teaching art to 2nd grade public school students through an Arts Build grant-funded Artist-in-Residency Program since 2016 in addition to other freelance art instruction and creating and showing her work in local and regional shows and galleries. 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.