Brent Skidmore

Collaborative Co-founder of STEAM Studio; Public Arts & Humanities Chair; Professor of Art & Art History

Contact Information

  • 828-250-2390
  • 207 Owen Hall

While Brent’s background is in sculpture, he primarily makes studio furniture these days when he is not directing the Craft Studies programming at UNC Asheville and in the Asheville community. He has been teaching in many capacities for 20 years at universities and many of the craft programs across the nation such as Penland, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch, and Peter’s Valley. After being out on his own running Brent Skidmore Studio for seven years, he returned in 2004 to teaching at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2007, he accepted the Directorship of the UNC Asheville Craft Studies Initiative.

He has shown his work extensively across the nation, Finland, and most recently internationally in Dubai, UAE. Exhibitions of Brent’s personal work have included the Smithsonian Craft Show and SOFA-Chicago. The work of Brent’s students has been included in the American Craft Council show in Baltimore and the International Exhibition of Office Furniture in Dubai.

Along with his commitment to his family, studio work and educational positions, he serves as an advocate for craft education, scholarship, and the professional development of young artist.


  • MFA, Sculpture
    Indiana University
  • BFA, Sculpture
    Murray State Univeristy

Courses Taught

  • Art 133: Three-Dimensional Design
  • Art 144: Foundation Drawing
  • Art 246: Sculpture I
  • Art 346: Sculpture II
  • Art 347: Sculpture III
  • Art 446: Sculpture IV
  • Arts 310: Crafting Community with Teens
  • Arts 373: Craft Studies and Sustainable Campus Design
  • Art 490: Senior Exhibitions I
  • Art 491: Senior Exhibitions II

Professional Interests

Brent serves as a board member for both the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

Recent Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2015, Reflection: Silver Anniversary, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville NC
  • 2014Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, Jurors, David McFadden and Bruce Pepich,
  • 2014Craft Hilton Head, Art League of Hilton Head, SCJuror, Wally Smith,
  • 2014Handcrafted, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Juror, Anthony Ulinski, Best of Show Award
  • 2014Annual Faculty Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC
  • 2013Craft Hilton Head, Art League of Hilton Head, SC, Juror, Susie Chisholm, Best of Show Award
  • 2013Annual Faculty Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC
  • 2012Craft as Object, Asheville, NC, Juror, Marthe LeVan, former editor of Lark Books, HandMade in America
  • 2012, Celebration: Art, Design Craft, Auction of Contemporary America Craft, The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC
  • 2010Annual Faculty Exhibition, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC
  • 2009Annual Faculty Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC
  • 2007Annual Faculty Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC

Invitational Exhibitions:

  • 2016, Solo ExhibitionBalance, Benefit, Boundaries: a selection of new sculptures and furniture, 
    Progressive Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte’s City Center Building, Charlotte, NC
  • 2014, The In Crowd, Grovewood’s Studio Artists Exhibition, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
  • 2014, Show and Tell, Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools, TAPAS Artists, 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC
  • 2014, The Winter Show at Greenhill, Greenhill a Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
  • 2013Brothers: Non Blood Kin, Three-man exhibition of Skidmore, Dustin Farnsworth and Timothy Maddox, Milliken Art Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2012Your Personal Hang-ups, Curator, Gail Brown, Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2011Counterparts, Invitational of Seven Southeast Regional artists, Blue Spiral 1 gallery, Asheville, NC
  • 2011A Wood Collector’s Home, Curator, Sherry Masters, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
  • 2010, Out of the Board Room & Into the Studio, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Hendersonville, NC
  • 2009, Magic Realism/Material Culture, Curator, Ron Humbertson, Wood Turning Center, ]Philadelphia, PA
  • 2009, Cedarhurst Wood Project, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL
  • 2009Generously Odd: Craft Now, Curator, Allison Kaiser, Lexington Arts League, Loundoun House, Lexington, KY
  • 2009A Perfect Marriage: Wood and Color, Curator, Paul W. Richelson, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2008Possibilities: Rising Starts of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina, Curator, Rob Williams, Mint Museum of Art & Design, Charlotte, NC
  • 2008Doors of Asheville, Curator, Amanda Meyers, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc., Asheville, NC
  • 2008Food for Thought, Curator, Alice Sebrell, Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC
  • 2008Past & Present: Celebrating Two Centuries of North Carolina Decorative Arts, Barton College Art Galleries, Wilson, NC and Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery, Tarboro, NC
  • 2008Tribute to Fleur Bresler: Celebrating Twenty-One Years, VisArts at Rockville, Rockville, MD
  • 2008Furniture Society Conference 08, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
  • 2007The Artful Home Show, The Guild, Inc., New York, NY
  • 200722nd Annual Benefit Auction, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
  • 2006-07Urban Institute for Contemporary Artists, Lansing, MI


  • 2015, Inclusion, exhibition catalog, Your Personal Hang-Ups, Exhibition at The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, PA, ISBN 978-07643-4811-2. Pages 76 and 77
  • 2014, Sighting, Staging Sculptural Surprises, Arnold Wengrow, Asheville Citizen Times, Living Section D, March 25, 2014
  • 2014, Best of Show Award in Handcrafted 2014, Juror, Anthony Ulinski, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • 2013, Best of Show Award in Craft Hilton Head 2013, Juror, Susie Chisholm, Art League of Hilton Head, SC
  • 2012, Ironwood II, Invited participant of 25 at Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC2014
  • 2010Wood Art Today 2, Pages 203-205, Jefferey B. Synder, Schiffer Ltd. Publishing, Atglen, PA
  • 2009WNC Magazine, Life/Style section: “Perfect Timing,” GulfStream Communications, Asheville, NC
  • 2008500 Tables, Lark Books, Asheville, NC
  • 2006The Penland Book of Woodworking: Master Classes in Woodworking Technique, Thomas W. Stender, editor. New York: Lark Publishing

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