A! Magazine for the Arts

New Book Highlights Tennessee's Folk Heritage

November 2, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN -- Just in time for the holidays, the Tennessee Arts Commission has announced the publication of Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies, a beautiful photography book highlighting the state's folk heritage.

The hard-back book features 25 profiles of folk arts subjects across Tennessee who preserve arts and culture distinctive to their families, communities, or places. The inspiration for the project draws on 25 years of field work experience by Dr. Robert Cogswell, Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program.

Nashville photographer Dean Dixon provided images that compliment Cogwell's expressive essays. He traveled across the state over a period of a year and a half and photographing the subjects in their homes and communities and has provided stunning images for both the book and the companion exhibit.

The project testifies to the strength and diversity of Tennessee's grassroots cultural life, and to the importance of everyday people who continue to sustain its art forms and practices through their mastery and dedication.

The book is available from the Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) online store and sells for $49.95, including shipping and handling.