2023 Master Artists and Apprentices 

John Brooks, Sr., master and John Brooks, Jr., apprentice. Chessboard Making and Woodworking. Johnson City, TN.* 

Marcella Buis, master and Donald Simonton, apprentice. Gourd Art and Carving. Morristown, TN.* 

Trenton Caruthers, master and Emma Tinch, apprentice. Traditional Music of the Cumberland Plateau. Cookeville, TN.* 

Manuel Delgado, master and Lila Delgado, apprentice. Stringed Instrument Making. Nashville, TN. 

Lynn Dudenbostel, master and Gil Draper, apprentice. Carved Top Mandolin Making. Maryville and Knoxville, TN.

Tim Graves, master and Amelia Brown, apprentice. Graves-Style Dobro Playing. Lebanon and Springfield, TN. 

Kelle Jolly, master and Nayeema Hoffman, apprentice. Appalachian Blues. Johnson City and Knoxville, TN.* 

Sharon Owen, master and Kennedy Owen, apprentice. Choctaw Language. Halls, TN. 

Seemi Rizvi, master and Fizza Abidi, apprentice. Traditional Henna Art. Nashville, TN. 

Billy Roberson, master and Joshua Roberson, apprentice. Tennessee River Netmaking. Eva and Camden, TN. 

Eric Strong, master and Gracie Strong, apprentice. Flint Marble Making. Celina, TN.*

Eduardo Tellez, master and Moises Rodriguez, apprentice. Danza Azteca Drum Making. Memphis, TN. 

*These teams are funded through a special partnership with the South Arts’ initiative In These Mountains: Central Appalachian Folk Art & Culture