Dixie Frets: Luthiers of the Southeast

Dixie Frets:  Luthiers of the Southeast  was an exhibit on the region’s makers of fretted stringed instrument (guitars, banjos, and mandolins), staged at Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum of Art in conjunction with the 1994 National Folk Festival. The exhibit was a joint project of the Tennessee Arts Commission Folk Arts Program and the National Council for the Traditional Arts. The printed catalog, which won an award from the Tennessee Association of Museums, supplemented the exhibit content with an introductory essay by Joe Wilson and a series of artist biographies and photos of the featured makers, contributed by state folklorists of the region. Nine Tennessee luthiers are represented, although some contact information in the catalog is now out-of-date.