Artist In Residence Program

Enhancing the Arts in Williamson County Schools

Plans for Fall 2013 are underway.
Interested artists, please contact Julie Westall,

If you or your business is interested in supporting the Artist in Residence Program
please contact the Arts Council at 615-428-3845,
or Julie at

About the Program:

Starting spring semester 2012, three Williamson County Schools participated in the Arts Council's Artist in Residence Program.  With support from Williams N. Rollins Fund for the Arts, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the goal is to one day, have an Artist in Residence Program in all Williamson County elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Sharon Ensminger, taught native American finger weaving with teacher Elizabeth Ingrish, to students K-5, April 20 - 26 at Grassland Elementary School. 
  • Stephen Graham, taught printmaking with art teacher Patricia Hickman,  April 16- 20 at Longview Elementary School.  
  • Vicki Jett Terry, a retired college art professor, worked with Laura Rheinlander of Franklin High School.  Some of the student works were on display the evening of May 3rd at the Franklin High School Arts Celebrations. 

“I wanted to thank you for the great experience we had with artist Vicki Jett Terry at Franklin High School. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students and myself to learn her techniques and work with a different medium. I would love to work with you again in the future to have other artists in residence at FHS. It provided such a unique experience for the students to work from and see a different point of view. Thank you for your generosity in providing the funding for this wonderful program and setting up the artist. I truly appreciate it and know that this is an experience that not all schools get to have.”

Laura S. Rheinlander, Franklin High School

 The William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts was established in 2002.  Bill Rollins' passion was the breathtaking and intricate collages he created from origami paper. A Nashville native, Bill graduated from University School, attended college in Massachusetts, and then lived in Boston working in art galleries, staging art shows and painting. After returning to Nashville to further pursue his artistic dream, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He worked with his family and his advisors to create a legacy for himself and a continuing source of funding for the arts he loved.

Artist in Residence Program

Teachers, if you have pictures of the artwork created in your A.I.R. program, please email them to