Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Photograph Collection

Roger Smith poses with a diorama of a baseball diamond with figures hand-carved from peach seeds, Culleoka, TN, 2001.

The Tennessee Arts Commission established its Folk Arts Program in 1984. From the beginning, program director Dr. Robert Cogswell photographed artists, sites, and events related to program activities. These items are a small sampling of approximately 22,000 images that document folkways and unique Tennessee styles, characters, and art.