Call for Artists: “C Is For Clarksville on the Cumberland”

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council is announcing a call for artists to provide illustrations for their forthcoming alphabet-art book, C Is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.

C Is for Clarksville on the Cumberland will highlight the history, culture, environment, and geography that make up the city’s rich and unique heritage. Proceeds from the book will be used for community projects that highlight Clarksville’s vibrant arts activities and rich cultural heritage.

Letter entries for this alphabet-art book have been selected (see list below). The next phase is the call to artists. Artwork will be the focal point of the book and allows AHDC to showcase the talent of Clarksville artists as the text reminds residents of Clarksville’s history and culture.

Artists interested in having their work featured in the publication C is for Clarksville on the Cumberland should submit by April 19 three images of previous work that clearly show the style and medium that will be used on the assigned book illustration. They may also list three to five letter categories they would prefer to illustrate.

All media are encouraged, including paintings, drawings, photography, fabric art or photographs of a 3-D piece. A panel will select 26 artists for the publication and will assign each artist a letter category to illustrate.

Artists are asked to apply by e-mail to with digital files (PDF or JPEG) no larger than 1700 dpi or by mailing images of their work to AHDC, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041. Each entry should include name, mailing address, phone number and email.

Selected artists will be notified by April 25. They will have until July 8 to complete artwork.

For more information, contact Ellen Kanervo, AHDC executive director, at or 931-551-8870.

Letter categories:

  • A is Aviation. (This entry may include Outlaw Field, John F, Outlaw, Women who trained at Outlaw Field and flew missions during WWII.)
  • B is Black Hawk Corn Sheller.
  • C is Customs House. (This entry will discuss the building’s history as a customs house, post office and museum.)
  • D is Dunbar Cave.
  • E is East End. (African American business area between 9th, Franklin, and College streets, may also include Burt School)
  • F is Forts. (Civil War era Fort Defiance, Fort Clark, Fort Terry)
  • G is Governors. (Austin Peay and Wylie Blount)
  • H is Home Infirmary. (When Dr. Robert T. Burt opened the Home Infirmary on March 6, 1906, it was the first and only hospital in Clarksville until 1916.)
  • I is iron. (Although the iron furnaces were located out in the county, many iron masters lived in Clarksville and a foundry has operated in Clarksville from 1847 to the present.)
  • J is Cave Johnson. (US postmaster general who initiated use of the postage stamp)
  • K is Karst. (limestone topography which leads to sinkholes and caves)
  • L is L & N Railroad.
  • M is Military.
  • N is Newspapers. (Leaf Chronicle is oldest newspaper in Tennessee, combining two earlier names, Clarksville Chronicle and Tobacco Leaf Semi-Weekly.)
  • O is Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships.
  • P is Paddlewheelers. (Clarksville’s location at the junction of two rivers has enhanced its economy.)
  • Q is Queen City. (Although the origins of this nickname are obscure, the name certainly speaks to the city’s rich cultural heritage—famous Clarksvillians have excelled in theatre, literature, music and art.)
  • R is Wilma Rudolph.
  • S is Spires. (Churches, some with spires, some without, have shaped this community’s social and moral culture. Another prominent spire downtown is the Montgomery County Courthouse.)
  • T is Tobacco. (This entry will discuss dark-fired tobacco and its impact on Clarksville’s culture and economy.)
  • U is University. (This entry will discuss Austin Peay State University.)
  • V is Valentine Sevier. (This Revolutionary War hero established Sevier Station in Clarksville in the 1700s.)
  • W is Robert Penn Warren. (Warren rode the train from Guthrie to Clarksville to attend Clarksville High. This entry may also include the Southern Renaissance in literature and its connections to Clarksville.)
  • X is Exits 1, 4, 8, 11. (Getting to Clarksville has come a long way from the days of flatboats and buffalo traces to cars cruising at 70 mph down the Interstate.)
  • Y is Yuchi Indian Culture. (This Native American culture flourished in the area from Illinois through Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee long before Europeans came into the region. This entry may also discuss earlier Mississippian Culture.)
  • Z is Zinc. (Clarksville zinc smelters furnish a large percentage of all zinc in the US.)

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