Registration is Closed!


Registration is now closed for the 2015 ECU Metals Symposium: Crafting Connections.

Thank you to everyone for your interest and support!

We’ll continue to provide updates on this year’s program here on the blog.


Exhibitions Galore!

So you’ve registered for Symposium, now it time to take the opportunity to show us your work!  Here are the five ways to do it:

number1The Symposium Participants’ Exhibition!  It’s free and the link to submit is in your Symposium confirmation email!


(Number 2) This exhibition will be held at Greenville’s Art Avenue and is curated by ECU alumna Danielle James and BGSU’s Andrew Keubeck.

Naughty Narratives Prospectus


Pay homage to a teacher or mentor in this show brought to you by ECU’s Dru Patrick and Phil Ambrose!



The Symposium Co-chairs; Alison Bailey, Mary Klacza and Sarah Loch-Test; are encouraging you to collaborate with another artist!

Four Hands are Better Than Two Prospectus


Material Matters: Process to Product asks artists to show the behind-the-scenes of art making.  Alumna Mariah Lee Ross is putting this show together for us!

Call For Entries- Material Matters

Concrete Ideas


Demitra Thmoloudis will be demonstrating how to create hollow objects in concrete.  Silicone mold making, powder coating, resin, and acrylic surface techniques will also be covered.

About Demitra:

Demitra Thomloudis is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. In August 2014 she concluded a 12-month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Demitra received her MFA from San Diego State University and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Demitra’s work is exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include New Traditional Jewellery “Confrontations”  Netherlands; 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial;, Galerie Marzee International Graduate Exhibition, Netherlands; Suspend(ed) in Pink, an international exhibition which traveled to Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Paris, and the USA; CHAIN project at A CASA, Museum of Brazilian Object in São Paulo, Brazil; and La Fontera which debuted at Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City and traveled within U.S. courtesy Velvet Da Vinci Gallery.  Publications include 500 Plastic and Resin Jewelry and 500 Enameled Objects published by Lark Books, The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin: Techniques, Projects and Inspiration and most recently in 2014 Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches, and Pin Stems, By Lorena Argulo and published by Schiffer.

Hot Patinas!

If you dabble in sculpture you don’t want to miss this workshop!

Nourish Schwartz

Chip will demonstrate hot patina techniques on bronze and give a presentation of projects he has worked on at Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry. Working on with the foundry has afforded him a glimpse into a side of the art world most never see, a world at the intersection of art and craft, while allowing him to forge the connections that help him to fulfill his own artistic interests.

ChipSchwartzAbout Chip:

Chip Schwartz lives and works in Beacon, NY, where he is the owner of Schwartz Metal Arts. In addition to doing one of a kind jewelry, flatware, and both functional and sculptural hollowware in his Beacon studio, Chip teaches jewelry and metalsmithing classes to groups and individuals. He also works as a patineur and finisher at the renowned Polich Tallix Art Foundry, in Rock Tavern, NY, where he has had the opportunity to work on pieces for the likes of Martin Puryear, Tom Otterness, Richard Prince, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Michelle Oka-Doner, and many others.  Chip holds an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University, and has taught classes and workshops at several colleges, universities, and art centers.

The Nature in Metalsmithing

Obsession with nature and the environment has a long tradition in art.  “Second Nature” looks past the ingrained cultural mythology of redemption and beauty in nature as its sole aesthetic purpose, to explore deeper connections between ancient traditions and contemporary form.  The impulse to fill empty space with patterned versions of nature, from Islamic architectural embellishment, to 19th century Victorian ornamentation, to the self-replicating systems of Cellular Automaton, reveals the deep human obsession to categorize and control the unruly natural world which ultimately, and with great ingenuity, completely reinvents itself.

Beverly Penn

About Beverly:

The impulse to arrange the wild variety of the natural world to fit an intellectual symmetry is a fundamental human urge. Beverly Penn’s sculpture speaks to the power of this desire.   Her work explores the contradicting need to both idealize and modify the natural environment.

Beverly Penn was born in Baltimore and now lives and works in Austin. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy; a Connemara Conservancy Artist Grant; grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and a Fulbright Fellowship in Barcelona, Spain. She has also received nine Texas State University Faculty Research Grants involving research in Mexico, Italy, Spain, and New York.

Beverly’s sculptures are included in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Austin Museum of Art; the Racine Art Museum; the El Paso Museum of Art; and the Monarch Center for Contemporary Art in Washington.   She has been commissioned for several Public Art Projects, including Unity in Diversity in Las Cruces, NM; the Community Core Sample Project and the ThresholdProject with Steve Wiman in Austin, TX; the Natives Project at Whole Foods in Austin, TX; and the 719 Ash Hilton Hotel in San Diego. She is a Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University. McMurtrey Gallery in Houson, William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth and Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix represent her work.

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Being Here: A Lecture on Jewelry History


The genre of jewelry is defined in its presumed relationship to human anatomy and is a highly mobile form of interactive art at once both personal and public in meaning and manifestation. It is dependent on the body for context and interpretation but at the same time brings meanings of its own to bear on the understanding of that body. The “places” of cultural geography are the embodiment of location, locale and sense of place. The social construction of “place” requires both meaning and materiality. This talk will consider examples of historic and contemporary works that exemplify the cultural construction of identity through personal adornment in relationship to the idea of place, including pilgrimage badges of the middle ages, cameos in the court of Napoleon Bonaparte, nineteenth century micro-mosaic jewelry and the work of a global selection of contemporary makers.

Ana lopez

About Ana:

Ana M. Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. Her creative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has lectured extensively on her metal work and led creative workshops at numerous institutions. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published in the Spring of 2009 by Greenwood Press, as well as many other scholarly articles. She organized the 2007 international biennial exhibition of the Enamelist Society, chaired the 2010 Education Dialogue for the Society of North American Goldsmiths annual conference, served as a Beta Site Testing Faculty for the textbook Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, and is the juror for the 2015 “Materials Hard & Soft” national exhibition.  She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art as well as an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. Ana is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches The History of Craft.