Symposium Presenters Extended part 14

Hi everyone, The last of our previews introduces James Thurman. Biography Fascinated with how the method of presentation and display affects the perception of the object, my recent work uses the format of a natural history museum as a vehicle for cultural critique.  In my “Ancient Artifacts of the 21st Century” installation, I use objects … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 14

Symposium Presenters extended part 13

Hello everyone, Our apologies for the delay.  Our resident blogger has been under the weather and is still catching up. Today we'd like to introduce two fabulous presenters: Dianne Reilly and Joost During.  (Pronounced Yoast, like toast.) First Dianne-- Biography Dianne earned her Master of Fine Arts, concentrating in Jewelry and Metals, from the University … Continue reading Symposium Presenters extended part 13

Tongue in Cheek Exhibition Preview

Hi Everyone, This is just a heads up that we are waiting on a few more replies from our presenters regarding workshop descriptions and biographies so the presenter's previews we be on hold for a little bit.  However, we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the exciting exhibitions that will … Continue reading Tongue in Cheek Exhibition Preview

Symposium Presenters Extended part 13

Hi Everyone, This morning we'd like to introduce you to John Stuart Gordon. Biography John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. He received a B.A in Art History from Vassar College, a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 13

Symposium Presenters Extended part 12

Hi everyone, Next we'd like to introduce you to Jennifer Wells. Biography Jennifer Wells completed her M.F.A in Jewelry Design from East Carolina University in 2010. She was the metals artist in resident at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN for 2010-2011, after which she moved to Columbia, NC for a two … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 12

Symposium Presenters Extended Part 11

Hi Everyone, We'd now like to introduce you to Alison Baxter. Biography Alison Baxter is an artist and program coordinator for the artist's residency program of West Dean College in Chichester, England.  Her work can be seen in a number of galleries across the UK, such as the Southhampton Art Gallery, The Platform Gallery, Samson … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended Part 11

Symposium Presenters Extended Part 10

Hello everyone, Now we'd like to introduce you to Kathryn Osgood. Biography Kathryn Osgood is a studio jeweler, enamelist and assistant professor at College of The Albemarle in Manteo, NC. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and her Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University. Her fabricated and … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended Part 10

Symposium Presenters extended part 9

Good morning, Today we'd like to introduce you to Carrie Longley. Biography Carrie Longley is a studio artist and educator.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University East.  She holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  Her artwork investigates the relationship … Continue reading Symposium Presenters extended part 9

Symposium Presenters Extended part 8

Good evening everyone, Now we'd like to introduce Rachel Timmins. Biography Rachel Timmins currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she will complete her MFA in Studio Art at Towson University in 2012.  She is a native of Buffalo, NY, where she received her BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design in 2009.   Rachel’s work speaks about … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 8

2013 – Symposium Presenters Extended part 7

Good morning everyone, Today we'd like to introduce you to Gary Schott. Biography I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and currently reside in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to my role as the Chair of the Jewelry/Metals Department at the Southwest School of Art, I maintain my own studio practice. I earned … Continue reading 2013 – Symposium Presenters Extended part 7

Symposium Presenters extended part 6

Hi Everyone, Now we'd like to introduce you to Loring Taoka. Biography Loring Taoka’s points of departure are ambiguity and otherness, utilizing various approaches to reinterpret everyday items and tropes, creating work that is minimal in form and color. Images and our understandings are subverted, transformed, and re-presented to create a sense of aesthetic arrest, discordance, … Continue reading Symposium Presenters extended part 6

Symposium Presenters Extended part 5

Hi everyone, This morning we would like to introduce you to Jim Cotter. Lecture The life and Times of Cotter My work consists of creating images from a variety of materials not normally associated with jewelry such as steel, concrete, rocks and sought after everyday objects.  By combining non-precious materials with precious materials, used to … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 5

Symposium Presenters extended Part 4

Hi everyone, Now we would like to introduce you to Jillian Moore. Biography Jillian Moore currently maintains a home studio in Iowa City, IA where she completed her MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts at the University of Iowa in 2008. She received her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making from Western Illinois University in … Continue reading Symposium Presenters extended Part 4

Symposium Presenters Extended part 3

Hi Everyone, Now we'd like to introduce you to Christina Miller. Biography Christina Miller is the director and co-founder of Ethical Metalsmiths (EM). Ethical Metalsmiths, founded in 2004, leads jewelers and consumers in becoming informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development and verified, ethical sources of materials used in making jewelry. In collaboration with … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 3

Symposium Presenters Extended part 2

Hi Everyone, Next we'd like to introduce you to Autumn Brown. Biography Autumn Brown is a native of Augusta, Ga.  Having jewelers and ceramicists in her family, there was inspiration to work with similar creative processes, and a college jewelry class solidified the thought.  She now holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from the University of … Continue reading Symposium Presenters Extended part 2

Symposium presenters extended part 1

Hi everyone, This is the first installment of our symposium presenters extended description.  First up is our Keynote speaker  Keith Lewis. Keith A. Lewis Biography Keith Lewis received his BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1981 and his MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 1993. He … Continue reading Symposium presenters extended part 1

2013 Symposium Presenters

Hi Everyone,We are exceptionally excited to introduce Material Topics: Making Marks presenters.  They are as follows:Lectures:Keith Lewis (keynote)John Stewart GordonAlison BaxterChristina MillerJim CotterRachel Timmins Workshops:Jillian MooreLoring TaokaKathryn OsgoodCarrie LongleyGary SchottDianne Reilly and Joost DuringJennifer WellsAutumn Brown  Over the next week we will be providing detailed introductions along with workshop and lecture descriptions.  All of this will culminate … Continue reading 2013 Symposium Presenters

Four years of Material Topics

Hello everyone, Wow.  Its hard for me to believe that this January will mark the fourth Material Topics symposium.  The last three years have seen so many wonderful moments, moments of inspiring lectures, fascinating demonstrations, and uplifting camaraderie.  It is with great pride that we announce our fourth symposium Material Topics: Making Marks. The symposium … Continue reading Four years of Material Topics