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 has been teaching at Central Washington University since 1994, where he is currently CWU Distinguished Professor.
His jewelry deals with issues of sexual identity, loss, memory and the notion of jewelry as a transportable polemic. It has been widely published and shown both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of significant public and private collections, including the Tacoma Art Museum, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Rotasa Foundation (CA), The Boardman Family Collection (CA), The Porter/Price Collection (NC), the collection of Susan Beech (CA), The Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In addition to his work as an artist and teacher, he has also written for a number of publications including Metalsmith, New Art Examiner and Artweek and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Board.
He wishes that students would give up sleeping and start spending more time in the studio. He hates excuses. His favorite fruit is jaboticaba.
Lecture
“Coalescence: Assisting the Angel of History”

This talk will describe the process by which a diverse and complicated set of references can be incorporated coherently, cohesively and effectively into a piece of craft. Using a recent piece about a nineteenth-century insurrection in Brazil as a model, I will demonstrate how literary, historical, visual and personal elements can be synthesized in order to create an object which prompts analysis, reflection and emotional engagement. The talk will emphasize the richness of a cross-disciplinary approach in the production of creative work and will address content relevant to history, Latin American Studies, literature, political & military science, religious studies, economics, sociology and material culture.

Ok.  Next up will be one of our workshops presenters Autumn Brown and please look for her Bio and workshop description later this evening.

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