Introducing 2017 Symposium Presenter: Dustin Farnsworth

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Dustin Farnsworth has gained national recognition for his intricate sculptures, captivating audiences through a mastery of craft, material, and storytelling. His work engages the viewer in an inner dialogue on the drama of life and death, suffering and redemption. Since completion of an undergraduate degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2010, his work has appeared in over 50 exhibitions nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Cameron Art Museum and the Huntsville Museum of Art. With the support of grants and fellowships, Farnsworth has continued his studio practice at a number of residencies including the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, the University of Wisconsin Madison, Penland School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. For the first 5 months of 2017, Farnsworth will call the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte, NC both studio and home while working on a new project supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

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Lecture: The Devils Work

 Beginning in the golden age of jazz, this lecture will weave the meteoric rise and tumultuous fall of the automotive empire with the evolution of my own studio practice as it shifted from a craft focus to societal commentary. A range of personal influences from product design to auteur filmmakers will provide insight to my work while details of process will demystify the construction of complex forms, commonly misidentified as ceramics or metals. I will speak about how the perception of my role as an artist continues to evolve, detailing exciting new projects that push beyond comfort zones. As an outlier in a symposium of metalsmiths, this lecture will also examine the importance of a jewelers’ attention to detail, both within technique and studio practice.

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