The newest issue of Metalsmith magazine hit newsstands across North America this month with its “Exhibition in Print 2015 – Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction.” Imagine how stoked I am to be included in the company of some of the finest talents in our field of metalsmithing, jewelry and sculpture. Guest curated by Wendy Steiner (Richard L. Fisher Professor of English Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania and published author of several books on the topic of beauty), this unique insight into metal artists is based upon the ideal that beauty is not only an observation through our eyes – but an interaction or participatory experience in the viewer. This issue is released annually in both print and digital online subscription and has become almost a “bible” to the field of metals/jewelry over the last twenty years, as a different curator or juror(s) selects the artwork to be featured both pictorially and in essay each year.
Guest Curator Wendy Steiner selected thirty-four artists based not only in North America, but also practitioners currently living in Taiwan, Israel, Ireland, U.K./London and Nigeria. I am thrilled to have two of my Widget Lockets (No. 2 and No. 5) featured on page 18. Steiner brings an entirely new “read” on my use of Victorian-era jewelry being brought into the age of technology and Twitter. Any metalsmith, contemporary jeweler with a studio practice or student pursuing a degree in metals/jewelry should look into becoming a member of the SNAG organization, which also includes a subscription to Metalsmith magazine. I’ve found exhibition opportunities to apply and show my work from reading the weekly email newsletters sent to members, including the juried Soulcology in Metal exhibition in Connecticut last year.
In addition, the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) located in Asheville, North Carolina hosted an invitational, on-site exhibition this past July 31st – August 22nd, 2015 featuring Metalsmith magazine’s annual Exhibition In Print sponsored by SNAG; this exhibition at CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery was organized by curator Wendy Steiner in tandem with CCCD’s Assistant Director, Marilyn Zapf. I feel extremely fortunate to have been invited to exhibit both of my lockets featured in the magazine at such a prestigious institution and scholarly atmosphere, along with twenty other multi-talented artists that included Jill Bonovitz, Tom Muir, Sophia Park, Nick Dong, Jennifer Crupi, Brian Weissman and more. Coincidentally, Crupi and Weissman, along with myself, are all alums of the Metal Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, located in the gorgeous and culturally-rich Hudson Valley of upstate New York.
So, if you’re not one of the millions trekking to New York City or Philadelphia to see Pope Francis this weekend, pick up a copy of this magazine for a good read!
Images used appear courtesy of Metalsmith magazine and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Any recommendations of organizations mentioned in this blog post are solely my own choice and opinions, and I receive no compensation for any endorsements.