It is with great excitement that I announce I have accepted an assistant professor position in jewelry and metalsmithing at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. I will be relocating to Denver, Colorado and begin teaching at the university this fall!
Exhibition dates: April 20 – May 26, 2018
with an opening reception April 20, 6 – 9 pm
There will be an Artist Panel discussion as well as a onsite recording of the Perceived Value podcast at the opening reception.
Join us Friday, April 20 from 6 – 9pm for the opening of Sirens: New Works by the JV Collective.
To tempt, to seduce, to bewitch, to entrap, to wink, to flash, to caution, to scream. The duality of Sirens conjures vivid images that can be linked to the powerful capabilities of jewelry. Sirens is a collection of new work from the JV Collective, a group of six female artists based in Philadelphia. Together they create a diverse range of work which becomes unified and connected through the multiplicitous nature and concept of the siren. The spectrum of work includes surreal creatures which create their own mythology, works that seduce through their compelling use of line, texture, or sensual materials, works thatshout and signal in vibrant colors using bold graphic imagery and works that alert and call attention to inequity and prejudice. The image of a siren as a powerful woman is evident as the members of the JV Collective explore the nature of femininity, feminism, and the female form.
JV Collective is:
Melanie Bilenker, Leslie Boyd, Sarah Rachel Brown, Emily Cobb,
Maria Eife, Mallory Weston
My studio JV Collective will be exhibiting new works during Munich Jewellery Week 2018 in an exhibition called Sirens.
If you will be in Munich this year please drop by!
Body of Work: Contemporary Art Jewelry on the Body is a collaborative project between the Baltimore Jewelry Center and the Google Cultural Institute. It is available online and features several piece of my work.
"In Body of Work: Contemporary Art Jewelry on the Body contemporary jewelers, metalsmiths, and sculptors who make work that alters, compliments, or draws attention to the body are showcased. This exhibition was conceived and curated by staff of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, a metals and jewelry community education space in Baltimore, Maryland. Within the exhibition the work has been divided into three sections: the Mimicked Body, the Manipulated Body, and the Material Body. Work within these categories might explore ideas of the body as architectural structure or framework, adornment as a means of attraction or a declaration of status, the landscape of the body (including unusual placements, the capturing of gestures, the focus on the body and its functions), the internal versus external body, the protection or defense of the body, the gendered body, etc."
My students at Towson University, alongside Montgomery College and the Baltimore Jewelry Center, have spent the fall semester working on the Radical Jewelry Makeover Project. The culmination of their hard work and research will be on view at the Baltimore Jewelry Center from November 10, 2017 through February 3, 2018. Check it out!
Radical Jewelry Makeover: Baltimore/New Works is an exhibition celebrating the culmination of Radical Jewelry Makeover: Baltimore, a community jewelry mining and recycling project that draws attention to the creativity and skills of local jewelers and designers and encourages people to consider their habits of consumption. RJM examines the stories behind our collections and breathes new life into unwanted or discarded jewelry. Ten thousand pieces of unwanted, broken, and discarded jewelry were donated by 128 individual donors and then local artists “mined” the donated jewelry as source materials to make new pieces. Sales of jewelry from the exhibition will benefit Ethical Metalsmiths and the Baltimore Jewelry Center.
My work will be exhibited alongside some other amazing artist at Brooklyn Metal Works for their exhibition Icons at Play. It is on view from October 7-November 30.
I will be giving an artists talk in conjunction with the show on October 8th at 1pm.
I work in a shared studio space with a group of four other jewelers called the JV Collective. Take a look at this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer to learn a little bit about us!
I will be exhibiting in Munich this year for Jewelry Week!
American Gothic shows works by a new generation of young American artists, designers, and jewelers. Seeded in metalsmithing tradition, each artist uses materials in a way that is decisively their own, reflecting their won take on contemporary culture. While looking forward, this show is firmly grounded in the now; it is a coming-out party, a sweet 16, a presentation of New Americana.