I will have work on view at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities for their exhibition Blurring the Line: Form, Function, Design!
Join us to celebrate the opening of the Center's summer exhibition - Blurring The Line: Form, Function, Design! Thursday, June 6, 6 – 9 pm. This opening is free and open to the public!
This exhibition includes works that blur the distinction between form and function. The Main gallery will highlight furniture, ceramics, and lighting, while the Upper and Theatre galleries will highlight wearable items and jewelry. On view June 6- August 25, 2019.
I will be in Munich again this year for Munch Jewellery Week 2019! I am participating in a panel discussion on issues related to intersectionality in contemporary jewellery. I hope that you will join me as we discuss this important topic. Details below!
Current Obsession Social Club: Intersectionality in Contemporary Jewellery
Moderated by Ashley Khirea Wahba
Speakers: Leslie Boyd, Kalkidan Hoex, Roxanne Reynolds, Namita Gupta Wiggers
3/15/2019 at Lost Weekend Bookstore, 10:00am-11:00am
If contemporary craft is to move into the 21st century, we’ll need to consider who participates in the field and why.
Intersectionality is a mode of understanding the complex web of issues that affect the lives of marginalized people. Using this framework, and focusing on race and class, we will investigate the roles of universities and education, who is represented in shows and by galleries, and who comes to and participates in events like MJW.
As we consider the implications of perceived hierarchies within academic craft practices, we might ask, how progressive is the field, really? We will be speaking with artists, educators, theorists, and students to begin a much-needed ongoing conversation about the state of the contemporary jewellery and where we can go from here.
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.