Sunday, October 28, 2007

2nd Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition

Recently (October 8th-19th), we hosted our 2nd Annual Intercollegiate Metals exhibition in Gallery 100. Participating institutions included the following:

Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, Ohio
Murray State University – Murray, Kentucky
Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, Arizona
University of North Texas – Denton, Texas
Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan

For a second time, the exhibition brought a variety of metals/jewelry communities together and received many favorable comments. It was an inspirational display of work from across the nation. The show exhibited 85 different pieces from 77 artists, and was a broad display of both techniques and aesthetics. This year, after some discussion, we came to the decision to have the juror select student work for awards.
Our juror was Jessica Calderwood (work pictured below). Jessica received her MFA in metalworking in 2005. Prior to graduate school she was resident artist at the prestigious John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Calderwood’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Great Britain in juried and curated shows. Her metalwork has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine (cover image), as well as numerous enameling books.

Awards were given to 4 student artists as follows:

1st Place Student Award - Lauren McAdams, Transportable Dialogue
Arizona State University
2nd Place Student Award - Arnold Martin, Tension Structure #8 (Wave Interference)
Wayne State University
3rd Place Student Award - Kazumi Ito, The Warmest Place In The World
Arizona State University
Honorable Mention Student Award- Kriste McAnally, Mind’s Fire
University of North Texas
After a lot of hard work, we were delighted to have the opportunity to stand back and enjoy the exceptional display of objects, ideas and techniques that all came together to create the 2nd Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition of 2007. Please enjoy the following images from the Exhibition.
Some gallery views...
First Place Student Award went to Lauren McAdams for her piece "Transportable Dialogue". Lauren is a graduate student at Arizona State University. Second Place Student Award went to Arnold Martin for his piece,"Tension Structure #8 (Wave Interference)". Arnold attends Wayne State University. Third Place Student Award went to Kazumi Ito for her piece "The Warmest Place In The World". Kazumi is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University.

Honorable Mention Student Award went to
Kriste Dian McAnally for her piece, "Mind’s Fire". Kriste attends University of North Texas.
Here are just a few images of other pieces in the show.

Becky I. Chader
Venerable Vestment: Cloth vs. Convenience
Copper, Brass, Nu-Gold, Diapers, CZs, Sterling Silver
Arizona State University
Kelly Kaatz
Foam, Plaster, Copper, Acrylic, Bone
Wayne State University
Kyleen Jeans
Armored Clutch
Copper, Brass, Fabric
Arizona State University

Victoria Altepeter
Dynamical Balance (one belt buckle in a series of 7)
Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Nickel, Copper, Brass
Arizona State University

Ana Lopez
Copper. Brass, Patina, Oil Color
University of North Texas

Kurt Thompson
Slave To The Traffic Light
Brass, Copper
Arizona State University

Jessica S. Mohl
Reciprocity Series #3 Emergence
Sterling Silver, Copper, Plaster
University of North Texas

Janey McClain
Brass, Nickel, Gut
Murray State University

Jonathan Leo Brown
Gothic Garden
Brass, Bronze and Silver Alloy, Rutilated Quartz
Arizona State University
Amanda Stark
Resonance Compilation Monitor
Copper, Nu-Gold, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Florescent Fiber, Hematite, Glass
Bowling Green State University Lynette Andreasen
Sterling Silver, Brass, Human Hair
Arizona State University

Harlan W. Butt
Earth Beneath Our Feet: Oak Leaf Jar
Silver, Enamel, Copper, Bronze, Paint
University of North Texas

Clockwise from left back:

Tiffany Massey
The Key
Silver, Copper
Wayne State University

Natalie Macellano
Resin, Copper, Silver
University of North Texas

Genevieve Hancock
Copper, Enamel, Wool
Murray State University
John Albert
Sushi Set #4
Maple, Sterling Silver
Murray State University
Here are some images from the opening reception...

And the curators from left to right, Lynette Andreasen, Jonathan Brown, Victoria Altepeter, Lauren McAdams, and the metals department faculty head, Becky McDonah.

Introduction + Contributors: Victoria Altepeter, Lynette Andreasen, Jonathan Brown, Lauren McAdams

As our first post, we would like to introduce our blog and it's contributors. We hope this blog will be a virtual history of our metals program at Arizona State University and will inform students, educators, metalsmiths, artists, and the general public about our endeavors. We also wish it to be a record of the individuals who are a part of the program and the work that they produce.
So, thank you for viewing, and we look forward to your comments!
Contributors may include:
From left to right: Lynette Andreasen, Jonathan Brown, Victoria Altepeter, and Lauren McAdams

As for Introductions...

Victoria Altepeter

The metalwork that Victoria creates is inspired by the universe and the events occurring therein, it is wearable. It is her goal to make comprehendible the vastness of our universe, she sees ties between ourselves and the universe we are part of. She enjoys jewelry for the intimacy between object and wearer, for its permanence, and its portability. She sees the body as a moving gallery, the pieces moving through place and space just as astral bodies. She wishes to make permanent the impermanent in her pieces. As the sky and universe is constantly changing and expanding, light always shifting and traveling, she wishes to capture snapshots of these occurrences with in a precious material. She feels a deep connection to the history of metalworking and to the history of body adornment throughout the centuries. She uses patination to allude to time or place, and keeps forms as simple as possible to give the sense of wholeness, calmness or balance. She wishes the wearer/viewer to feel what she feels when she is creating this work- that of calm and balance- two things she is always searching for in her life.

Lynette Andreasen
Lynette makes wearable art jewelry that incorporates both metals and fibers. Her work is about human connection and interaction. She is interested in the exchanges that occur between individuals both intimate and casual, and the imprint these exchanges have on our lives. These exchanges can be physical, emotional, circumstantial, etc. She is interested in identity, cause and effect, and the individual in relation to the group. Her jewelry discusses these exchanges and relationships.

Jonathan Brown
Jonathan's works in small scale sculpture. Through his work Jonathan attempts to create other, smaller, more isolated worlds. These nano worlds are a place of imagination and escape. He often incorporates lenses in his pieces, which cause the viewer to peer into his distorted dream-like landscapes.

Lauren McAdams
Lauren McAdams work revolves around her fascination with personal relationships and the complexity of simple conversational interactions. She is constantly considering how an object can start a feeling that will force viewers to interact with each other. Her work also discusses relationships, specifically romantic relationships, and also communication.