EMERGING CURATORS
Grant Recipients

 

2017

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SASHA NIXON

for Statement Jewelry, 1887 BCE – Present: A View from the Jeweler’s Bench

“Narrative” or “critical” jewelry made by contemporary art jewelers today is intimately connected to their artistic identity and primarily driven by a concept. This concept (or idea) is articulated in an “artist’s statement,” which develops throughout the artist’s career. This exhibition emphasizes the voices of twelve contemporary art jewelers that deliberately appropriate ancient and historical jewelry styles and techniques. These jewelry artists use the symbolic language of past jewelry forms, methods, and materials to reflect on the meaning of adornment. For this exhibition, deliberate appropriation was determined through artists’ statements, artist interviews, and other artist-produced textual evidence, with selections represented as quotes throughout the space as wall text.

2015

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LEXIE OWEN

for UNEXPECTED

November 24th – December 8th, 2016
British Columbia Craft Council Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

An exhibition that explores the strange and sometimes discordant elements that make the viewing, wearing, and making of Contemporary Jewellery an enjoyable endeavor. 

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LYNDSAY RICE

for EMBODIED

May 26, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Using the body as the starting point the exhibition EMBODIED, seeks work that explores the collision of jewelry fashion and design in motion by connecting the body and re-defining the impossibility of wearing. This exhibition invokes the poetics of the history and traditions of jewelry while simultaneously subverting notions of material, scale, and wearability.