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Exhibitions 2009

Lucy Rowlands
Oral Examination Device by Lucy Rowlands

Equilibrium: Body as Site
Curated by Kate Bonansinga and Rachelle Thiewes
Jan. 22 - March 21, 2009 at Rubin and L Galleries
Equilibrium was curated for Metalsmith Magazine's 2008 annual "Exhibition in Print"

Progression: solo exhibition of works by Emma Sher
at the Charles Smith Gallery, Fitzroy Australia
March 3, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Sayaka Yamamoto
at Silke & the gallery
Feb. 28, 2009 3-6pm

Bedazzled: 5000 Years of Jewelry
The Walters Art Museum - Baltimore, MD USA
Oct. 19, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009

Walters Art Museum - Gothic style bracelet ca. 1870
Gothic style bracelet ca. 1870
gold, carnelian, malachite, moss agate, amethysts, aquamarines, rubies
Gift in memory of Paul Esmerian, 1972

The Walters is one of the few museums worldwide that can provide an array of exquisite jewelry from 5,000 years of world history and a vast spectrum of cultures. It is the most wide-ranging collection of jewelry assembled by a private collector in the United States. Through the connoisseurship of founder Henry Walters, this renowned collection contains beautiful examples of craftsmanship, ranging from about 3000 B.C. to the early 20th century. With over 200 objects from the Walters' collection-many never before exhibited-Bedazzled will present the evolution of jewelry-making techniques and materials throughout the ages as well as demonstrate the significance of jewelry as an expression of creativity and often wealth and position. A special section will be devoted to rings, the only type of jewelry worn continuously through the ages. Bedazzled traveled to The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville from Sept. 16, 2006-Jan. 14, 2007 and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. from Feb. 3-May 27, 2007.

The exhibition includes many spectacular pieces from the renowned collection of Benjamin Zucker (New York), which are on loan to the Walters. Bedazzled is presented by The Women's Committee of the Walters Art Museum with lead support from Betty Cooke, Bill Steinmetz, and The Store Ltd.; Richard S. and Rosalee C. Davison; The Eliasberg Family Foundation; and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Additional support is provided by Bob and Jackie Smelkinson.

The Walters Art Museum presents fun-filled programming relating to the fall exhibition Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. With more than 200 pieces from numerous cultures and over five millennia, Bedazzled will showcase some of the Walters' greatest masterpieces as well as many hidden treasures on view for the first time.

Bedazzled: 5000 Years of Jewelry, the Walters Art Museum Bedazzled: 5000 Years of Jewelry

Schedule of events:

First Fridays at the Walters: Bedazzled - Friday, Nov. 7, 5-9 pm
Price: free; Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry will be free during First Fridays
Mix and mingle at Baltimore's newest cocktail party! Enjoy a delicious signature cocktail while listening to music and enjoying free admission to the special exhibition Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. You'll also enjoy live performances, tours of the exhibition and other special events! Promotional support provided by STYLE Magazine.

Brownie & Junior Girl Scout Museum Day-Beadazzled & Bejeweled - Saturday, Nov. 8, 1-3 pm
Brownie Museum Day-Beadazzled & Bejeweled - Saturday, Nov. 15, 1-3 pm

Price: $10 per scout The Walters invites scouts to learn about art, especially pieces in the Bedazzled exhibition, while earning merit badges and pins. This program includes a guided tour of selected artworks, an art activity based on specific badge and belt loop guidelines and a specially designed Walters' participatory patch. Pre-registration is required, and a fee is due at the time of registration. To register or for more information, visit or call 410-547-9000, ext. 373.

Basic sketching, rendering & jewelry design - Wednesdays, Nov. 12 & 19, 6:30-9 pm
Price: members $50; non-members $100, pre-registration required
Location: Studio B
Elissa O'Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator This class will begin with a brief illustrated talk on the history of jewelry renderings, beginning from medieval time to modern day, while focusing on Fabergé, Boucheron, Cartier, George Jensen and Buccelati. Paper, colored pencils, markers and technical drawing tools will be used to help participants learn to sketch a brooch, a necklace and a bracelet.

College Night: Bling! Bling! Bling! - Thursday, Nov. 13, 6-9 pm
Price: free; Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry will be free during College Night, pre-registration recommended. Open to college and university students and faculty with valid college/university identification.
The evening will offer college and university faculty and students an opportunity to interact with Walters staff and local artists. With a unique infusion of hip-hop music and a dialogue about "Bling" and its culture, the Walters will engage students in a fun approach to the history of jewels and gems. College Night will include hip-hop performances, local DJs, free refreshments, gallery conversations led by curators and presentations by conservation staff.

Jewelry Fair at the Walters - Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 20-23
Price: $10 entry fee; programs vary in price.
The Women's Committee of the Walters Art Museum is proud to announce the Jewelry Fair at the Walters. Twenty-one jewelry artisans will offer exquisite handmade wares, fashioned from copper, clay, Lucite, silver and gold. The four-day event begins with the preview party First Look, and the weekend will include jewelry making workshops for children, a panel discussion with local designers as well as interpretative jewelry and fashion designs by MICA students. For more information, call 410-547-9000, ext. 305, or visit or

Bead Making for Kids - Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-4:30 pm
Price: members $25 per child; non-members $35 per child, pre-registration required. Ages 7-10
A special guest educator will lead kids in creating wacky, fun and beautiful types of beads. While the children experiment with a range of materials to make one-of-a-kind wearable pieces, parents can indulge in the Walters' Jewelry Fair and special exhibition Bedazzled.

Drop-in Art Activities for kids - Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: free, no registration required. Museum educators help families create artful projects related to Bedazzled.
November You're a Gem! Families will discover and create treasures inspired by the gold, gems and jewels found in the exhibition Bedazzled. Kids of all ages can go home with new adornment, jeweled paintings and sacred amulets.

Walk, Wonder, & Create Family Tour - third Saturdays, 11 am
Price: Free, pre-registration required; meet in the Centre Street Lobby Recommended for ages 6-8; one guardian per two children required, other family members welcome This 45-minute experience allows visitors of all ages to enjoy an interactive, discovery tour of the Walters' collection, and then create an artwork that relates to the gallery objects. November 15 Treasure Hunt Visitors can solve mysteries about ancient treasures' origins and uses while making their own jewels.

A Mysterious Wedding Ring: Tracing Personal Jewelry Histories - Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 pm
Price: free, pre-registration highly recommended
Location: Graham Auditorium
Benjamin Zucker, Collector and President of the Precious Stones Company in New York
Benjamin Zucker has built an impressive jewelry collection, dating from about 600 B.C. to present, which focuses on finger rings but also includes bracelets, earrings and pendants. He will share stories about his collection, which supplement the Bedazzled exhibition, and offer insights into the role gems and rings have played throughout the history of jewelry design. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Bedazzled Walk-in Gallery Tours:
Sat., Nov. 8, 11 am
Sun., Nov. 16, 11 am
Sat., Nov. 22, 11 am
Sat., Dec. 6, 11 am
Sun., Dec. 7, 11 am
Sat., Dec. 13, 11 am
Sat., Dec. 20, 11 am
Sat., Dec. 27, 11 am
Sun., Dec. 28, 11 am
Price: free with Bedazzled admission; meet in the Centre Street Lobby

Please note: all programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum's web site at prior to the date of the program to confirm.

METAL Inclinations International Online Exhibition

Stacey Webber
Stacey Webber- "Society for Midwest Metalsmiths First Place Award"
Vina Rust- "Hauser and Miller Second Place Award"
Helen Carnac- "Rio Grande Third Place Award"
Miel-Margarita Paredes- "Pasternak Award of Merit"
Namu Cho- "Pasternak Award of Merit"
Molly Epstein- "Pasternak Award of Merit"
Jillian Moore- "Pasternak Award of Merit"

Fifty images including 7 award winners have been selected for the exhibition by jurors Michael Monroe, Marilyn da Silva and Susie Ganch. The 2008-09 METAL Inclinations exhibition includes selections of the most exemplary fine metal art created by metalsmiths, silversmiths, goldsmiths and jewelers from all over the world. The exhibition will remain online for one year.

Louise Bourgeois Retrospective
at MOCA - the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA USA

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry
Through Nov.9, 2008 at the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston MA USA
travels to the Cincinnati Art Museum - Nov. 1, 2009-Feb. 28, 2010

More than 100 pieces will be shown.
The majority of the works, by such recognized masters as René Lalique, George Fouquet, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, are drawn from a private collection representing one of the largest and most important assemblages of Art Nouveau jewelry in the United States. More than half of the pieces have never before been exhibited. Included are such fanciful works as a belt buckle with lily pads and blossoms by Henri Vever and a pendant/brooch with female bust, probably by Louis Aucoc, both of which are from about 1900. A catalog of the exhibit is available

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry - Yvonne Markowitz, Elyse Karlin - 2008

The Thinking Body
San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design
Oct.17, 2008 - Jan.4, 2009

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, 6-8pm

An exhibition focused on contemporary American and European metalsmiths whose work considers the body in relation to its physical and intellectual environment.

Artists include: Janine Antoni, Cornelia Parker, Gijs Bakker, Joan Parcher, Lauren Fensterstock, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Gerd Rothman, Otto Künzli and Melanie Bilenker.

Bay Area artists Nick Dong, Emiko Oye, and Christine Dhein have created interactive installations running concurrently providing an alternative experience for the viewer and DIY activities for visitors.

Kate Wagle: Chair, Art Department, University of Oregon
Anya Kivarkis: Visiting Professor, Metals & Jewelry, University of Oregon

Exhibition Design: Ted Cohen
Catalogue available in the SFMC+D Museum Store

Speaker Series Event:
Crafting Experience, Experiencing Craft Sat., Nov.1, 3:30-5:30pm at SFMC+D, then the Larkspur Hotel

Moderator: Susan Cummins, Director, Rotasa Foundation
Panelists: Kate Wagle, Anya Kivarkis and Frank Wilson, neurologist and author
[Free to members/$10 for non-members]
MakeArt Workshop: Accessorize with Small Toys!
Sat., Nov.15, 1-3:30pm
DIY workshop with jewelry artists Emiko Oye and Shana Astrachan

Free workshop
[To register, call 415.773.0303; Advance registration required]
Visit the MakeArt Gallery anytime to experience DIY jewelry!
Generous support from the San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, COMERICA Palo Alto, Burr, Pilger & Mayer Foundation, Susan Beech, the Larkspur Hotel, and De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry.
San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design
550 Sutter St. San Francisco, California 94102
415.773.0303 Tues. thru Sat. - 10-5, Thurs. - 10-7, Sun. - 12-5

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926-1933

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933
at the Whitney Museum - New York, NY USA - Oct.16, 2008-Feb.15, 2009
then travels to:
the Centre Pompidou - Paris France - March 18-July 20, 2009

This exhibition looks at Calder's formative years (1926-1933) when he arrived at his revolutionary notion of "drawing in space".

"Calder’s Circus" will be presented in a new installation.

Wire sculptures will include all four extant Josephine Bakers together for the first time, mechanized moving abstractions, some never-before-exhibited animals from Calder's bestiary and his first ceiling-suspended mobile.

His first Paris sketchbook will be on view along with previously unexhibited drawings.

Rare films include:
Sculptor Discards Clay, of 1928
Le Grand Cirque Calder 1927 (1955) by Jean Painlevé
Montparnasse–Where the Muses Hold Sway 1929 - Calder is seen as a member of the artists' community of Montparnasse creating a wire portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse.

Calder and his works portrayed in photographs by Brassaï, Kertész, Thérèse Bonney, Agnès Varda, and Marc Vaux.
A catalog of the show is available.

From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith
at Brooklyn Museum, NY USA
May 14, 2008 through May 17, 2009

Exhibition of Silver Jewelry Designed by Legendary Modernist Jeweler Art Smith

This exhibit will honor the gift of twenty pieces of silver and gold jewelry created by the Brooklyn-born modernist jeweler Arthur Smith (1917–1982), primarily from Charles Russell, Smith’s companion and heir.

The presentation of Art Smith jewelry will be enhanced by archival material from the artist’s estate, including his working tools, the original shop sign designed by Smith, period photographs of models wearing his jewelry, preparatory sketches, and account books. Presented along with Smith’s work are twenty-three pieces of modernist jewelry from the permanent collection by such artists as Elsa Freund, William Spratling, Frank Rebajes, Eva Eisler, Ed Weiner, Claire Falkenstein, Jung-Hoo Kim, and others. Inspired by surrealism, biomorphicism, and primitivism, Art Smith’s jewelry is dynamic in its size and form. Although sometimes massive in scale, his jewelry remains lightweight and wearable due to his awareness of the female form. The jewelry dates from the late 1940s to the 1970s and includes his most famous pieces, such as a "Patina" necklace inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder; a "Lava" bracelet, or cuff, that extends over the entire lower arm in undulating and overlapping forms; and a massive ring with three semiprecious stones that stretches over three fingers.

Trained at Cooper Union, Art Smith, an African American, opened his first shop on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village in 1946. He later moved the business to 140 West Fourth Street, where it remained throughout his career. Not only one of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century, Smith was also an active supporter of black and gay civil rights, an avid jazz enthusiast, and a supporter of early black modern dance groups.

This exhibition is organized by Barry Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts, Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition is supported by the Harold S. Keller Fund with additional support from the Donald and Mary Oenslager Fund.

Adorn: Wearable Art & Non-Functional Jewelry
Sept. 26 - Oct. 25, 2009
twocities gallery
features the work of 10 emerging Chinese and international artists in the field of contemporary jewelry.

Sept. 26-Oct.13, 2009
Nutida Svenskt Silver
jewelry by Petra Schou

The Enamel Show
Velvet da Vinci Gallery
Aug. 5 - Sept. 6, 2009
WHAT: Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco presents "The Enamel Show", featuring work from the recently published Lark Jewelry book 500 Enameled Objects

also known as jewelry: contemporary french jewelry
Velvet da Vinci Gallery
Sept. 16 - Oct. 25, 2009
WHAT: Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco presents “also known as jewelry”, a project curated by Christian Alandete and Benjamin Lignel for la Garantie, association pour le bijou. The show, touring first to London and Rome, comes to San Francisco for its only U.S. venue and features 17 French contemporary jewelers.

2009 Graduating Students Award
Anne Baynham 'The troubles of leaving the nest/ flying the coup.'
Gillian Deery 'Find. Trace. Regenerate.'
Fingers Contemporary Jewellery
July 13-25, 2009

"What you tell is not always what you have experienced"
Hanna Hedman - Sweden
Ornamentum Gallery
June 20 - July 12, 2009
Reality and dreams of past centuries meet in an ornamental story that is neither black nor white; instead it exists in a grey area, undefined and strange. Hanna Hedman wants to entice you into her suggestive world full of detail; sometimes beautiful but also melancholic and malevolent.

Jane Adam and Thomas Hill
Velvet da Vinci Gallery
June 17 - July 26, 2009
WHAT: Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco presents new work by Jane Adam, who has been experimenting with anodized aluminum for 28 years, and Thomas Hill, whose new mixed media work incorporates experimentation with cut-out drawings, wood, wire, paint, and sheet metal, collaged into atmospheric "tableaux vivants.

Virtuoso & Virtuoso+ - A collaboration with Coutts London Jewellery Week - showcasing the cutting edge contemporary jewellery designs today with makers from UK, Germany, Denmark, Japan & Korea; works ranging from fine and contemporary jewellery, art jewellery pieces and the mixed media.
SDC Gallery - London
May 14- June 27, 2009

Pauline Bern at Fingers Contemporary Jewellery
May 18- 30, 2009

"Some become strangers"
Meredith Turnbull at Pieces of Eight Gallery
May 26 - June 20, 2009

Michael Brennand-Wood: Vase Attacks | Lynn Christiansen: Maybe Just One More
March 11 to April 19, 2009
Velvet da Vinci Gallery

GlassWear: Glass in Contemporary Jewelry by Ursula Ilse-Neuman 2007 GlassWear: Glass in Contemporary Jewelry
Curator Ursula Ilse-Neuman of Museum of Arts & Design New York, NY USA
organized by Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY & Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
traveling exhibition:
Nov.7, 2007– Jan.31, 2008 Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
March 14 -May 25, 2008 Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
April 18-June 28, 2009 Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY USA
13 July – 20 Sept. 2009 Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY USA
Oct.2, 2009 – Jan. 3, 2010 Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL USA

Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry

Sept. 27, 2008 - May 31, 2009
The Museum of Arts & Design in New York inaugurates the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery in its new home at 2 Columbus Circle with Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry. The exhibition offer visitors the unique opportunity to see an exceptional assembly of works from the Museum's collection. The remarkably inventive artists extend the range of materials beyond precious gems and metals to demonstrate that they can make superb jewelry from paper, rubber, plastic, found objects of all descriptions and even pig’s intestines. Featuring over 200 objects from the pioneering works of the 1940s to the cutting edge pieces made this year, the exhibition provides a dazzling overview of the evolution of contemporary art jewelry.

Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - NY Sept.27 - Nov.16 2008
Opening reception: Friday, Sept.26, 2008 5-8pm

Edge of the Sublime represents the first-ever retrospective of works by one of the most important enamelists working today. This exhibition explores the artist’s creative use and development of a variety of enameling and metalworking techniques to produce highly color-saturated imagery on signature brooches, necklaces and pendants. Curated by Jeannine Falino, former Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Edge of the Sublime debuted at Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts before traveling to the SDMA and museums nationwide through 2010.

This exhibition will continue to travel to:
Arkansas Art Center - AR Dec.19, 2008 - Feb.22, 2009
Racine Art Museum - WI
Bellevue Arts Museum - WA

An exhibition catalog is available:

Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett by Jeannine Falino 2008 Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett by Jeannine Falino 2008
A beautifully illustrated catalogue of over 100 color plates, it addresses artist's lifework who first established his international reputation in 1986 when he produced enameled jewelry using unique, electroformed shapes. Jeannine Falino is an independent curator who formerly curated at the MFA in Boston.

Ornament as Expression: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch
Aug. 24- Dec. 7, 2008
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Meet the artist & booksigning Oct. 2, 2008 at 2:30 space is limited.
Masters Workshop March 27-29, 2009

Craft in America - Expanding Traditions - an eight city museum touring exhibition opening April 2007
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas April 13 through June 24, 2007
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon July 22 through September 23, 2007
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California October 20, 2007 through January 27, 2008
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas February 22 through May 4, 2008
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan June 8 through September 14, 2008
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma October 11, 2008 through January 18, 2009
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California February 18 through May 24, 2009
Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts June 27, 2009 through September 27, 2009

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
and even more info at Mintwiki

Audrey Jones Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX USA Sept. 23, 2007 - Jan. 21, 2008
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 14-July 6, 2008
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC Aug. 16, 2008-Jan. 9, 2009
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, June 20-Sept. 13, 2009

Catalogue of the show:
Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
by Cindi Strauss 2007

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