Eunmi Chun: Precious Beasts—Blooming

In Munich, jewelry material is not limited to classic, precious metals such as gold and silver. This led me to question: what is the beauty of jewelry? Then I asked myself how I could pursue this beauty. I decided on working with disgusting or rejected materials, believing that something repulsive, given the right context, could be beautiful. That is how organic materials came into the picture. The impermanence of these materials was not my main point, but it does correspond to my central theme, which is the cycle of life in humans, plants, and animals. We all will return to dust and be reborn someday.

Bernhard Schobinger

It is not possible for me to explain the process because I don’t think about it, so I don’t really understand the question. Of course I am able to reflect on my work afterward, but I work from my emotions. There are no rational reasons in my case. Why do climbers climb?

Dark and Lustrous Adventures

If hand-made golden thrones—objects—exposure to the mind of the exploratory geologist—the hunt—and insider perspectives on gold’s role in international finance—the gold market—aren’t enough to persuade one to read Gold, Hart’s compelling storytelling should be. Travel with Hart drops the reader into a mine at a rate that pops the eardrums. He takes trips back in time to the Oval Office when Nixon killed the gold standard, and then forward to present-day communist China where thousands of artisanal mines and a few large-scale state-run companies bring more gold to the market than any other nation.

Biba Schutz: Half Full

My earliest recollections were that I was going to be an artist. I was going to live in a garret in Paris, be a painter, and live the bohemian life. As a child, I never colored in the lines, I always wanted to break the rules. I was allowed to draw all over my house as a child, between paint jobs and wallpapering … how great a canvas for a six-year-old. I went to school for fine arts and graphic design.

Out of the Blue

I initially thought that the work in Out of the Blue would be about both landscape and color, while acknowledging that blue certainly means different things to different people. It felt like an intriguing title because of its ambiguity. And since it is common knowledge that the majority of people claim blue as their favorite color, I imagined the work for this exhibition would probably focus primarily on color.

Discover, Dissect, Display

Everybody wants to know the answer to a question that doesn’t have an answer. They ask, “Is this right? What should I do?” or, “What should I use?” But depending on the question—What do you want to do?—that answer won’t be the same. When it comes to freshmen, rather than tell them what to do, the first thing I ask is, “What do you want to do?” I try to be nice.

China: Contemporary Jewelry on the Rise, Part 2

Teng Fei states, “Jewelry has to be experimental.” “Isn’t this self-evident?” a Westerner might reply. What is so special about this in China’s environment? Who is this woman who is one of the most influential persons pushing China’s jewelry world? How and why did she strive to reform the way of teaching jewelry, teaching art?

Harold O’Connor

My favorite materials to work with at this point in my life are still natural ones like wood, bone, metals, and some amber. In the early 70s I worked with plastic resins, and then photo etching in the late 70s. I also used titanium when it was a “new material.” I liked to color titanium but didn’t care for the hardness of its workability aspects. The dominant material for me is always metal—it has just so many endless possibilities.

Kerianne Quick’s Fob

Located in the gallery or museum, the depth of Quick’s carefully researched project is masked by the work’s disarming casualness. Taken at “face value,” the project subverts multiple systems to which the artist responds, employing banal simplicity to entice visitor engagement. Abstracted from the original contexts of commerce, narrative content, borders, and the conflict itself, the work’s targeted audience is a specific category of cultural tourist: collectors.

Rudee Tancharoen: Tales of the Truth

To me, art jewelry is an art object to be worn or carried along with a person. It is one of the main issues that I’ve considered in creating this series of work. My jewelry is not made for body decoration, but the pieces are objects to carry with the body, to remind the carrier of their existence and context. The “work” not only refers to the jewelry pieces but the whole experience that the audience would receive from the show.

From the Forum

Smith, BA 2014

Channell, BFA 2104

O'Neill, MFA 2014

Holman, MFA 2014

Huckins, BFA 2014

Black, BFA 2014

Michaels, BFA 2014