Virginia Commonwealth University

Craft / Material Studies

Exhibition | Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media Senior Show | Integration

The VCUarts departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media presents “Integration” – Senior Show: 

APRIL 18, 2014 — APRIL 20, 2014 Opening Reception Friday, April 18th 5-8pm

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Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Sculpture + Extended, and Painting & Printmaking: VCUarts departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media open their annual Senior Show this year on April 18th, showcasing the very best of 2014 graduates.  With integrated exhibits on every floor of the Fine Arts Building and a satellite show off campus, the Senior Show is a varied sampling of the latest in fine art and an inspiring event not to be missed.Opens April 18 at 5:00 pm and runs through April 20
Opening Reception: Friday, April 18 from 5 – 8PMVirginia Commonwealth University
Fine Arts Building
1000 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23284Satellite Show:
Sculpture + Extended Media Seniors present “ No Fit State”:
Opens April 18 at 7:00 pm and runs through May 2
Opening Reception: Friday, April 18 from 7 – 10PM
207 – 209 North Foushee Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Artist Talk | Susie Ganch: TIED

Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s  True F. Luck Gallery Presents:

Susie Ganch: TIED Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 16, 7pm

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This comprehensive exhibition ties together the multifaceted career and work of Susie Ganch, Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover. An accomplished jeweler and sculptor, Ganch has staked a unique career with trifold contributions to the field of Craft. As a university educator, she trains the next generation of jewelers and metalsmiths; as a practicing artist, she pushes the boundaries of jewelry and sculpture through material, design, and function; as a director of the Radical Jewelry Makeover project, she creates community events that encourage our consideration of the social and environmental impacts of mining and jewelry production through the creation of innovative jewelry made from recycled sources.

Susie Ganch: TIED includes two galleries of Ganch’s independent work and one gallery devoted to her collaborative project, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM).  This RJM installation includes work by 22 well-known jewelers from across the United States who participated in previous RJM events as well as jewelry made by regional RJM artists, local VCU students, and students from Winthrop University.

As an outreach program of the nonprofit Ethical Metalsmiths, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is an innovative community-mining project that raises awareness of the connection between mining, metalsmithing, activism, collaboration and art. The project is both performance and event, linking recycling, reuse and collaborative work sessions with the creation of unique, innovative, handmade jewelry. To learn more about RJM and the artists involved in this exhibition, visit: radicaljewelrymakeover.org andsusieganch.com.

Exhibition | VCUARTS CRAFT / MATERIAL STUDIES FOUNTAINHEAD FELLOWS

Page Bond Gallery presents VCUarts Craft /Material Studies Fountainhead Fellows Exhibition

APRIL 4, 2014 — APRIL 26, 2014 Opening Reception Friday, April 4th 7-9pm

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images: (left) Olivia Valentine, YÜRÜYÜŞ OYASI (WALKING OYA), 2013-14 Photograph (right) Jaydan Moore, Ends, 2012, Pot metal edges from sliver plated platters, 38 x 20 x 2 1/4 inches

Page Bond Gallery presents, Fountainhead Fellows: Jaydan Moore and Olivia Valentine, a two-person exhibit of artwork created during the artists’ nine-month fellowships in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Craft/Material Studies.

Jaydan Moore, Fountainhead Fellow in Jewelry/Metalsmithing, has created a series of objects and investigations in his interest on the heirloom.  Using the imagery of found silver-plated tableware, he fragments and reassembles these objects into new forms to challenge and commemorate the individual’s ability to designate value to/ his her own valuables and memories.  Olivia Valentine, Fountainhead Fellow in the area of Fiber, creates work that explores architectural spaces through large-scale textile installations.  Together the fellows’ work represents the next generation of artists thinking through the media and concepts of craft in refreshing ways.

Exhibition | Susie Ganch: TIED

Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s  True F. Luck Gallery Presents:

Susie Ganch: TIED

April 4 – June 7, 2014

Opening reception: April 4, 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 16, 7pm

Closing reception: June 6, 5 – 7pm

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This comprehensive exhibition ties together the multifaceted career and work of Susie Ganch, Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover. An accomplished jeweler and sculptor, Ganch has staked a unique career with trifold contributions to the field of Craft. As a university educator, she trains the next generation of jewelers and metalsmiths; as a practicing artist, she pushes the boundaries of jewelry and sculpture through material, design, and function; as a director of the Radical Jewelry Makeover project, she creates community events that encourage our consideration of the social and environmental impacts of mining and jewelry production through the creation of innovative jewelry made from recycled sources.

Susie Ganch: TIED includes two galleries of Ganch’s independent work and one gallery devoted to her collaborative project, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM).  This RJM installation includes work by 22 well-known jewelers from across the United States who participated in previous RJM events as well as jewelry made by regional RJM artists, local VCU students, and students from Winthrop University.

As an outreach program of the nonprofit Ethical Metalsmiths, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is an innovative community-mining project that raises awareness of the connection between mining, metalsmithing, activism, collaboration and art. The project is both performance and event, linking recycling, reuse and collaborative work sessions with the creation of unique, innovative, handmade jewelry. To learn more about RJM and the artists involved in this exhibition, visit: radicaljewelrymakeover.org andsusieganch.com.

Visiting Artists | Christina Miller

Craft/Material Studies + Radical Jewelry Makeover Presents 

Christina Miller, Executive Director of Ethical Metalsmiths 

Lecture | The Ethical Jewelry Movement | Thursday, March 27th |12:00pm at 609 Bowe Street, RM 535

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image: Christina Miller speaking with miners of AURELSA (a Fairmined certified artisanal mine) Relave, Peru.

BIO: Christina Miller, executive director and co-founder of Ethical Metalsmiths (EM); Founded in 2004, EM leads jewelers and consumers in becoming informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development, and for the use of verified, ethical sources of materials in jewelry making. In 2013 EM successfully and broadly introduced Fairmined gold to the US in collaboration with 23 independent jewelers. Radical Jewelry Makeover, EM’s popular jewelry re-use project, co-designed Christina Miller and Susie Ganch, continues to engage communities around the country in conversations about jewelry and consumption. Miller presents internationally on the topic of ethical jewelry, transparent sourcing and activism through art. Prior to assuming the directorship of EM, Miller was an assistant professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where she had received her BFA prior to receiving an MFA from East Carolina University. She received a Distinguished Civic Leadership award while at teaching at Millersville for her work with Ethical Metalsmiths. 

 

 

Visiting Artists | Joshua Enck

Tuesday, March 25th @ 12:00pm

609 Bowe Street, RM 535

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image: Joshua Enck Oxide Turnout Corten weathering steel, rust, and mahogany Dimensions: 19.5 high x 21.5 wide x 112 long August 2007

 

BIO Born in Illinois and now residing in Massachusetts, Joshua creates sculptures that capture the tension between the spontaneity of the artistic process and the restraint of meticulous craftsmanship. He draws inspiration from the visual language of obsolescence, from antique dress forms to vernacular barn roofs and railroad oil cans. Joshua uses sketching to investigate the essence of forms without working out every detail on paper. He then takes the ideas that excite him into the studio where they grow through improvisation as he embraces the unforeseen possibilities that arise when building by hand.

Joshua’s sculptures embrace a raw awkward sensibility that emerges through their making, and while they are beautiful forms, they often challenge the prevailing notion of beauty. They are asymmetrical, quirky and animated, but one thing they all have in common is the attention to detail.

 

The labor-intensive metal fabrication and woodworking techniques he uses to realize challenging compound curves and angular geometrics are what makes Joshua’s pieces so exceptional. His attention to details early on in the process are continued to the finish of these beautiful pieces. Joshua experiments with metal oxidation, burnished paints and repetitive tool markings suggest histories not fully available to the viewer. His finished sculptures are striking, idiosyncratic objects that celebrate the perfection of the imperfect.

 

 

 

Exhibition | Heat, Bend, Repeat

Craft Material Studies Presents

 

Heat, Bend, Repeat 

March 21-April 11

Opening Friday March 21 from 4-6pm

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You’re Invited to the opening of Heat, Bend, Repeat features new work from Mule Barn Craft Studio members and VCUarts Alumni Sean Donlon, Liz Borsetti, Jolinda Smithson, Franklin Toan, and Maggie Davids.  This is the collaborative studios’ second annual show.  In the past year the studio has grown from it’s original two members and now is the working home of five craft artists working with glass, metal, and other materials. The opening will be held from 4-6pm on Friday March 21st at the FAB Gallery in VCU’s Fine Art Building (1000 West Broad).

Visiting Artists | Michael Rogers

Tuesday, February 25th @ 12:00pm

1000 W. Broad Street, RM 238

The Murmur of Bees detail

 

image: Michael Rogers, The Murmur of Bees
 

Michael Rogers is currently a Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School For American Crafts in New York where he has taught for the past nine years in the Glass Program. Previously he spent 11 years in Japan where he was head of Aichi University’s Glass Program.

 

His work is in several international permanent collections, including the Suntory Museum in Japan and the Corning Museum of Glass in the United States. Recent exhibitions include “Art on The Edge” at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Art Santa Fe with Bullseye Gallery, “Messages and Written Narratives” at the Chautauqua Institute, NY, “Palimpsests and Ephemera” at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, and “Voice of Glass” at the Academy of Art in Riga, Latvia.

 

This past year Michael has lectured at North Lands in Scotland, the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, Aalto University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland and Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan. When not teaching or traveling Michael lives and maintains his private studio in the countryside outside Honeoye Falls, NY.