Spotlight : Riffe Gallery - Educators/Educated: Jewelry & Metals in Ohio
November 18, 2004 - January 23, 2005
Gail M. Brown, Curator of Contemporary Craft
Educators/Educated: Jewelry & Metals in Ohio, an exhibition focusing on the rich legacy of metals programs at Ohio's colleges and universities, is a vibrant introduction to work created between 1955 and 2004 by current and former faculty as well as selected alumni from six highly regarded, degree-granting jewelry and metals programs in the state.
Educators/Educated is a focused investigation of the Ohio metals community's vital artists, seminal objects and processes. The exhibition includes a breadth of creative ideas and highly personal forms ranging from elegant to quirky and historic to contemporary. The strengths of Ohio metals and jewelry artists reaffirm the heritage and ongoing creative vitality of the craft. In addition, it illustrates the academic institutions' emphasis on the individual's development as an artist and as a craftsperson.
The six schools represented in Educators/Educated are: Bowling Green State University; Cleveland Institute of Art; Kent State University; Miami University, Ohio Wesleyan University; and University of Akron.