2018 Texas Metals Symposium

Texas Tech University Student Union Building - Ballroom
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 AM - 5 PM

Metals Symposium

The annual Texas Metals Symposium brings top artists working in the field of jewelry and metals for a day-long presentation to participants from throughout the State of Texas and surrounding regions.

This year's speakers include:

  • Roberta Bernabei, Loughborough University, UK
  • Charles Lewton-Brain, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada
  • Mary Hallam-Pearse, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia
  • Anya Kavarkis, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • Kee-Ho Yuen, University of Iowa

The all-day symposium is free and open to the public, however, registration is requested.  Please complete the form found [HERE] and email it to Professor Robly Glover (r.glover@ttu.edu).

An exhibition of work by Charles Lewton-Brain will be on display in the 3D Art Annex and will be available for viewing during the post-symposium reception from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.

Symposium Schedule

Saturday, October 6th

8:00-9:00 a.m. – Registration
Student Union Building Ballroom side B (Room 118 B) foyer on Texas Tech campus. Ballroom B (Room 118 B) is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building (located on 15th and Akron). Weekend parking is available in the lot directly north of the Student Union Building.

9:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions 
Symposium begins in Ballroom B (room 118 B) on the first floor of the Student Union Building.

9:15-10:15 a.m.– Artist lecture: Roberta Bernabei
Roberta Bernabei received her BA in Sculpture from Accademia di Bella Arti, Perugia, Italy, in 1993; her MA in Metalwork and Jewelry from Sheffield Hallam University in 2002; and she is currently working toward her PhD candidate at Loughborough University. She is currently a lecturer at Loughborough University, School of the Arts, English, and Drama, as well as a visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. Her work has been featured in publications such as "Contemporary Jewelers" by Bloomsbury. Her work has been included in the prestigious collection at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. In addition, she has been featured in international exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland; and Museo Arti Decorative, Turin, Italy, and has been selected in international shows such as 'Schmuck Gestaltung.' She is a Contributing Author for The Journal of Modern Craft, as well as Art Jewelry Forum. She has an extensive record of exhibition and scholarly research.

10:15-10:30 a.m. – Q&A and break

10:30-11:30 a.m.– Artist lecture: Charles Lewton-Brain
Charles Lewton-Brain is a master goldsmith. He studied at the Art College of Nova Scotia, as well as trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. His jewelry work and writing about his research into compositional systems in metal-working have been published internationally. He invented and disseminated foldforming, a system of working sheet metal, new to the field. Lewton-Brain has been recognized globally for his art work, and received Canada's highest honor for Craft, The Saidye Bronfman Governor Generals Award. He was one of the founders of the Canadian Craft Federation, Canada's national organization, and served as President for over two years. He co-founded the Ganoksin Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in 1996, now the world's largest educational website for jeweler's information which has 4 million unique visitors a year, and he is the author of nine books and hundreds of articles. He has taught hundreds of workshops internationally. He has an extensive record of exhibition and scholarly research, and is considered a preeminent leader in the field of Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing.

11:45 -1:45 p.m. – Lunch break 

We ask that the audience allow the visiting artists to leave first in order to get lunch in a timely manner before the symposium resumes. Artists will be available for conversation before the second session and at the closing reception at the 3D Art Annex.

1:45 p.m. – Symposium resumes in Ballroom B (Room 118 B)

1:45- 2:45 p.m. –Artist lecture: Mary Hallam-Pearse
Mary Hallam Pearse received her M.F.A. in Metals from State University of NY, New Paltz in 2004, and a B.F.A. in Crafts with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metals from Kent State University in 1999. Currently she is an Associate Professor and area chair of the jewelry and metalworks area at The Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia. She has been invited to present lectures and provide workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Kent State University, East Carolina University and Humboldt State. Her work has been selected for competitive exhibitions in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. Her work has been collected by the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, as well as the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Wordsmith/Metalsmith: Text in Contemporary Jewelry at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island, and Sieraad: International Contemporary Jewellery Fair in Amsterdam.

2:45-3:00 p.m. – Q&A and break

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Artist Lecture: Anya Kivarkis 
Anya Kivarkis received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1999, and an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004. She is currently an Associate Professor and Area Head of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Professor Kivarkis was a recipient of the 2016 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, a 2014 University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award, Sienna Gallery Emerging Artist Award, and multiple Individual Artists Fellowships. She has been included in publications such as Metalsmith, American Craft, and Italian Elle Magazines. Her work has been selected for inclusion in numerous collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. She has been featured in recent exhibitions such as Time and the Other at Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture (San Francisco), The Portland 2016 Biennial presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, and September Issue at Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam.

4:00-4:15 p.m. – Q&A

4:15-5:15 p.m. – Artist Lecture: Kee-Ho Yuen 
Kee-ho Yuen received a B.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1983, and an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from The University of Iowa in 1989. He is currently a Professor and the Coordinator of the University of Iowa Jewelry and Metal Arts program. Professor Yuen's work has been acquired by the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly American Craft Museum). Professor Yuen has curated many national and international exhibitions, and has been featured in numerous national and international group and solo exhibitions in Taiwan, Korea, and the United States, in venues such as Goldsmith Hall; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Publication of his work can be found in many international publications, such as Taiwan Craft; 500 Metal Vessels; Tim McCreight's Metalsmith's Books of Boxes and Lockets; Ornament Magazine, and Silver Magazine.

5:15-5:30 p.m. – Q & A

5:40-6:00 p.m.— Travel to Reception from Ballroom B to 3D Art Annex, 3216 Main Street. See map below.

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Reception for Symposium 
Opening of Charles Lewton-Brain's Exhibition at the Flux 5 Hall Gallery.
Tour of the 3D Annex including the Jewelry Metals, Clay and Sculpture facilities.

Below is a map to the 3D Art Annex, 3216 Main Street.
Parking is available in front of the 3D Art Annex.


Sponsored by: Student Government Association, Metals Club, and TTU School of Art. Roberta Bernabei is presented with additional support from the Art History Area, Graphic Design funds and Landmark Arts whose exhibitions and speaker programs in the Texas Tech University School of Art are made possible in part with a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additionally, we thank the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts for the support provided for programs in the School of Art. We would like to thank our private donors for their generous support.