2017 Texas Metals Symposium
October 7, 2017 - Matador Room, Student Union Building
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
8:00-9:00 a.m. – Registration, Matador Room of the TTU Student Union Building
The Matador Room is located on the 2nd 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. Attendees are asked to Pre-Register for the free symposium and events. Symposium space is limited to approximately 200 attendees, so registration is first come, first served. Download Registration Form [HERE].
9:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions
• Robly A. Glover, Professor, Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing
Director, 2017 Texas Metals Symposium
• Professor Lydia Thompson, Director, TTU School of Art
• Associate Professor Nancy A. Slagle
9:15-10:15 a.m. – HARLAN W. BUTT - Keynote Lecture
Professor Harlan W. Butt (retired) is a former Regent's Professor of Jewelry Design, Metalsmithing, and Enamel at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, Denton, Texas. His art work can be found in many public collections including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; Museum of Art + Design, New York, New York; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. He served as the president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) from 2009-2011, was an American Craft Council Fellow in 2002, and was the president of The Enamelist Society from 1998-1999. His Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing is from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. He has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
10:15-10:30 a.m. – Q&A followed by Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. – DAVID FREDA - Artist's Lecture
David Freda is an artist, metalsmith, and naturalist. Mr. Freda received his BFA in 1979 from the Universtiy of Wisconsin in Whitewater, WI, where he studied with Marcia Lewis. In 1980, he studied at the State University of New York at New Paltz. While at S.U.N.Y, he studied with Bob Ebendorf and Kurt Matzdorf. Mr. Freda has an extensive teaching resume' spanning from institutions coast to coast. Some of his publications include: 500 Enamel Objects, Harper's Bazaar Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine, Art Jewelry Today, The Blue Book Tiffany & Co., and over 20 additional national and international publications. His exhibition record is as extensive, with 21 national and international jurrored exhibitions. Mr. Freda's work is housed in the following museum collections: Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, and Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA, to name a few.
Representing "Nature," Mr. Freda's work can be viewed in the Current Reflections on the Natural and Manmade exhibition in the School of Art Landmark Arts Galleries.
11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. – Q&A followed by Lunch Break
Artists will be available for conversation before the second session and at the opening reception for the exhibition at the School of Art Landmark Arts Galleries.
1:45 p.m. – Symposium resumes in Matador Room.
1:45- 2:45 p.m. – SHARON MASSEY - Artist's Lecture
Sharon Massey received her BFA from Winthrop University in 1999 and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2006. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, Assistant Professor Massey was the only American chosen to exhibit in the 25th Legnica International Jewelry Competition in Legnica, Poland. Her jewelry was selected for both Schmuck 2014 and Schmuck 2015 in Munich, Germany. From 2012 to 2015, Assistant Professor Massey served on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). In 2009 she received the Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) Emerging Artist Award and was included in Lucca Preziosa Young. Images of her jewelry have been published in eight books, including The Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions. Sharon's work is included in the collection of the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
Representing "Manmade," Ms. Massey's work can be viewed in the Current Reflections on the Natural and Manmade exhibition in the School of Art Landmark Arts Galleries.
2:45-3:00 p.m. – Q&A and Break
3:00-4:00 p.m. – LIN STANIONIS – Artist's Lecture
Lin Stanionis received her MFA from Indiana University in 1981 and her B.A. from Iowa State University in 1976. She is currently a Professor of Jewelry/Metals at the University of Kansas. Professor Stanionis' creative work encompasses the use of both traditional processes and digital technologies. Her work has been published extensively, most recently in "CAST" and "Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship and the New Industrial Revolution". Her work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions. Professor Stanionis has received a MAA-NEA Individual Artist Fellowship; a Kansas Individual Artist Fellowship; and twelve Research Awards from the University of Kansas. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Eskanazi Museum of Art, and numerous private collections. In 2012 Stanionis was awarded the Keeler Intra-University Professorship that allowed her to conduct interdisciplinary research at the University of Kansas. She has international experience as a visiting scholar at Lahti University, Lahti, Finland and Silipakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Professor Stanionis has also worked extensively in China, as a visiting scholar and research advisor at Shenzhen Polytechnic University in Shenzhen, China.
Representing "Nature," Ms. Stanionis' work can be viewed in the Current Reflections on the Natural and Manmade exhibition in the School of Art Landmark Arts Galleries.
4:00-4:15 p.m. – Q&A
4:15-5:00 p.m. – GAIL M. BROWN - Exhibition Curator's Lecture
Gail M. Brown is an Independent Curator whose interest is to enhance visibility and education about contemporary craft within the larger visual arts community. She trained as a print maker at the Philadelphia College of Art where she identified her own connection to process and media while exploring etching and lithography. She has been watching the contemporary craft movement since the early nineteen eighties. She is a passionate observer of the unique potential of art in craft media: for the communication of issue-oriented and aesthetic ideas coupled with extensive examination of chosen material process, within the long decorative arts continuum. She curates focused exhibitions which share exceptional work from a national/international body of mature and mid-career artists and introduce potent ideas and forms by younger makers.
Among the 80+ exhibitions she has curated, her most recent is The Body Adorned, the first SNAG online exhibition, 2012; A Feast of Beads: Exceptional Ceramic Jewelry, Facere Jewelry Art, Seattle, WA, 2012; The Art of Seduction- Exquisitely Crafted Temptations, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD, 2012; Your Personal Hang-Ups, The Center For Art In Wood, Philadelphia, PA, 2013; An Exuberance of Color In Studio Jewelry, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2016; The Evocative Garden, the first NCECA Annual, Portland, OR, 2017 and Current Reflections On The Natural and Man Made, Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, 2017, which shares exceptional objects in craft media by masterful artists as observation and commentary on our fragile environment.
5:00-5:15 p.m. – Q&A
5:15-6:00 p.m. – Travel from Matador Room to School of Art Landmarks Arts Galleries (18th and Flint) for the opening reception of Current Reflections on the Natural and Manmade curated by Gail M. Brown. Maps will be provided.
5:00-7:00 p.m. – Exhibition Opening Reception - Current Reflections on the Natural and Manmade Curated by Gail M. Brown.