• 2023-2024


    I am honored to receive the Boise State University School of the Arts Interdisciplinarity Engagement in Research and Creative Activity Grant.
    This grant will fund supplies, materials, and assistance in creating a new body of work based on my current creative research breathe.

  • May 2023

    May 2023

    Honored to have my artwork mentioned as part of the review of Jim
    Cohen's book Modern Judaica: Today's Makers, Today's Sacred Objects by Janet Kelman for the Washtenaw Jewish News.

  • April 21, 2023

    Truly honored to receive the American Guild of Judaic Art Working Artist Grant for 2023.
    Thank you to the juror, Hope Forstenzer, and all those involved with this grant opportunity. I will use the grant to pay for supplies, materials, and professional photography of my Judaica. The AGJA Working Artist Grant is "$1000 open to artists and artisans who create Jewish lifecycle or ritual objects with six (6) or more years of professional experience."

  • March 22 - April 27, 2023

    March 22 - April 27, 2023

    Five of my objects of Judaica were on display at the Albertson's Library at Boise State University as part of the exhibition Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries, a traveling exhibition on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

  • Feb. 14, 2023

    Feb. 14, 2023

    Honored to be 1 of 53 artists to have a section in Jim Cohen's upcoming publication Modern Judaica : Today's Makers, Today's Sacred Objects dedicated to my Judaica.
    Images of my artwork and an interview with the author will be included. Published by Schiffer Publishing, 2023. ISBN: 9780764364471
    “For anyone with an interest in Judaica and sacred objects, this book presents some of the most outstanding examples of contemporary Judaica—sacred Jewish objects—that have been created over the last 30+ years. Fifty-three makers have told their stories in their own words, giving incredible insights into why they make Judaica and what it means in their lives and in their journeys as artists. The featured works include Seder plates, ketubah (Jewish marriage documents), kiddush cups, hand-lettered Torahs, and even a Tefillin Barbie. Stretch your perception of Judaica and gain insights into the next generation of makers and how Judaica responds to significant social issues affecting Jews and the world population as a whole. More than 250 color photographs illustrate the makers’ works, and Jewish artists from the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are featured.” - Schiffer Publishing

  • Jan. 19 - March 26, 2023

    Jan. 19 - March 26, 2023

    Two objects from Burden are included in the 2023 Biennial Faculty Exhibition - a necklace and a brooch.
    "Biennial exhibition featuring new work by twenty-eight nationally and internationally recognized artists teaching in the department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies at Boise State University. This biennial showcases the recent creative projects and research by full time and part time faculty."

  • Nov. 16 - 20, 2022; Nov. 16, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023

    Nov. 16 - 20, 2022; Nov. 16, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023

    Honored to by 1 of 20 artists selected to have work included in the in-person exhibition "Here & Now" in NYC as part of Adorn Axis exhibition at the New York Jewelry Week, NYC.

    "We had an overwhelming response to our call for submissions... and an amazingly high percentage of the work submitted was of exceptional quality, which made our job extremely difficult. We spent 3 days immersed in the submissions—-160 submissions from 39 countries.

    We were able to accept 55 artists, and selected a range of work by artists in every stage of their career, with diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds. 20 artists will be represented in-person, and an additional 35 will be represented online. All selected artists will be featured in our print catalog. We try our best to curate mindfully, to be as inclusive as possible, and seek to mix in new-to us-artists with each exhibition."


  • Nov. 15, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2023

    Nov. 15, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2023

    Honored to have work included in the international on-line SNAG member exhibition "Hope is Resiliency" sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

  • Nov. 7, 2022 – Nov. 7, 2023

    Nov. 7, 2022 –  Nov. 7, 2023

    Honored to have my Key Mezuzah (1 & 6), 2022 included in the juried on-line exhibition "Tikvah/Hope" - the annual Karen Walanka exhibition sponsored by the American Guild of Judaic Art.

  • April 15, 2022

    April 15, 2022

    My Torah Pointer, In Honor of the Matriarchs, commissioned by Clay Barr for The Barr Foundation was mentioned in the article "Imaginative Torah pointers are at center of exhibit at Chrysler Museum" written by Stacy Parker for The Virginian-Pilot.

  • March 24 - August 14, 2022

    March 24 - August 14, 2022

    Two of my Torah Pointers commissioned by Clay Barr for The Barr Foundation (In Honor of the Matriarchs and Mayim) are on display at the McKinnon Galleries of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA in the exhibition The Guiding Hand: The Barr Foundation Collection of Torah Pointers.

  • Fall-Winter 2020

    Fall-Winter 2020

    Gratitude for all of the frontline healthcare workers taking care of us during the COVID pandemic.
    October 15th I joined the Hand Medal Project as "Hand Maker #2782".
    As “Hand Maker 2782”, I competed 36 Hand Medals. Together with six Boise State Alumni and Students, we made a total of 80 Hand Medals in about 2 weeks. As Idaho's "Hand Keeper", I worked with St. Luke's Hospital in Boise to get the 80 Hand Medals to frontline healthcare workers. These little Hand Medals are our small act of gratitude to show our appreciation and respect for the people on the frontlines, especially now as our COVID19 case numbers are surging.
    Please wear your mask and be socially responsible. Do it for our veterans in the nursing homes, do it for grandma and grandpa, do it for your pregnant neighbor, the immunocompromised stranger, and the healthcare workers.
    Thank you Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Rios for creating this powerful project and allowing us all to join you is showing our gratitude for the overworked, exhausted, yet dedicated and compassionate frontline healthcare workers around the world.

  • October 27, 2020

    October 27, 2020

    In memory of the 11 victims of the Tree of Life massacre on October 27, 2018, I donated 11 yahrtziet candle holders to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. The synagogue gave each yahrtziet candle holder to the families of the loved ones that were murdered.
    I did not know them, but their murders shook my core. Anti-Semitism, hate nd divisive rhetoric continue to grow in our country. When this massacre occurred in 2018, I was in the midst of preparing a cylinder demonstration for my advanced students. Two cylinders turned into 11 yahrtzeit candles - donated to the Tree of Life Congregation who plan to give them to the families of those that lost their lives.
    May their memories always be a blessing:
    Joyce Feinberg
    Richard Gottfried
    Rose Mallinger
    Jerry Rabinowitz
    Daniel Stein
    Melvin Wax
    Irving Younger
    Cecil Rosenthal
    David Rosenthal
    Bernice Simon
    Sylvan Simon

  • October 15 - November 30, 2020

    October 15 - November 30, 2020

    STATE|meant 2020: Significant and Powerful Jewelry, a juried on-line exhibition at Danaca Design in Seattle, WA included the brooch Tangible Hope: Hidden 2. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of this brooch go to the Souther Poverty Law Center.
    STATE│meant is a show of Significant and Powerful Jewelry. It is an opportunity for jewelry artists to speak out on challenging subjects and raise money for organizations significant to them. Subjects range from immunization and global climate change to immigration rights and the post office. The statements are in the form of necklaces, brooches, bracelets…there is even a tiara. Our jurors, moved by the eloquence of the submitting artists, selected work for both its strength in messaging through design and the clarity of their written statements.
    The selected work is on view and available in our online gallery through mid-November. A minimum of 50% of proceeds from each sale will be donated to the organization of the artist's choosing. Below is a list of donation beneficiaries.
    Our esteemed jurors: Keith Lewis and Nancy Megan Corwin

  • October 2 - November 2, 2020

    October 2 - November 2, 2020

    AMEND Exhibition: 100 Artists created work to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. I was invited to be one of the 100 artists and created "Mend, Vote - In Honor of Our Matriarchs".
    Together we fundraised over $10,000 for Black Voters Matter.
    Catalogue forthcoming.

  • May - June 2020

    Andy Cooperman and I had the honor of jurying The Battle of the Rings (aka The Ring Smackdown) for Danaca Design Studio in May.
    "Battle of the Rings, or the RING SMACKDOWN as we so fondly call it, is a head-to-head, tournament-style, ring competition and exhibition. Narrowed down by jury from 128 entries submitted from across the country and abroad, to just 64 exceptional rings, these fantastic objects are not only beautiful and fun but many are works of art. With themes of nesting and protection they are snapshots of this unprecedented time in history. Collectively they represent a wide range of materials, style, technique and personality. Just to be clear, for the most part these are not everyday-rings, they are statement rings and lucky for you they are ALL FOR SALE!"
    "The rings have been paired into matches and will go head-to-head beginning June 1st for a top prize of $500. All voting happens online, at the Danaca Design Studio Instagram account @danacadesignstudio EVERY morning at 9:00am (Pacific time) throughout the month of June. One Ring to Rule Them All; May the Best Ring Win!"

  • Spring 2020

    Spring 2020

    2020 Halstead Design Challenge: Connection, a juried exhibition moved to a fully on-line exhibition due to the pandemic, included Wanderings: Hiking: Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Loop (formerly known as Castle Rock Loop).
    The theme for the 2020 challenge, CONNECTION, is inspired by the city of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Any which way you want to look at the topic of CONNECTION, explore the 2020 Halstead Design Challenge theme by playing with your ideas surrounding this theme! Examples of connection include love, friendship, mechanical, physical, mentor/mentee, relationship and family. The bond between parent and child, human and Earth, the sun and the sky; connection can be conceptual, or physical, technical processes. Connection to a place or a time are possibilities too.
    The Jurors: Hilary Halstead Scott, Jim Bove, and Brigitte Martin.

  • July 26, 2019 - April 19, 2020

    Three wearable objects from my breathe series are in exhibition the Six Years Smitten: An exhibition of jewelry & objects.
    The traveling exhibition will be at form and concept gallery in Santa Fe, NM, then it will travel to East Carolina University (ECU) to be on display during the Material Topics Symposium in Greenville, NC. From ECU, the exhibition will travel to Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA.

  • July 26 - 28, 2019

    I will be giving a talk on my artwork and exhibiting artwork as part The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium and Six Years Smitten: an exhibition of jewelry & objects at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

  • March 30 - August 4, 2019

    Two necklaces from Tangible Hope will be exhibited in the 2019 Biennial Boise State University Department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies Faculty Exhibition held this year at the Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.

  • February 6 - May 30, 2019

    Two Torah Pointers, Honoring the Matriarchs and Mayim, commissioned for the Barr Foundation will be part of the exhibition The Guiding Hand: An Exhibition of Torah Pointers from Past and Present at the Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica in New York, NY.
    "For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. But over the millennia, the yad — pointer — has developed into a unique art form. While some are still carved out of wood, others are now shaped from silver or graphite, and even ornamented with gold, ivory and jewels.
    The yad has thus become an artistic chronicle of how Jews read and relate to the Torah, a story you can explore in a wide-ranging exhibition of more than 200 pointers of all styles and national origins, some up to 400 years old. The display draws from the Barr Foundation collection, and will also feature Torah ornaments belonging to the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El.
    To mark the opening of this exhibition, we will hold a moving processional of over 50 Torah scrolls from tri-state-area synagogues to complement the first-ever New York gathering of scrolls from Czechoslovakia that survived the Holocaust, in partnership with Memorial Scrolls Trust of London."

  • November 2018 - December 2020

    Olga Noronha curated Lip Liner and Ferrer Rocher Wedding Bands into an exhibition in the Future Room at the Museo Del Gioiello in Vicenza, Italy.

  • Nov. 6 - 30, 2018

    Tangible Hope: Hidden 2 will be included in the exhibit Turnout (Mid-Term Election Show) at the GEM Center for the Arts, in Boise, Idaho.
    "Turnout is an exhibition timed to coincide with this year’s mid-term election. The phrase turnout refers to the historically low voter turnout in 2016’s presidential elections, and the hope that we will do better this year. It also refers to the act of turning out a naughty child’s pockets or turning an unwanted guest out of the house.
    The artwork included in Turnout addresses current political issues that are relevant to the mid-term elections such as identity politics and civil rights, environmental protections, access to/sale of public lands, immigration, healthcare, separation of church and state, the military industrial complex/foreign policy."
    Turnout was curated by Eric Mullis and Kelly Cox.

  • October 12, 2018 - September 15, 2019

    Light in the Darkness, a Hanukah Menorah created in 2009 out of hand-carved walnut, cast glass, and sterling silver, which is part of the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum, NYC, is on display as part of their exhibition, "Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps."
    The exhibit includes 79 Hanukkah Lamps from The Jewish Museum NYC permanent collection.

  • Oct. 6, 2018 - April 21, 2019

    Two White Collar necklaces are on display at the Fuller Craft Museum in the exhibition "Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment."
    "Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment will bring together 75 examples of contemporary jewelry and costume that demonstrate the immense power of adornment to impact us physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Showcasing wearable work in various media from regional and national artists, the exhibition will explore the outer limits of comfort through works that constrict body movement, irritate the skin, make extreme demands, or touch upon sensitive cultural nerves. Uneasy Beauty is part of the Mass Fashion collaborative, a consortium of eight cultural institutions that aim to explore and celebrate the many facets of the Bay State’s culture of fashion. This exhibition is curated by Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, curator, and former editor of Metalsmith magazine."
    Sponsored by the Caroline R. Graboys Fund, the Coby Foundation, the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the Brockton Community Council.

  • October 5 & 6, 2018

    I created an automaton shrinky dinks brooch for the bi-annual Shrinky Dinks show and auction at Surel's Place in Garden City, Idaho.
    "Join Surel's Place during our 3rd annual Shrinky Dinks Show and Silent Auction, which benefits Surel's Place and allows us to share artists, events, workshops, and programming with the community.
    The Silent Auction features original works of Shrinky Dinks art made by many of Boise and Garden City's most collected artists and jewelry makers."

  • September 17, 2018 - July 27, 2019

    Five brooches and one necklace from Tangible Hope are touring Idaho as part of the Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition.
    "Since 1986, the Idaho Commission on the Arts has awarded Fellowships to artist producing exceptional work and demonstrating a deep commitment to artistic practice. Fellowships are a rare honor. They are offered on a rotation of disciplines: visual art, performing and media arts, and literature. A Fellowship recipient may receive three awards in a lifetime.
    This exhibit shares the work of five artists receiving Fellowships and two receiving Honor Mentions in Craft, Design, and Visual Arts in 2018. The artist were chosen by a peer-review panel using an anonymous process and the panel recommendations were approved by ICA Commissioners in May 2017."
    Sept. 17 - Oct. 22, 2018
    Nov. 1, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019
    CARR GALLERY, Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho
    Feb. 1 - March 23, 2019
    CENTER FOR ARTS & HISTORY, Lewiston, Idaho
    May 21 - July 27, 2019
    KING GALLERY, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho

  • 2018

    In 2018, I received the prestigious honor of being juried in as an Artisan Member of the Society of American Silversmiths.
    Society of American Silversmiths Artisan Members Munya Upin, Tom Muir, and founder Jeffrey Herman juried my work.

  • April 20 - May 20, 2018

    breathe 11 was included in the exhibition "Northwest Passage" at Alchemy Jewelers in Portland, Oregon.
    The exhibition featured artist with connections to the Pacific Northwest. Amarette Gregor juried the exhibition. The exhibition was part of the 2018 SNAG Conference Gallery Crawl.

  • January 5 - 25, 2018

    Honey Spoon for a Sweet Year of Learning 1 & 2 were included in the Spoon exhibit at the Gray Gallery in Greenville, NC.
    The Spoon exhibition took place in conjunction with the 9th Annual 2018 East Caroline University Metals Symposium, Material Topics: Deconstruct/Reconstruct.

  • December 2017 - May 2018

    My necklace Tangible Hope 5 was juried into the SNAG On-Line Exhibition Appropriated Adornment by jurors Dr. Emily Stoehrer, Museum of Fine Arts Boston Curator of Jewelry, and Michael Dale Bernard, professor and artist.
    "Personal exploration of historical design and fabrication has become effortless, hyperlinked, and cross-pollinated. An emerging nonchalance, moving away from traditional notions that research must always be rigorous or chronological, has yielded transmigratory design elements. The Appropriated Adornment exhibition features these refugee samples, elements that are being domesticated into the contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing vernacular."

  • November 24, 2017 - January 3, 2018

    Three objects from my breathe series were part of an exhibit at Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM in conjuncture with the Smitten Forum residency event at Ghost Ranch, NM.
    I was thrilled to be invited to join 13 other studio jeweler/metalsmiths in participating in the Smitten Forum, a Creative Gathering of Makers, at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. This exhibit at Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM highlighted some of the work of the participants. What an amazing experience.

  • 2018

    I am honored to have been awarded a Fellowship from The Idaho Commission on the Arts.
    "Five Idaho artists have been awarded Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowships in Craft, Design & Visual Arts: Sarah Bird (Hailey), Pamela DeTuncq(Hailey), Lonnie Hutson (Deary), Anika Smulovitz (Boise), and Nishiki Sugawara-Beda (Moscow). Fellowship winners will each receive $5,000. The awards, given every three years, recognize outstanding artists, honoring work deemed to exhibit the highest artistic merit during peer review. Applicants were reviewed anonymously in a highly competitive process by panelists from out of state and were judged solely on the basis of existing work and professional history. The panel also awarded Honorable Mentions in the amount of $1,000 to silver engraver Brian Hochstrat, conceptual artist Lianne Wappett, and mosaic artist Anna Webb."

  • October 5 - November 5, 2017

    The Aaron Faber Gallery included five of my objects of Judaica in their 2017 fall group exhibition, Messages: Jewelry Speaks.
    "Our fall 2017 group exhibition looks at jewelry's (and Judaica's) capacity to contain, to transmit, and to share messages. These messages are sometimes direct - recognized words or symbols used to communicate emotions, wishes, invoke higher powers or spirits, or portray an image or portrait - and sometimes indirect, jewels that are created from an aesthetic or decorative concept that manifests its message, often of status, power or protection, through its materials, including gems."
    The exhibition will be at the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York City October 5 - 28, 2017, and then it will travel to SOFA Chicago 2017, November 2 - 5.

  • August 28 - October 27, 2017

    Three works from my newest series Tangible Hope will be included in the 2017 Biennial Art Department Faculty Exhibition in the Liberal Arts Gallery of the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University.

  • August 2017

    Tikkun Olam (mezuzah) was curated into the 2017 Metalsmith Magazine Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal - Making Things Whole Again by Stuart Kestenbaum, director of Haystack School of Crafts in Maine.
    "Soon after humans began making things, they began to repair them. In today’s high-tech world—where it’s challenging just to open up malfunctioning electronics, and it often costs more to repair than to buy a new product—the tradition and capacity for restoration has declined in our lives. This reparative spirit is still present among people who actually make things, however. Think of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pots with gold, or a tinker patching pots and pans, or the improvisational work of a mechanic fixing an old car."
    "Besides prolonging the life of the object, repair also speaks to our yearning to make things right again, to make things whole. Repairing is more than fixing—it’s a metaphorical way to look at the role of makers. When we repair things, are we also fixing ourselves? Can giving renewed life to objects and materials—perhaps ones that have had other functions—renew us as well? How does the world look when we say that what is broken can be made whole again, using ingenuity and imagination?"
    "Stuart Kestenbaum is Maine’s poet laureate, an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council, and for many years served as the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Only Now (Deerbrook Editions) and The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press), a collection of brief essays on craft and community."
    Stuart Kestenbaum, “Repair and Renewal: Making Things Whole Again”, Metalsmith, Curated Exhibition in Print, vol. 37, no.4, 2017, 17

  • August 2017

    Check out the SNAG//SPACE on-line exhibition of the Halstead Design Challenge: Memento.
    Tangible Hope 6, created as part of the challenge was accepted by a jury into the exhibition at Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 2017, and is now a part of the SNAG//SPACE on-line exhibition.
    The 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asked 200 participants to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. Proceeds from entry fees directly benefit SNAG.

  • June 2 - July 31, 2017

    breathe 9, a necklace from my breathe series, will be in the Terrarium exhibition curated by April VanDeGrift and Erin Cunningham at the Visual Art Collective in Garden City, Idaho.

  • May 10 - 29, 2017

    Tangible Hope 6, created as part of the Halstead Design Challenge: Memento, was accepted into the exhibition at Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    The 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asked 200 participants to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. A juried selection from all entries will be exhibited at the SNAG New Orleans Conference in May 2017. Proceeds from entry fees directly benefit SNAG.

  • May 4 - 29, 2017

    Tangible Hope 10 and Tangible Hope 11 were included in the Seattle Metals Guild group exhibition at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA.
    Original jewelry and sculpture exhibited by Seattle Metals Guild (SMG) members using left over old-growth Douglas fir from the Wawona Schooner (1897).

  • April 29, 2017

    I created and donated 6 Medals of Hope pins to the Surel's Place 2nd Biennial Shrinky Dink Auction.
    It was fun to play around with Shrinky Dinks, and to have these pins shown and auctioned off at Surel's Place.

  • March 13 - April 7, 2017

    Tangible Hope 4 was accepted by juror Dr. Anja Foerschner for the 32nd Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition at the Tipton-Slocumb Gallery at East Tennessee University, Johnson City, TN. The opening reception is March 23, from 5-7pm. My brooch was one of the 32 Positive/Negative Open artists selected out of the 116 applicants received.

  • Spring 2017

    I have been granted a sabbatical leave from Boise State University for Spring 2017 semester. I am very excited about the new jewelry I will be creating while on sabbatical.

  • Sept. 8 - Oct. 16, 2016

    Jewelry from my breathe series, including a new necklace, will be included in the upcoming exhibition Shadow Themes: Finding the Present in the Past at The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross in New York, NY.
    Reinstein|Ross Gallery's fall exhibition Shadow Themes: Finding the present in the past, featuring 33 American women jewelers. Opening September 8 through October 16, 2016.
    A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, September 8th, from 6-8pm.
    Shadow Themes is the brainchild of two renowned studio jewelers, Biba Schutz and Marjorie Simon. The two artists, and friends, have long discussed their desire to collaborate on an exhibition. Since they are primarily makers they talk frequently about process—in terms of technique, problem solving and the evolution of the concepts behind the work. Having both admired the great South African multi-media artist William Kentridge, they find that through his work, he is able to eloquently explore the way an artist’s themes become part of a lifelong stream of inspiration and creation.
    Of their idea, Schutz and Simon said, “working intuitively as makers, we do not always consciously choose our subject matter and it may be much later that the content reveals itself. We selected a multi-generational group of distinguished contemporary art jewelers to consider this aspect of their work: to identify threads that they follow or themes they return to over time.”
    The thirty-three artists in this exhibition come from a fine craft tradition of jewelry and object making. In addition to new work, artists were invited to submit an early piece that is related to their current work. The exhibition will reveal how artists evolve and revisit ideas in jewelry and objects.
    Participating Artists:Kristin Beeler, Kathleen Browne, Raissa Bump, Jessica Calderwood, Petra Class, Sandra Enterline, Diane Falkenhagen, Teresa Faris, Susie Ganch, Jill Baker Gower, Mielle Harvey, Lorena Lazard, Sharon Massey, Wendy McAllister, Patricia Nelson, Masako Onodero, Brigid O'Hanrahan, Joan Parcher, Mary Hallam Pearse, Sharon Portelance, Mary Preston, Lyndsay Rice, Hilary Sanders, Barbara Seidenath, Sondra Sherman, Susan Kasson Sloan, Anika Smulovitz, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Rachelle Thiewes, Linda Threadgill, April Wood, Sayumi Yokouchi, and Sandie Zilker.

  • September 2, 2016 - January 30, 2017

    My newest jewelry, Tangible Hope, was juried into the upcoming Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2016: Metalmorhposis.
    I am honored to have my work juried into this prestigious exhibition and look forward to going to the opening in September.
    In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on current and new work. For each edition, Bellevue Arts Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. The fourth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis, is focused on the medium of metal.
    Whether precious or prosaic, metal has captivated makers and thinkers alike for over 10,000 years, inviting thoughts on transformation and attempts to unlock the secrets of the physical and metaphysical realms. The Museum received a record-breaking 330 applications for this year's biennial—a testament to the creative potential of this elemental material and the powerful inspiration it continues to evoke in art, craft, and design. From this talented and vast pool of applicants, 49 artists have been chosen to participate.

  • Aug. 4 - Sept. 2, 2016

    Two of my White Collars are included in the exhibition Retro/Future: Classic Forms and Contemporary Design at the Edwardsville Arts Center in Edwardsville, IL.
    “Retro/Future: Classic Forms, Contemporary Design” features 17 talented international artists. The exhibiting artists mainly work in metal, with forms that vary from classic jewelry with contemporary elements, to free standing or wall-hung sculptures. This show is curated by SIUe metalsmithing professor Aimee Howard.

  • 2106-2017

    The Alexa Rose Foundation honored me with another larger grant to have my newest work professionally photographed.
    I am thrilled to have received a second grant from the Alexa Rose Foundation, and look forward to sharing the beautiful images of my newest work with you.
    The Alexa Rose foundation was founded in 2015 to provide substantial impact on the lives of creative residents of Ada and Canyon County, giving them access to the catalytic experiences and skills they need to develop as artist and people. In its second cycle of grants for visual artists, the Alexa Rose Foundation received 88 applications totally $255,600 in requests. The Foundation had $64,000 to fund artist this year, so the competition was significant. In the end, 30 local artists representing multiple artistic mediums were awarded grants.

  • 2015-2016

    The Alexa Rose Foundation honored me with a $5000 grant to create a new body of work.
    In its inaugural year, the Alexa Rose Foundation received 100 applications totaling almost $300,000 in requests. Artistic mediums represented included painting, photography, digital art, video, mixed media, printmaking, metalwork, sculpture and glass. The majority of the applications were from emerging and mid-career artists. Approximately half of the applications sought grant funding for a learning opportunity (tuition, workshop, etc.), while the other half were for equipment and supplies.
    The Foundation had $67,000 to fund artists this year, so the competition was significant. In the end, 35 local artists were awarded grants.
    I am very excited for this opportunity and to begin this new body of wearable objects.

  • August 30, 2015

    Susan Lomuto featured my Keys in her blog post at the Daily Art Muse: a Curated Collection of Contemporary Fine Craft.
    So honored to be highlighted by this lovely blog.

  • May 23 - September 6, 2015

    Five of my White Collars will be included in the exhibition Food, Shelter, Clothing at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Crafts in Louisville, KY.
    The exhibition Food, Shelter, Clothing explores themes embedded in the ideas of food, shelter, and clothing and will extend the conversation to consider different social, political, and cultural dimensions. How are basic needs met, exceeded, interpreted, and challenged through the creative endeavors of artists and their audiences?
    Artists included in this show are Futurefarmers (Amy Franceschini), Kenyatta Hinkle, Lisi Raskin and Kimberly Kay, Tameka Norris, Marjetica Potrč, Lee Mingwei, Vik Muniz, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and Andrea Zittel.

  • April 22 - June 7, 2015

    body in motion: breathe 2 is part of the Seattle Metals Guild display of pins at the Bellevue Art Museum store.

  • September 23, 2014

    Focus magazine, the Boise State University Alumni magazine, highlighted my artwork in a short article entitled Forged in Metal: Artist’s Work Gives Her Freedom to Explore, written by Sherry Squires.

  • 2014

    My artwork was nominated for the fourth Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.

  • 2014

    Cort Conley wrote a lovely article on my work entitle The Art of Small Objects & Large Subjects for the Spring 2014 Issue of Latitudes, the Idaho Commission on the Arts quarterly newsletter.

  • April 22 - May 4, 2014

    My brooch, In search of...? (18), was juried into the exhibition Resolutely Ambiguous at The Shop, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

  • 2014

    I have been nominated for the prestigious 2014 International Arts & Crafts Design Award.

  • November 16, 2013 - January 19, 2014

    Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum will be hosting Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition from November 16, 2013 - January 19, 2014. A catalogue will accompany the exhibit.
    33 Finalists were selected out of 137 entrants by jurors: Bruce Pepich, Executive Director of the Racine Art Museum, WI; Natalya Pinchuk, jeweler; Catherine Raphael, metalsmith and storyteller; Margaret Raphael, filmmaker; Alexandra Raphael, enamelist; Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions SCC.

  • September 6 - October 29, 2013

    body in motion: breathe 2 (2011) was included in the 2013 Biennial Art Department Faculty Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University, Boise, ID.

  • August 15 - October 15, 2013

    University of Arkansas, Little Rock Art Gallery, will be presenting Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition from August 15 - October 15, 2013. A catalogue will accompany the exhibit.
    33 Finalists were selected out of 137 entrants by jurors: Bruce Pepich, Executive Director of the Racine Art Museum, WI; Natalya Pinchuk, jeweler; Catherine Raphael, metalsmith and storyteller; Margaret Raphael, filmmaker; Alexandra Raphael, enamelist; Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions SCC.

  • August 11 - 23, 2013

    I will be teaching a two-week workshop entitled Unexpected Beauty: Material Transformed at Penland School of Crafts in Ashville, North Carolina. In this workshop we will explore possibilities for combining metal with unexpected materials to create jewelry and/or small objects. Each day we will discuss different conceptual and technical approaches and look at the work of artists who are finding inspiration and beauty in unexpected places. Materials will include metal, wood, plastics, paper, fabric, and found objects. Techniques will include soldering, cold connections, bezel and tube settings, hydraulic forming, and color applications. All levels, but basic metalworking skills will be helpful.

  • November 30, 2012 - January 26, 2013

    Curator Suzanne Ramljak, Editor of Metalsmith magazine, included my artwork in her exhibition Body Language: Contemporary Art Jewelry at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.
    Curator’s Statement:
    "While all jewelry is intended for our bodies, it can also be created about and of the body. The exhibition, “Body Language: Contemporary Art Jewelry,” explores the intimate link between object and wearer, and the ways that jewelry modifies and speaks of the body as subject, site, and matter. Among the works on view are pieces depicting anatomical parts; jewelry dealing with physiological processes and interior structures; full figures and silhouettes; and works made from bodily substances like hair or bone.
    The selected works by twenty-seven contemporary jewelry artists in “Body Language” reveal the potent and telling interplay between the human physique and the objects we choose to attach to ourselves. Through such physical involvement, these jewelers provide insights into the human condition and the eloquence of our corporeal selves."
    A catalogue of the exhibition is available.

  • September 21 - October 19, 2012

    My work was included in the exhibition Embodiment, at the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Michigan School of Art & Design, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. The exhibition was curated by Katie MacDonald and Anne Mondro.

  • May 4, 2012

    Mardeco Lorrosa blogged about my Body in Motion necklaces.

  • February 2012

    Check out my "Getting to Know You... Board Members Speak" on the Society of North American Goldsmiths website.

  • February 15, 2012

    Some of my paper jewelry is included in the book Paper Jewellery (Design and Make) by Sarah Kelly, published by A&C Black Publishing Co., Inc.

  • February 3 - June 30, 2012

    My work has been chosen as a Finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder's Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA.
    The work of the Finalists and the Prize winner will be displayed at Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder's Prize at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. A catalogue will accompany the exhibit, and the exhibit will travel.
    33 Finalists were selected out of 137 entrants by jurors: Bruce Pepich, Executive Director of the Racine Art Museum, WI; Natalya Pinchuk, jeweler; Catherine Raphael, metalsmith and storyteller; Margaret Raphael, filmmaker; Alexandra Raphael, enamelist; Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions SCC.

  • 2011

    I was nominated and the runner-up for the Boise State University College of Arts and Sciences Award in Research (Arts and Humanities).
    While I did not receive the award, it was an honor to be nominated and an honor to be mentioned at the College of Arts and Sciences spring meeting. Thank you to all of my colleagues in the college for this recognition of my creative research.

  • September 2 - October 24, 2011

    body in motion: tracers work included in the Biennial Art Department Faculty Exhibition 2011.

  • 2011

    White Collar 4 was included in the Lark Books 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of 500 Series.

  • August 3 - 7, 2011

    White Collar 12 will be on display and available for sale at Patina Gallery in Sante Fe, NM as a benefit for Penland School of Craft.

  • June 3, 2011

    The Idaho Commission on the Arts awarded me an Honorable Mention Fellowship.
    "Fellowships reward artists for their artistic and professional achievements and contributions to the field, recognizing, in sum, their exceptional talent. Out-of-state panelists applied evaluation criteria: 85% for artistic excellence (work shows originality, distinguished consistency, and preeminent quality) and 15% for past achievements. Panelists John Spiak, curator, Arizona State University Art Museum; Karen Kitchel, artist, Altadena, California; and Greg Kucera, gallerist, Kucera Gallery, Seattle, served as judges."

  • 2011

    My work was nominated for the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.
    While I did not receive an award, it was an honor to be nominated and to have Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, curator of northwest art, visit my studio.

  • November 2010

    I just joined Crafthaus.
    Check out my profile page and say "hello" at crafthaus.ning.com/profile/AnikaSmulovi…

  • November 5, 2010 - January 9, 2011

    Three works from my Key series are part of the exhibit Realizing the Neo-Palatial at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN.
    Realizing the Neo-Palatial brings Metalsmith magazine's annual Exhibition in Print to life at the Metal Museum. The printed exhibition was curated by celebrated author Garth Clark, who offered a guided tour of the palatial mode in contemporary metalsmithing and art. The Museum's exhibition is drawn from the pages of the magazine, featuring opulent and lavish objects that share the splendor of the past but with timely twists and new materials.

  • October 1 - 31, 2010

    Three necklaces from the body in motion series to be exhibited in The Plastic Show at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, California.
    body in motion: study 3 - 5 will be exhibited at the Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, California, as part of The Plastic Show. The Plastic Show celebrated the recent publication of 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of a Modern Material by Lark Books. www.velvetdavinci.com/index.php

  • August 2010

    Two pieces from my Key series and two necklaces from my White Collar series were curated by Garth Clark into Metalsmith Magazine's Exhibition in Print 2010: Neo-Palatial
    Garth Clark is the guest curator of Metalsmith's special annual Exhibition in Print this year. The theme of this issue, chosen by Clark, is Neo-Palatial: Objects of Virtue and Vice. The issue will showcase contemporary objects de virtue, extravagant works that challenge the limitations of technique, scale, and sometimes good taste. Designed to take center stage, this work is brash, exaggerated and virtuosic in their use of metals.
    Neo-Palatial will feature work by twenty-one contemporary artists. Featured artists include Tim Horn, Jeff Koons, Michele Oka Doner, Shana Astrachan, emiko oye, Tomek Ogrodowski, Marie Pendaries, Anika Smulovitz, and Amelia Toekle.
    Garth Clark is a renowned curator, critic, dealer and historian. One of craft's most influential intellectuals, Clark has edited and contributed to more than fifty books, and is author of numerous essays and articles. He has also curated many significant exhibitions at museums around the world.
    Work featured in the Exhibition in Print will be exhibited at The Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, in November and December 2010. Clark will speak about the work as one of SNAG's three lectures in the Salon Series at SOFA Chicago, and his essay from the Exhibition in Print will be reprinted in the SOFA catalogue. www.snagmetalsmith.org/Publications/Met…

  • June 2010

    The Peter S. Reed Foundation, Inc. awarded me a generous grant for the purpose of supporting my endeavors in the field of jewelry design.
    Thank you!

  • February 25 - March 17, 2010

    Nine Rings to be exhibited in True Individuality - Adornment for the Hand.
    Three Hinged Rings (part of the body in motion series), three Herbarium Specimen Rings, and three Nub Rings will be exhibited at the True Individuality - Adornment for the Hand exhibition at the Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. The exhibition was curated by Jolee Mickesh. www.uwec.edu/Art/foster/index.htm

  • January 30 - March 20, 2010

    First Place at Refined VI: Back to Basics exhibition.
    body in motion: study 1 - 5 and body in motion: gravity 1 - 5 are on exhibit at the national juried exhibition Refined VI: Back to Basics at The Art Center at The Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, Texas. The body in motion: study series was awarded First Place by juror Lisa Gralnick. The exhibition was sponsored by the Stephen F. Austin State University. www.art.sfasu.edu/

  • January 2010

    Welcome to my new website.
    I hope you enjoy the work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the work or the website.