Two Kent State Jewelry/Metals Alumni Featured in Online Exhibition
Two recent Jewelry/Metals/Enameling alumni, Rachel Davis (MA, 2017) and Jesse Nutter (BFA, 2017) had work selected for the exhibition So Fresh + So Clean, sponsored by the organization Ethical Metalsmiths. Rachel Davis had four total pieces accepted into the exhibition and her piece “Mourning Brooch No. 4” (pictured above) won the Juror's Choice award. Jesse Nutter had two pieces accepted, including the one pictured below titled “Adrift.”
The Fourth Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Student Exhibition had two elements they wanted to address with the selected entries. The first is FRESH: Work that’s happening now, challenging how we define the field of metalsmithing and jewelry. The second is CLEAN: Looking at how our studio practices impact the environment and human health.
“Each year, we ask the student community to submit their best work, highlighting their connection to craft tradition as well as the ways in which they view contemporary concerns. By bridging the connection between material sourcing and crafted outcomes, these students show us many approaches to altering our impact on the planet. Through considerate recycling and reuse practices, we find opportunities to keep materials out of the landfill and in useful circulation. In approaching their making from many different perspectives – from the aesthetic to conceptual to environmental – these artists represent a community of makers who will change the landscape of the metalsmithing field for years to come,” stated the Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee.