The Unforgettable Experience of three years MFA studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The original reason for my coming to the United States was to find a studio that would allow me to devote myself to making new work; Professor Lynda LaRoche at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) opened that door for me.

As a public state university in Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has offered me a wonderful study environment, providing me with a variety of classes and diversified cultural experiences and relationships. By studying with a number of different professors at IUP, I have been able to access a variety of mediums and practices, and to reflect upon my work and the work of others in classes such as Art Seminar and Art Critique. This learning experience has provided me with a systematic approach to understanding and critiquing a wide variety of approaches and at the same time, has respected and encouraged my own artistic language. My artwork has been affected by these new cultures and environments and I have developed a new approach which combines my Chinese traditional culture with new perspectives on contemporary issues during my three years of study.

 Jewelry and Metals Studio at IUP

I was able to immerse myself in the IUP and Indiana community and I have enjoyed the local American culture, which has provided me many worthwhile experiences outside of the studio. The Office of International Education offered various programs for an international communication, such as International United Day and Conversation Club, which have enriched my life experiences.

 

Outside of Indiana, Pittsburgh was the closest city to broaden my views through art and crafts exhibition, especially the Society for Contemporary Craft and Luke & Eloy Gallery. I attended most gallery exhibitions and discovered many artists. These artists work with traditional craft materials and have developed a unique language through materials and process. This insight opened up a new door for me to critique my work and gave me references to involve myself with contemporary art. At the same time, I started to exhibit in these galleries, interacting with the public community and various artists. I am enriched by learning different concepts and techniques as well as urban area culture. These experiences will contribute to my future position as an educator and an artist.

 A Group Exhibition at Luke & Eloy Gallery

I have successfully completed my three years of MFA studies at IUP. Through a remarkable range of classes and excellent facilities that promote a personal experience, I am satisfied that my IUP education has opened the same window as other competitive universities in the United States.  (My work has been selected for a number of exhibits and I have been honored with several competitive awards and fellowships, too) As a person who has drive, an innovative perspective, and ever-growing communication skills, I have achieved both academic and artistic success and have significantly broadened my multicultural perspective. My experience has been unforgettable and I believe it will benefit me for the rest of my life.

My Thesis Exhibition

 Woodworking Class Critique

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Comment by Bifei Cao on April 18, 2012 at 12:36pm
Yes, I miss your gallery, where I started to grow up. I had few shows at L&E and saw so many wonderful artists' work. Yup, good momories!!
Comment by Brigitte Martin on April 18, 2012 at 12:05pm

Thanks for the shout out to the L&E gallery. It was nice to see the card again, good memories :-)

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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