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Currently on display at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology is the exhibition Material Girls, showcasing 15 women artists with unique approaches to materials. Full disclosure: This is a show I curated, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it came together.
I currently work at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, a non-profit organization that focuses on getting youth involved in the arts. We have an amazing clay facility and a pretty kick butt metal arts studio, designed by yours truly. We run an after school program for teens in grades 9-12, but right now we're gearing up for our 5 week summer arts intensive. We'll have our students everyday, M-F from 10am-3pm. So we're not joking around when we call it our Summer Intensive!
In the Metal Arts studio, we're going to be spending five whole weeks exploring found objects and non-traditional materials, in addition to learning all the basic metals techniques. A large part of my motivation for this exhibition was to show my students the variety of approaches to materials within our field. Brockway is a small, very rural community in western Pennsylvania, and a big part of my job for the past year has been educating people on what "Metal Arts" is and can be. One of the things I find most exciting about the field of metals and jewelry is that anything goes in terms of materials and I want to share that with my students, and hopefully inspire them to explore what they find to be interesting.
One of my other favorite things about this field are all the amazing and talented people that make it up. As my residents and I were brainstorming the list of participants, I noticed that I know a lot of super awesome ladies who make super awesome work. I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the role of women in our field and the arts in general. In fact, after I had sent out the invitation to participate, I kept thinking of more super awesome ladies I would love to have in this show. (No worries if you didn't get an invite, I'm totally planning on a Material Girls II someday!) A catchy title, and we were ready to roll.
We're having a closing reception this Friday, June 24, from 6-8pm. The gallery is open 9am-5pm the rest of the week, M-F. If you're in the rural western PA area, we'd love to have to stop by! Seriously, these women are amazing, and I'm so honored I get to display their work.
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