Olivia Shih
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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Oakland, CA, USA
Place of Work ? Example: Studio, College, Gallery, Museum, ...)
Studio + Gallery
I am a .... Example: Student, Maker, Educator, etc.
A recent BFA graduate working as a bench jeweler and gallery assistant.
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.
http://www.oliviashih.com
What media do you work with?
Acrylic, wood, felt, copper, enamel, sterling silver, bass, gold filled materials

Olivia Shih's Friends

  • Sher Novak
  • Evelyn Markasky
  • Jina Seo
  • Hilary Sanders
  • Hsiang-Lynn Pai
  • Megan McGaffigan
  • Dominique Bereiter
  • alice simpson
  • Andrew Kuebeck
  • Vincent Pontillo
  • Deborah Lozier
  • Kelly Nedderman
  • Jill Baker Gower
  • Alison B. Antelman
  • Harriete E Berman
 

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Recent Scholarships, Grants, & Awards

2015
Art Olympia Finalist
Windgate Fellowship Nominee
Halstead Grant Top Ten Finalist
NICHE Awards Finalist
Women's Jewelry Association Grant
Haystack Workstudy Scholarship
SNAG Conference Student Scholarship
California College of the Arts Travel Grant
GIA Scholarship


2014
MSJA Education Foundation Scholarship
California College of the Arts All College Honors


Solo Exhibitions


2014
Feminism Is Dead!
College Avenue Galleries, California College of the Arts,
Oakland, CA


Recent Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

Itami International Craft Exhibition 2015: Jewellery
MAC-Itami, The Museum of Arts and Crafts
Itami, Japan

Love Is...
PIN sstudio
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
Asheville, NC

Forms of Adornment: Flesh & the Erotic
Lamar Dodd School of Art
Athens, GA

Art Olympia 
Toshima City Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Earrings Galore
Heidi Lowe Gallery
Rehoboth Beach, DE

California Now: Juried Exhibition of Clay, Glass & Enamel Art
Richmond Art Center
Richmond, CA

Materials: Hard & Soft
Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
Denton, TX

Emergence: New Thoughts in Craft and Object Making
Lewandowski Student Gallery
Rock Hill, SC

Latest Activity

Kelly Nedderman and Olivia Shih are now friends
Feb 11
2Roses liked Olivia Shih's discussion Interpretations of Masculinity: an interview with American jewelry artist, Andrew Kuebeck.
Sep 1, 2016
The Justified Sinner liked Olivia Shih's discussion Interpretations of Masculinity: an Interview with American jewelry artist, Andrew Kuebeck.
Aug 31, 2016
Olivia Shih added a discussion to the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
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Interpretations of Masculinity: an Interview with American jewelry artist, Andrew Kuebeck.

Olivia Shih: Hello Andrew! Could you share with us how you found your way to creating jewelry that deals with gender and interpretations of masculinity? Andrew Kuebeck: Ever since high school, when I started taking jewelry classes, I’ve been interested in working figuratively with my work. Early on, I was really inspired by the works of Chris Smith and Keith Lewis and really enjoyed how they were able to incorporate the figure with richly constructed visual narratives. As I began to branch out…See More
Aug 31, 2016
Olivia Shih added a discussion to the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
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Behind the Scenes with Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro

During my interview with Vincent, we talked about his involved work process and how he utilizes technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing to augment his work on gender issues. In this blog post, Vincent generously shares behind-the-scene images for pouch (2016), a new piece of work that reconsiders his series, thoughts on fertility (2013). …See More
Aug 12, 2016
Olivia Shih and Vincent Pontillo are now friends
Aug 9, 2016
Olivia Shih added a discussion to the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
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On the Intimate and the Personal: an interview with American jewelry artist Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro

Olivia Shih: Hello Vincent, and thank you for agreeing to this interview! Could you give us a little background on yourself and your work? Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro: Prior to jewelry, I was a classically trained trumpet player studying at Interlochen Arts Academy (a small, intense, and immersive arts boarding school for roughly 400 high-school students in northern Michigan), which is where I took my first jewelry/metals course in 2004.   OS: Was this the class that tempted you to enter the…See More
Jul 26, 2016
Vincent Pontillo joined Olivia Shih's group
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Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry

In this crafthaus blog, I explore the intersection between gender and jewelry with a three-prong approach: interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work via questionnaires; and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.See More
Jul 13, 2016
Olivia Shih added a discussion to the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
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Taking a Crowbar to Jewelry: an interview with Swedish jewelry maker Tobias Alm

 Olivia Shih: Hello Tobias! In previous interviews, you mentioned that studying gender and queer theories, with a focus on masculinities, has really transformed your work as an artist. Why do you think contemporary art jewelry has potential for exploring gender issues?Tobias Alm: The world of jewelry is heavily gendered, and its history is filled with symbolism and traditions that take an active part in the gender structures of societies. I believe that jewelry artists and makers have a great…See More
Jul 3, 2016
Jill Baker Gower liked Olivia Shih's discussion Upclose, naked, and there: an interview with Dutch artist Anke Huyben
Jun 21, 2016
Olivia Shih added a discussion to the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
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Upclose, naked, and there: an interview with Dutch artist Anke Huyben

Olivia Shih: Hello Anke! Before we launch into talking about your work, could you tell me about your background? I know you trained as a goldsmith entrepreneur and attended art school, but what is a goldsmith entrepreneur?Anke Huyben: As a goldsmith entrepreneur, you learn to work with precious metals, to set stones, and to start your own business. But that traditional way of doing things always bugged me. When we had to make a set of jewellery, I came up with a ring and crown that you attached…See More
Jun 21, 2016
Seana Higgins joined Olivia Shih's group
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Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry

In this crafthaus blog, I explore the intersection between gender and jewelry with a three-prong approach: interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work via questionnaires; and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.See More
Jun 18, 2016
Jacqueline Elisabeth Perry joined Olivia Shih's group
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Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry

In this crafthaus blog, I explore the intersection between gender and jewelry with a three-prong approach: interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work via questionnaires; and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.See More
May 18, 2016
The Justified Sinner replied to Olivia Shih's discussion Let's Talk Politics in the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
"This is very interesting. I would argue that there is a dangerous thread in universities (and education generally) of stifling debate in the name of "not causing offence". In the UK, that bastion of 'free speech', the Oxford…"
May 18, 2016
Olivia Shih added a discussion to the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
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Let's Talk Politics

When I was immersed in art school and its countless critiques, I found that people tended to shy away from contemporary jewelry with a political bent, whether it be about gender conformity or democratizing jewelry through alternative materials. The word “politics” brings to mind corrupt bureaucracies, disfigured promises, and the ceaseless bickering between two political parties. But “politics” is so much more than its bad reputation. As writer, educator, and activist Ghadeer Malek puts it,…See More
May 17, 2016
Olivia Shih replied to Olivia Shih's discussion Hello there in the group Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry
"Hi Brigitte, it really is a fascinating subject. I just found out today that four of the beached North Sea sperm whales had large amounts of plastic in their stomachs. Even though the plastic wasn't the direct cause of their deaths, the plastic…"
May 2, 2016

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Black Bear Forge: Hardware for Woodworkers

Black Bear Forge, run by John Switzer, is a one-person blacksmith shop located in Beulah, Colorado. Smith specializes in hardware and unique tools for woodworkers and produces custom forged iron work, standard ironware objects, and accoutrements for…See More
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Everyone enjoyed a very delectable time at our recent 20:20 Visions conference, including this delicious performance by Rachael Colley and Nuala Clooney (aka BY|WITH|BY) as part of the 'Ambiguous Implements' exhibition.   "
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When The Farrier Comes To Town

 Ian, the stable's farrier is a shy guy, but I got him to kick on his portable forge for y'all and allow us a quick peek inside his trailer. He said it's a mess inside and he's sorry about that. Lol! Like we don't know what metal working looks…See More
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The Justified Sinner commented on The Justified Sinner's blog post Jewellery International
"We'd love to welcome you here! Are you meeting with Stephen Bottomley soon? If so, there might b opportunities there."
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