20/20 Creative Collaborations Multiplied

What do you do when a friend approaches you with one of her bucket list items? You say YES! It's what I did and for the past year, my friend, metalsmith professor Sue Amendolara (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) and I have been working together on a collaborative exhibition project. The result of our work, and that of her collaborative explorations with 21 metalsmiths will be on view during the upcoming SNAG conference (May 24-27, 2017) in New Orleans.

Marion Cage Gallery graciously supports the project and is lending her exhibition space. Everyone is invited to visit the gallery all throughout the conference and especially on gallery crawl night, Thursday, May 25. We hope to see you there!

What is the 20/20 project about?

Collaborations are a unique form of education: they bring new ideas to our work, they force us to take responsibility for creative decisions, and they stretch our imagination.


Taking this idea a step further, Sue Amendolara chose 21 respected friends and colleagues based on the diversity of their personal aesthetics to join her in an experiment: Each partner received a cast sterling silver shape and the directive to finish the collaboration in whatever way they chose. The result is a collection of 21 artworks that, not surprisingly, differ greatly in style, shape, and scale.


“It is rewarding for me to see where other creative minds took my original design. In exchange, I hope my partners also got a meaningful creative impulse from me.”

- Sue Amendolara

Collaborative partners:

Haley Bates

Andy Cooperman

Cappy Counard

Marilyn daSilva

Teresa Faris

Brian Ferrell

Adrienne Grafton

Sun Kyoung Kim

Joshua Kosker

Andrew Kuebeck

Becky McDonah

Thomas Mann

Brigitte Martin (crafthaus)

Tom Muir

Kathryn Osgood

Annie Pennington

John Rais

Chris Ramsay

Todd Reed

Alexis Spina

Demitra Thomloudis

Logan Woodle

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