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Gallery II features Ebendorf jewelry exhibit

March 1, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Robert Ebendorf, a leader in the studio jewelry movement, combines traditional goldsmithing techniques, collage and unconventional materials in his studio practice. His jewelry is being featured in a comprehensive exhibition in Gallery II of Sangren Hall at Western Michigan University beginning Monday, March 6, and continuing weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Thursday, March 23.

During his campus visit Monday through Thursday, March 6-9, Ebendorf will judge the Annual Art Student Show and give a public evening lecture on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 2302 of Sangren Hall. Both the exhibition and Ebendorf's lecture are free of charge and open to the public.

Ebendorf is the Belk Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University School of Art, and his campus visit is being sponsored by the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Ebendorf's use of unusual found materials--such as crab claws, sea glass, plastic, and paper--results in dynamic ornamentation. Besides his jewelry, his exhibit includes drawings and a sampling of source and historical material in the form of painted seashells and a postcard series that he and a friend developed through their childhood correspondence.

This past fall, Ebendorf was a featured artist and presenter at the national SOFA '05 exhibition in Chicago. The American Crafts Council has honored him with a fellowship for his achievement in crafts and his commitment to the crafts movement. He is a founding member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and his work is represented in numerous major collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. "Robert Ebendorf: A Forty Year Tribute Exhibition" was curated by and first shown at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. Subsequently, it toured throughout the United States.

For additional information, please contact the WMU School of Arts Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455.

Media contact: Jackie Ruttinger, (269) 387-2455, jacquelyn.ruttinger@wmich.edu

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