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Visiting Artist: Bruce Metcalf

April 10, 2014

"Adventures in Sex and Seduction"
Richmond Center for Visual Arts room 1004
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

"Considering Ornament"
Richmond Center for Visual Arts room 2008
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Bruce Metcalf has been described as the "Socratic gadfly of metalsmithing" by art historian Sean Licka. He received a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1972 and an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1977. Metcalf has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art, Colorado State University, Kent State University, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has been awarded two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships, three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His jewelry has been exhibited internationally, and can be seen in a number of books about contemporary art jewelry. His work is held in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

His writing on modern craft has also been published widely. He co-wrote Makers: A History of American Studio Craft with critic Janet Koplos. Metcalf also has contributed chapters to a number of craft theory anthologies, including Exploring Contemporary Craft (Coach House Books, 2002) and most recently NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts (Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 2007). Metcalf lives near Philadelphia.