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May 14, 2009 to July 26, 2009

rEvolution: 105 Years of Teaching Jewelry and Metalsmithing at The University of the Arts

“rEvolution” showcased works by artists who have taught jewelry and metalwork at The University of the Arts and its predecessor institutions, The Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts and The Philadelphia College of Art. The exhibition was curated by Sharon Church and Rod McCormick, co-chairs of the Metalsmith Department at The University of the Arts. This exhibit is part of “The College @ 50 Celebration at The University of the Arts.”

The Jewelry/Metals Program at what is now The University of the Arts began in 1904 under Karl Nacke’s instruction and continues to this day under the aegis of Professors Sharon Church and Rod McCormick. During the past 105 years of continuous instruction in the field, many distinguished artists have come to live and work in Philadelphia and many have, at the same time, given their time and expertise to this venerable institution. The show provided a glimpse of the numerous influences that have caused their program to evolve over time while reflecting upon its significance today.

Artists included: Karl G. Nacke; Samuel Yellin; Parke Emerson Edwards; Douglass Gilchrist; Virginia Wireman; Cute Curtin; Richard Reinhardt; Olaf Skoogfors; Leon Lugassy; Toni Goessler-Snyder; Robin Quigley; Sharon Church; Rod McCormick; Robert Oppecker; Myra Mimlitsch-Gray; Todd Noe; Ronna Silver; Jan Yager; Barbara Mail; Bruce Metcalf; Jeanne Jaffe; Maegan Crowley; Felicia Szorad; John Rais; Rebecca Strzelec; Lola Brooks; Melanie Bilenker; Veleta Vancza; Brian Weissman; Erin Daily; Erin Williams; Allison Hunt; Frederic Crist; Kai Wolter; Hratch Babikian; John Rodgers; John Matthews; Ron Cohen; Helen Drutt

Tags: jewelry, metals