Jewelry creator Brian Fleetwood will present the Doel Reed Center Smelser Vallion Visiting Artist Talk from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the OSU Museum of Art, 720 S. Husband St.
A free workshop with Fleetwood is also on tap from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Prairie Art Center, 1001 S. Duck St.
Workshop participants will receive a selection of kits from Fleetwood’s Symbiosis Project, funded through a Windgate Foundation grant through the Center for Craft. During the workshop, attendees will complete at least one of the customizable kits, creating a one-of-a-kind pin. No experience making jewelry is necessary. All materials will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring materials (paints, pigments, paper, cloth, small found objects, etc.) to customize their kits.
Fleetwood is an interdisciplinary jewelry artist based in northern New Mexico. He uses material and technical experimentation to create three-dimensional organic forms. Drawing from traditional stories that emphasize the intimate connection among all living things, past experience working in biology and a personal interest in the connection between mind and body, his work explores parallels between the way ideas and living organisms grow, spread and evolve. Fleetwood holds a master’s degree in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an assistant professor in studio art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Each year, the Doel Reed Center in Taos hosts a Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist to produce original works, lead workshops or give talks in Taos and Stillwater and collaborate with creative minds of all ages. The center exhibits OSU’s commitment to fulfilling its land-grant mission through community partnerships, developing innovative educational opportunities available to all and significantly advancing the arts and humanities.
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