The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed, Emily Sullivan Smith
- Is this a Free Event? Yes
- Venue: Artlink Gallery
- Presented by: Artlink Gallery
- Dates: May 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019
- Address: 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802
- Admission: Free
- Phone: (260) 424-7195
- Website: Visit Website
- Email: E-mail
- Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes
The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed curated by Steve Shelby
The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed will highlight the best of contemporary three-dimensional metal art from around the world. This exhibition features a diverse group of artists, ranging from emerging or self-taught to college professors and silversmithing professionals. Many of the artists teach their craft as freelancer, around the country and parts of the world, in their own facilities, or in colleges or universities. Some primarily design and make jewelry while some come from blacksmithing, welding, or auto body backgrounds. Two of the artists featured, Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid, have written the definitive book on contemporary metalsmithing, Creative Metal Forming.
This exhibition explores metalsmithing in the cold forming of metal from flat sheet (or ingot) into three dimensional form, using hammer and various other tools (not to be confused with blacksmithing, which is the hot forming of iron and steel). The functional objects that used to be handmade by metalsmiths are now mass-produced, evolving the craft over time into a vehicle for artistic expression.