Women to Watch is an exhibition program, held every two to three years, developed specifically for NMWA’s national and international outreach committees. Each of these exhibitions features emerging and underrepresented women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. In this fifth installment of the Women to Watch exhibition series, artists enthusiastically investigate the physical properties and expressive potential of metalwork, long considered to be the domain of men. Featuring hand-built sculptures, furniture, vessels, and objects for personal adornment, the exhibition comprises innovative works by emerging global artists as well as new works by renowned metal-centric sculptors and conceptual artists.
The five Georgia artists were chosen by Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, High Museum of Art. These five artists works have been submitted to the National Museum Of Women in the Arts for consideration in the Heavy Metal, Women to Watch 2018 show in Washington, DC, June 2018.
“It was an honor to select these inspiring and talented artists representing Georgia in the 2017 National Museum of Women in the Arts Women to Watch: Heavy Metal show. For centuries, metalwork largely has been considered the realm of males. It is important to illuminate not only that this is a false assumption, but that women are and have been creating metalwork of the highest quality throughout the arts field. I’m delighted to present these five artists who are diverse in background and practice and are creating pathways for future generations of female artists and designers,” states Schleuning.
The Georgia Committee of the NMWA will include these artists in an upcoming pop-up show in collaboration with MOCA GA October 5-14, as well as promote them on our website and in the media to further our mission of supporting NMWA and bringing national and international attention to Georgia Women artists. The opening reception will be October 5th at MOCA GA.
“These artists infuse metal, a medium more commonly discussed through the traditionally masculine terms of strength and resilience, with a playful fluidity that complicates our notions of the form. I’m thrilled to have these women and their works represent Georgia on the national stage,” states Georgia Committee of the NMWA Board Chair Lisa Cannon Taylor
Women to Watch
Lola Brooks is an artist, metalsmith, clotheshorse and sometimes writer who studied Fashion at Pratt Institute and received her BFA in Metals at SUNY New Paltz. Her work is influenced by the Victorian obsession with death and sentimentality, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the American Studio Jewelry movement that followed WWII, when artists resurrected an appreciation of the handmade by rejecting the principles of mass production. Lola’s work has been included in many publications and can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Originally from Changzhou, China, Chuzhan Du is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Jewelry at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating Fall 2016. Her work has an inseparable relationship with her Chinese heritage, symbolizing her own indigenous cultural identity and personal idiosyncrasies. She uses the fragments from found objects in her work to convey emotional attachment and as metaphor to interpret the perception of memory.
Didi Dunphy received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Ms. Dunphy and her Modern Convenience studio have shown at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) for three years as well at the West Coast Independent Design show, CABOOM 2005. Selected Museum exhibits include, Push Play, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Chairs Project, Emory University, and Sexual Politics, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Currently Ms. Dunphy lives with her painter husband Jim Barsness and 11 year old daughter in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Dunphy also teaches part time at the University of Georgia Art School in the Digital Media Department.
Rachel completed the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts (NC) in 2013 and has been a resident artist at Vendyssel Kunstmuseum (DK) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN). Currently living and working in Atlanta, GA, Rachel utilizes slip-cast porcelain forms to create site-specific installations.
Julia received her BFA and MFA in metalsmithing under the tutelage of Richard Mafong at Georgia State University. Following her schooling in Atlanta, Julia won a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year studying in Finland at the Lahti Polytechnic Design Institute, Upper Goldsmith School, where she became the first American to be certified a Finnish master silversmith. Julia teaches at Spruill Center for the Arts, Chastain Arts Center and specialized workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Florida Society of Goldsmiths. She has won several national awards and her work is in private collections throughout the US and in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.