"Three Plus One" exhibit to showcase work of internationally known metalsmiths

Topic: College of Fine Arts

October 7, 2013

Works created by Marilyn da Silva will be among those displayed for the Three Plus One exhibit
Works created by Marilyn da Silva will be among those displayed for the Three Plus One exhibit

A collection of richly detailed jewelry, vessels and sculptures will be on display through Oct. 25 in Ball State University’s Atrium Gallery as part of a new exhibition “Three Plus One: Four Contemporary American Women Metalsmiths.”

The 90 works of art on display are the creations of four internationally known metalsmiths, including Ball State’s Patricia Nelson, professor of art. The other artists include Mary Lee Hu, currently working out of her Seattle-based studio; Marilyn da Silva, professor and chair of the jewelry/metals arts program at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and Lynda Watson, whose jewelry can be found in the permanent collections of New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Riesing, director of the School of Art said the exhibition is an excellent opportunity to bring the work of accomplished artists to the Ball State community and to honor Nelson, who has taught at the university since 1983.

Riesing said he is also eager for visitors to experience “Three Plus One,” along with future exhibitions, in the recently renovated Atrium Gallery. With its freshly painted white walls and new flooring, the improved space offers an enhanced setting for student and professional artists to better showcase their work.

The gallery improvements are part of the school’s strategic efforts to expand its programs and reputation both regionally and nationally.

“We want to use this gallery to attract accomplished international artists as a way to bring the world to Muncie,” Riesing said, “and expand the scope of what we offer students outside the classroom.”

The artists will be special guests at an Oct. 18 reception at 4 p.m. in the gallery at which President Jo Ann M. Gora will speak. The event is free and open to the public.

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