Jamie Bennett is a Professor of Art in the Metal Program at the State University at New Paltz. Prior to that he was a faculty member of the Program in Artisanry at Boston University. He received his BBA from the University of Georgia and his MFA from SUNY at New Paltz. Professor Bennett is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and a Massachusetts Council for the Arts Fellowship. He received a Windgate Foundation Grant and Rotasa Grant in 2005 in recognition of his work. He was an Artist in Residence at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo in 2000 and at Istanbul Technical University in 2005.
Professor Bennett's work is the subject of a monograph, Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett, published by Hudson Bay Press, which accompanies a retrospective exhibition of his work traveling to six museums nationally through 2010. Professor Bennett has exhibited and lectured internationally with one person exhibitions at YO Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Gallerie Gnoss in Gothenburg, Sweden; Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA; and Tiller and Ernst Gallery in Vienna, Austria. His work is included in major jewelry exhibitions among them the Houston Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008. Bennett's work appears in numerous publications including Ornament as Art, Jewelry From the Helen Drutt Collection, Contemporary Jewelry, Mizuno Press, Dictionary of Jewelry, essay Toni Greenbaum, (Editions du Regard, Paris), Jewelry in Europe and America, Ralph Turner, (Thames & Hudson; London), The Best in Contemporary Jewelry, David Watkins (Roto Vision; London) and Jewelry of Our Time, English/Drutt (Rizzoli; New York). Jamie Bennett's work is in the permanent collection of over twenty museums around the world, among them are The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum, NY; Kunstmuseum, Oslo, Norway; Samuel Dorsky Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Western Australia; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Musee de Arts Decoratif, Paris; Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray is Professor of Metal and Chair of the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1986, and her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1984. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Individual Artist Fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts (1994), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1997, 2005). In 1998 she was awarded a Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching at the State University of New York.
Mimlitsch-Gray has lectured and exhibited her work widely in the US and abroad. Recent shows include: "Raising the Bar ", Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales; "True Grit: Frames, Fixations and Flirtations" at the McColl Art Center, Charlotte, NC; the solo exhibition, “Force Times Distance”, at the Sienna Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a featured speaker at the 2009 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in Philadelphia. Mimlitsch-Gray's work is included in the following Public Collections: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Racine Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Royal College of Art, the Renwick Gallery-National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
Kerianne Quick received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2011, andher BA from San Diego State University in 2002. She was recently the recipient of a Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship to conduct research in the Netherlands, focusing on the connection between cultural institutions and aesthetic production in art jewelry. She has worked as a research assistant for prominent Dutch designer and educator Gijs Bakker and a project facilitator for Chi ha paura...? foundation's current project Global Identity.
Kerianne has exhibited her work in the US and abroad and has written extensively on the subjects of craft, materiality and cultural economies.
Arthur Hash received his MFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design from Indiana University in 2005 and his BFA in Crafts/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. In 2007, Arthur was awarded his second Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond Virginia and named a Searchlight Artist by the American Craft Council. In May of 2006 Arthur completed his second solo exhibition entitled "Instance" at the Quirk Gallery in Richmond Virginia. Other exhibitions include: Signs of Life 08 at the Facere Gallery in Seattle, From Minimal To Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry at The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Virtual Tangible 2.0 at the Velvet DaVinci in San Francisco and NEXT ICONOCLASTS at the Oregon College for Art and Craft. Arthur's work is included in a number of private and public collections around the United States.
His work can been seen in such publications as Metalsmith magazine, American Craft Magazine, Domino Magazine and Niche Magazine. Arthur's work comes from a commitment to participate in the contemporary exploration of what jewelry is and can be, while retaining the sense of elegance and beauty found in the long tradition of body adornment. His recent work has incorporated industrial technologies such as waterjet cutting, 3D scanning, CNC routing and rapid prototyping to make one-off art jewelry pieces.