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The Art and Science of Vessels and Jewelry

Nationally renowned metalsmith and jewelry maker Tom Muir will offer a free lecture on the art and science of vessels and jewelry at Buffalo State College on Friday, February 22 from 7-8PM. The lecture will take place in the Bulger Communications Building East, with a meet-and-greet to follow and is open to the public.
Muir, one of the country’s leading masters of metalsmithing and jewelry making, will discuss the ancient art and science of metal vessels, as well as the creative process for his work. He will also have several of his award-winning art pieces on hand which have been exhibited at such prominent locations as The White House Collection of American Crafts and the Smithsonian Institution.
He is well-known for his rare expertise in his work, especially with mechanisms and hinges, and is duly recognized in the art jewelry community across the country. His pieces have a unique aesthetic quality, with his images portraying a use of mirroring and interrelated forms. Muir cites technique, process and challenge as the attracting elements of jewelry making, and compares learning metalsmithing to studying a difficult musical instrument.
Muir himself comes from a lengthy line of artists, his family populated with craftsmen and metalworkers. He has led his own extensive career, participating in more than 300 exhibitions worldwide and is currently the head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at Bowling Green State University where he is Distinguished Research Professor at the university’s School of Art.
This event is part of Buffalo State College’s Arts and Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series Innovations in Creative Expression, which features acclaimed artists and experts in art conservation, music, design, theater, communications, interior design and art education.
“Buffalo State College has the most comprehensive Visual Arts curriculum in the SUNY system,” said Benjamin C. Christy, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. “Tom Muir is one of the country’s most respected metalsmiths. We want our students to learn from his art and techniques. We also want to share his expertise with artists, collectors and students outside of our campus – that sharing is part of our college mission.”
Buffalo State College
Friday, February 22
Bulger Communications Building East

Written by Carolyn Batt

Carolyn Batt

Carolyn Batt is a Buffalo marketing director by day and international traveler the rest of the time--although always returning to her home for the past 12 years in Allentown.

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