By Renee Zettle-Sterling | Sue Amendolara | Adrienne Grafton

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Edinboro University in celebration of ART100

Exhibition Dates: 10/15/2021 – 12/22/2021

Location: Nicholas Gallery

This exhibition will give the viewer a look into tangible results from transformative experiences and profound explorations regarding significant loss. The work offers a wide range of materials and perspectives on the topic of mourning and is a look at how three trained metalsmiths, working in sculpture, jewelry and wearable art, have dealt with and processed grief.

Artist Bios

Reneé Zettle-Sterling

Renee Zettle-Sterling received her MFA in Sculpture and her MA in Metalsmithing from Edinboro University. Zettle-Sterling is a Professor of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University. She has exhibited and lectured on her work nationally and internationally and is featured in many publications. Zettle-Sterling also served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths from 2012-2016. She recently co-authored, with Jen Townsend, an award-winning book titled CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanities Most Transformational Process.

Sue Amendolara

Sue Amendolara was born in Youngstown, Ohio.  She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She currently teaches Jewelry/Metals at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  She served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths from 2011-2014 and the Board of Governors at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN from 2017-2020.  Her metalwork has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and is part of the permanent collections of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and the White House Collection of American Crafts, Washington D.C.

Adrienne M. Grafton

Adrienne M. Grafton is a studio artist currently working on St. John, USVI. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metal Design from East Carolina University in NC in 2005 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University of PA in 2000. Grafton has exhibited her work and taught workshops throughout the United States and has been featured in a variety of publications. Her most recent solo show, Transplant, was on view at Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media in 2019. She worked as the Metals Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts from 2005-2007, taught metals and foundations part time at Edinboro University from 2008 to 2016 and most recently taught at Youngstown State University in OH.