"The Second Iowa Metal Guild Exhibition: A Riveting Experience" will be at the Figge Museum of Art in Davenport, IA. The exhibition opens September 7th, 2009 with free admission. Following the opening will be a public reception September 10th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This exhibition is centered around commemorating the diverse metalwork in the Iowa arts community. Only artists currently residing, have taught, or have received their education in Iowa will be featured. Work was juried by Tom Muir, Professor at Bowling Green State University; Joe Muench, Professor at Iowa State University; and Robert Coogan, Professor and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at the Tenessee Technological University.
An estimated 44 artists with over 80 pieces of artwork will be on display. The process for entering the Iowa Metal Guild included the selected jurors analyzing images of the artwork and determining the level of creativity, aesthetics, and innovation. Two out of the three jurors had to approve the artwork before it could be entered into the exhibition.
"[The artwork to be exhibited] ranges from really fine craft jewelry artwork to objects including furniture", said Kee-Ho Yuen, acting President of the Iowa Metal Guild.
The goal of the Iowa Metal Guild is to promote relationships between artists and the public about the field of metalsmithing. Workshops, lectures, and more will be available to all who are interested. Those willing to be made a member of the Guild will also be given the opportunity to join.