melanie bilenker

jewelry

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BIOGRAPHY

 

Education

1996-2000

The University of the Arts
Philadelphia College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA Crafts, concentration in Jewelry and Metalsmithing
 

Experience

2002-present

Studio Assistant for Gabriella Kiss, Bangall, NY

2012

Visiting Artist, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2011

Lecturer, The Commonwealth: Objects of Memory, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer, Artist Lecture Series, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2007

Visiting Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Juror, SIE 61, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

2006

Visiting Artist, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Artist, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Adjunct Professor, Continuing Education: Introduction to Jewelry, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005

Lecturer, Emerging Talent 2005, SOFA , Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Research Assistant, to Bruce Metcalf, Philadelphia, PA

2004

Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Jewelry, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000-2002

Metalsmithing Shop Technician, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000

Instructor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Visiting Artist, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

1999

Internship with Bruce Metcalf, Philadelphia, PA
Metalsmithing Shop Technician, Peters Valley Crafts Center, Layton, NJ
 

Solo Exhibitions

2012

In Bed
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA

2008

New Work
Het Oude Raadhuis, Hoofddorp, Netherlands

2007

WomanGirl
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA

2004

Minutes, Emerging Artist Exhibition
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
 

Group Exhibitions

2013

Wear it or Not: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2012-2013

40 under 40: Craft Futures
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

2012

Jewellery Unleashed, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands
COVET, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA

2011

Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Featured Artist: Pulse New York Contemporary Art Fair, with Sienna Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
ABUSHAN: DESIGN-DIALOGUES IN JEWELLERY, New Delhi, India

2009-2010

Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, NC
The National Ornamental Metal Museum Memphis, TN
University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX

2009

The Self & Beyond, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, NC
Collaborative piece at the request of Sophie Calle for the exhibition Calle Sophie, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, BEL
Collect: with Galerie Ra, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Next Iconoclasts, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR

2006-2009

Challenging the Chatelaine
Designmuseo, Helsinki, Finland
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
Museum Jewel Elias Lalaouni, Athens, Greece
Design Museum, Belgium, Gent
Stedelijk Museum, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

2008-2009

The Thinking Body
University of Oregon, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, CA

2008

Now & Then, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salt Mills, Saltaire, UK
Either Side of the Skin, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
Framing: the Art of Jewelry, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon

2006

Hair Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ=
Life Insight: The Human Experience, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Metalisms: Signature Works in Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO

2005-2006

100 Brooches
Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
East Carolina University School of Art and Design, Greenville, NC
Bellagio Gallery, Ashville, NC

2004-2005

200 Rings
Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Gallery M, Cleveland, OH
Sam Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME

2003

Evocative Objects
Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

2002

Loot, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Metals Invitational, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Featured Emerging Artist, Asher Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2000

Attitude and Action: North American Figurative Jewelry
The Atrium Gallery, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham, England, The Jewellery Gallery at DESIGNyard, Dublin, Ireland