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Craft Chat with Susie Ganch “Radical Jewelry Makeover” October 28, 2:00 pm

You are invited to join us for a Craft Chat with Susie Ganch–sculptor, jeweler, educator, founder & director of Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM). RJM is an international community jewelry mining and recycling project. It brings together jewelers, working together to examine mining issues while making innovative jewelry from recycled sources. RJM works are featured in the current Fuller Craft Museum exhibition Radical Jewelry Makeover–The Artists Project, on view until November 22.

More About Radical Jewelry Makeover
This multi-facetted project uses jewelry as a vehicle to explore the complex relationships we have with our jewelry and the way materials are sourced. Individuals from each host community are invited to “mine” unwanted jewelry from their collections and donate it to the project. Jewelers and students from universities and institutions in the area transform these old, broken, discarded items into new contemporary pieces while learning technical strategies for working with the material as well as about environmental and social issues of our field. An exhibition of finished jewelry takes place at a gallery in the hosting city where the public can purchase pieces and jewelry donors can cash in their donation points for a “new” piece. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Ethical Metalsmiths, which dedicates the funds to the continuation of RJM. For more information go to www.radicaljewelrymakeover.org/

Who is Susie Ganch?
Ganch is a first-generation American artist of Hungarian heritage. She is a sculptor, jeweler, and educator living in Richmond, VA where she is Associate Professor, Metal Area Head, for the Department of Craft/Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ganch received her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part of her practice is Directing Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that continues to travel across the country and abroad. Issues of waste and cultural habits of consumption are imbued through her work. Recent solo exhibitions: Have a Nice Day, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, How Soon is Now?, MS State University, TIED, an ArtForum Critics’ pick, Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA, Landand Sea, Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA. Her work has been included nationally and internationally in museum exhibitions including: Smithsonian National Museum for Women in the Arts, MFA Boston, the Design Museum, London, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan,
WI, Milwaukee Art Museum. Public/private collections include: LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, Asheville Art Museum, NC, MFA Boston, MA, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA, John Michael Kohler Art Center,Sheboygan, WI, and Kohler Company, Kohler, WI. Grants include: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, Theresa Pollack Fine Art Award, a VA Commission for the Arts Grant, and multiple VCU Faculty Research Grants. She is represented by Sienna Patti Contemporary Gallery. You can find out more: www.susieganch.com and www.radicaljewelrymakeover.org.

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