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Metalsmithing is an ancient art form that continues to embrace new techniques. Metals like gold, silver, and copper can be hammered, folded, or melted and cast to create objects as diverse as delicate earrings, household tools, and sculptures. Metal forms can be embellished with stones, enamel, laser cutting, and a variety of textures and finishes.


Emerson Family Studio Sessions

Saturday, January 12, 2019 to Sunday, March 31, 2019

Led by professional artists, families create together in each of the Craft Alliance studios in Grand Center, exploring clay, fiber, metals and graphic arts. Children must be 5 - 15 years old.

LECTURE | Donald Friedlich: Jewelry, Art and Inspiration 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Don Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982 and served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Opening Reception for Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Midwest Metalsmiths

Makers Ball 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Featuring Honorary Chair and Emcee: Karen Foss

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s annual Makers Ball celebrates the beauty of craft and the joy of making. The event includes live artist demonstrations, silent and live auctions, dinner, and music.

Opening Reception for the 2018-19 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition

Friday, May 24, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We are proud to presents the work of our 2018-9 class of Artists-In-Residence: Sajeda Issa, Abby Lowe, Malaika Tolford, Lindsay Pichaske, and Whitney White.

Opening Reception for the Biennial Faculty Exhibition

Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This biennial juried exhibition represents the quality work created by artists who have been inspired in the studios of Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design.

Opening Reception: Fidencio Martinez-Perez

Friday, August 23, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Fidencio Martinez-Perez's current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, Fidencio manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Martinez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.

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