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Sharon Church
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Sharon Church
Independent Studio Artist, Philadelphia
Professor Emeritus, Crafts + Material Studies
The University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA   19102

October 15, 1948     Richland, Washington

M.F.A.        1973          School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology     Rochester, NY
B.S.            1970         Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
                   2003 -06   Prosopon School of Iconology

American Craft Council College of Fellows - Elected Member, 2012
Philadelphia Art Alliance Medal of Distinction, 2010
James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award, 2008
Richard C. von Hess Faculty Prize, 2004
Venture Fund Award, University of the Arts, 2003
Lindback Distinguished Teaching  Award, 1999
Discipline Winner (Finalist), 1996 Pew Fellowship in the Arts
Finalist, 1991-92 Pew Fellowship in the Arts
Venture Fund Award, University of the Arts, 1989
National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant, 1978  Cum Laude

"Gifts from America", The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014
“Craft Matters”, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 2014 - 2015.
"Fresh, Marinated and Seasoned", American Craft Council Offices, Minneapolis, MN 2014
SOFA Chicago, American Craft Council, 2012
"Signs of Life", Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, SW, 2012
"Without Boundaries", Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO., 2012
"Out on a Limb", Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, 2012
"Objects of Status, Power and Adornment", Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2011.
"Mercurial Objects: Luxuriant Obsession", Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2011.
"Hiding Places:  Memory in the Arts (Holding Memory)", John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, 2011
"Extreme Beauty", Glassell School of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX 2010
"Stimulus", Sienna Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts - Summer, 2009
“Wrought and Crafted: Jewelry and Metalsmithing from 1900 – Present”, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, May – September, 2009.
Philadelphia Metalsmiths, Art at the Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, April – October, 2009.

“(rEvolution):  105 Years of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at The University of the Arts”, The     Philadelphia Art Alliance, May – July, 2009.
“Challenging the Chatelaine!”, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland, Museum of Art and Design, Tallin; Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens; Design Museum, Ghent; Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch; Kunstlerhaus, Wien; the Philadelphia Art Alliance.  2006 - 09 "Transformations:  The Language of Craft", National Gallery of Australia,
Canberra, Australia, 2005 - 2006
"Field Notes:  Objects & Notations Used in Creative Practice", Fleisher Art Memorial's
Center for Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.
"Juxtapositions:  Selections from the Metals Collection", Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art,
S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, New York, 2005.
"Artist's Choice", Aaron Faber Gallery and SOFA NY, New York City, NY, 2005
"A View from America:  Contemporary Jewelry", Gold Treasury Museum, Melbourne, Australia, 2004.
"On Longing":  Jewelry by Sharon Church and Mary Preston, The John Michael Kohler Arts    
Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  2003
"Helen Drutt:  Philadelphia, A Thirty Year Retrospective", Philadelphia International
Airport, Philadelphia  PA   2003
"Inventing Contemporary Ornament:  A National Invitational Exhibition", Dorothy Uber
Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2002.
"Markers in Contemporary Metal", Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY, 2002
"Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Jewellery", CD-ROM organized by Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at the University of Central England, 2000.
“Commemorative Medals/Trophies: The Politics of History”, Helen Drutt:  Philadelphia, 2000.
S.O.F.A. New York, represented by Helen Drutt:  Philadelphia;  1999, 2000 and 2001.
“Studio Visit:  Philadelphia Artists at Work”, Art in City Hall, May 24 - September 15, 2000, and the Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA, , January - March, 2001
“Structure, Symbol and Substance:  The Power of Jewelry”, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, March, 2000
"Celebrating Twenty-five Years", Helen Drutt: Philadelphia, 1999.
"Brooching It Diplomatically:  A Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright", Helen Drutt:  Philadelphia; Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland; American Craft Museum, NYC; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; Villa Croce, Genova; Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia;1998 – 2001.
"Dress Up!  Artists Address Clothing and Self Adornment", Charles A. Wustum
Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, 1998.
"Jewelry for the Opera", Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California; 1997.
"The EnvironMental Bead", Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Connecticut; 1997.
"Three Generations:  Mentors, Teachers. Students", Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA,1997.
"Faculty Focus:  Art and Design", University of the Arts, Philadelphia; 1997.
"New Jewellery from the U.S.A.", The Edinburgh International Festival Exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; 1996; Hipotesi Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; 1997;  The Leslie Craze Gallery, London, 1997; and traveled to Belgium and The Netherlands.

"North American Metal Arts Invitational:  Heritage and Diversity", Montgomery College. Rockville, Maryland; 1996.
"Double Vision", The Charles A. Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin;  The Gallery I/O, New Orleans; The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis and The Arkansas Arts
Center, Little Rock. and The Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota; 1995 - 97.
"Triptych:  Exploration of the Brooch", Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri, 1995.
"Contemporary American Craft", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1990 - 1991.
"The Craft Enigma", University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1989.
"Skidmore College:  Five Goldsmiths", Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia; 1989.
"Ten Years After:  The Yuma Symposium; Yuma, Arizona; 1989.
"Bewitched by Craft" Annual Benefit Auction, American Craft Museum, New York; 1989.
"Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition", l988.
"Bewitched By Craft", Annual Benefit auction, American Craft Museum, New York; l988.
"The Fine Art of Jewelry", Fergus-Jean Associates, Columbus, Ohio, 1987.
"Concepts - Contemporary Jewelry", Fresno Arts Center and Museum,
California, 1986
"Twice Gifted", Workbench Gallery, New York; 1986
"Craft Today:  Poetry of the Physical", American Craft Museum and
touring, 1986 - 1988.
""Internationale Schmuckschau 1985: Form, Formel, Formalismus", Internationale
Handwerksmesse, Munich, West Germany, 1985.
"American Jewelry Now",  American Craft Museum, toured 1985 - 1987.
"Jewelry U.S.A.", American Craft Museum, NY. 1984.
"Art to Wear '83", American Craft Museum, New York; 1983.
Drawing Invitational, Emma Willard School, Troy, New York, 1983.
"Metal '81", State University of New York, Brockport, New York.
"Sharon Church, Jean Feinberg, Margo Margolis and Martha Wakeman at
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; 1980.
"American Jewelry and Enamel - A Contemporary Approach", Farmington
Valley Arts Center, Avon, Connecticut, 1980.
"Eight Contemporary Metalsmiths", Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; 1979.
"Crafts '76 - A Continuing Heritage", Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield,
Connecticut; 1976.
Twentieth Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Delaware Art Museum,
Wilmington  DE, 1976.
Exhibition of Jewelry, Enamels and Metalworking by New York State Craftsmen
at the Galeria Universitaria Aristos, Universidad National Autonoma de
Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, 1975
"40th Annual Cooperstown Art Competition", Cooperstown, New York; 1975.
"Contemporary Crafts of the Americas", Colorado State University, Fort Collins,
Colorado; 1975 - Work Selected to Tour the Americas
"Metal '74", State University of New York, Brockport, NY; 1974.
"The Art in Crafts", The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls  NY, 1973.
Schenectady Regional Craft Show, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, New
York, 1973 - Top Honors
Rochester Finger Lakes Competition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY, 1973.

"Craftsmen '73", Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia  PA, 1973.
"Profiles in Jewelry '73", Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas - Prize.  1973.
"Copper '72 Student Competition", New York  NY - Honorable Mention.

Artium, New York City, NY; Aaron Faber Gallery, New York City, NY; J.E. Caldwell Company, Philadelphia, PA; Concepts, Carmel, CA; Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Craftsman's Gallery, Scarsdale, NY; Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO; Helen Drutt:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA; The Elements, Greenwich, CT; Etienne, Camden, ME;
Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA; Fergus-Jean Associates, Columbus, OH; Gallery of Contermporary Metalsmithing, Rochester, NY; Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA; Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ; Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA; Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA; Swan Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Vitti Artisans Gallery; The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts; Racine, WI
Delaware Art  Museum; Wilmington, DE
Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Museum of Arts and Design, New York City NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:  Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Houston, TX
National Gallery of Australia; Canberra, Australia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
Yale University Art Gallery
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Boardman Family Collection
Karen Johnson Boyd
Gail Brown
Helen Williams Drutt English
Daphne Farago
Caroline and Roger Ford
Marion Fulk
Jane Korman
Jack Lenor Larsen
Kathryn Padulo
Rotasa Foundation
Jane Sullivan

American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD
American Craft Museum, New York City  NY
Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Symposium, Corcoran Museum of
Art, Washington, D.C.
Boston Museum School, Boston  MA
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield  CT
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohi0
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills  MI
Kent State University
Millersville State University, Millersville  PA
New York Silver Society, Philadelphia, PA
Northwest Metals Symposium, Seattle WA
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater  OK
Peters Valley, Layton  NJ
The Philadelphia Craft Show
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Art Alliance
Program in Artisanry, Boston University, Boston  MA
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
San Diego State University, San Diego  CA
Seventh Annual Yuma Symposium, Yuma  AZ
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, Chicago IL
S.O.F.A. New York  Lecture Series, New York City, N.Y.
State University of New York at New Paltz
Summervail, Vail  CO
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth:  Program in Artisanry
University of Pennsylvania
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Yale University

Service to the Field:
Chairperson, Editorial Advisory Committee, Metalsmith Magazine, 2008 - 2010
Member, Editorial Advisory Committee to Metalsmith Magazine, 2007
Honorary Membership Committee, Society of North American Goldsmiths, 1998 - 2001.
Board of Directors, Society of North American Goldsmiths, l983-87.
Board Liason for the Audio Visual Program, 1983 - 84.
Chairperson, Editorial Advisory Committee, Metalsmith Magazine, 1984.
Production Coordinator for Metalsmith Magazine, 1986-87.

Professional Activites, (cont’d.)
Panels and Symposia:
A panel presentation on Love, Loss and Remembrance at the Orr Jewelry Symposium:  The Art of Adornment: The American Jewelry Tradition from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, Yale University, 2009.
“Teaching Studio Jewelry:  Generating Generations” The 32nd Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium, On Contemporary Jewelry, at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2007
Co-Chair (with Susie Brandt)  "The Crafts Ideal", College Art Association Panel,
Philadelphia  PA, 2002
Coordinator, Educators' Dialogue, Society of North American Goldsmiths, 2000 - 2001
Coordinator, "Primary Visions", a regional conference of metalsmiths and
students of metalsmithing held at The University of the Arts, 1991.   Installation of
accompanying exhibition, curated by Helen Drutt, 1991.

Smithsonian Archives of American Art:  Conducted an Oral History Interview of Arline
Fisch for the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Crafts in America, 2001 - 2002.
SNAG Educators' Dialogue Interim Report, 2002.  As Coordinator of the Educators'
Dialogue, I  prepared this document  for the Society of North American Goldsmiths
describing the current state of Jewelry/Metals Programs in educational programs
across the continent

Jury and Selection Committees:
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2005
Metalsmith Exhibition in Print, Society of North American Goldsmiths, 2004
1999 - 2000 Challenge Jury, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia  PA, 1999.
"Craft Forms '98", Wayne Art Center, Wayne  PA, 1998.
The Travel Award, The Philadelphia Furniture Show, Philadelphia Convention Center, 1996.
Earl Pardon Memorial Exhibition, The Aaron Faber Gallery, New York City, 1996 and 1994.
"Craft Forms '96", Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, 1996.
Germantown Friends School Craft Show, 1994, 1995 and 2006
Selection Committee, Society of North American Goldsmiths' Educational Endowment, 1994 and 1995.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 1990.
Washington Craft Show, 1990.
Massachusetts State Council on the Arts Individual Craftsmen's Grants, l988.
Washington Guild of Goldsmiths Fourth Juried Exhibition, l987.
The Platinum Competition, 1985.
Jewelry U.S.A., American Craft Museum, NYC, 1984.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 1984.
Ninth Annual Regional Craft Show, Designer Crafts Council,
Schenectady, New York, 1984.

Jury and Selection Committees
Multiplicity in Clay, Fiber and Metal", Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, New York; 1984.
Northeast Craft Fair, Rhinebeck NY  1979.

(rEvolution):  105 Years of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2009.
Invited Curator, "Gothic Affinities", Bucks County Community College, l992,
and accompanying gallery talk.
Tim McCreight, Practical Jewelry Rendering, Brynmorgen Press, 1993.
The Philadelphia Senior Center, for their proposed development of a Craft
Center on The Avenue of the Arts, 1995-6.
Professional Development:
Studied Icon Writing under the auspices of The Prosopon School of Iconology with
Vladislav Andreyev,  Dmitri Adreyev and Susan von Medicus
Invited Participant:  Precious Metal Clay Workshop at Haystack, sponsored by
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation; May, 1995.
Studied Rendering and Jewelry Design with Sandra Boucher at The Fashion
Institute of Technology, 1984.
Participation in "Conversations",  An ongoing  dialogue of critical issues in the field held  at
The State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY.
Free Lance Employment:
Designer on Special Assignment to Rosenthal, Inc., a Division of Artcarved,
New York, 1979.

Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI; 2008 – “Carving Jewelry Forms”
92nd Street Y, New York City, NY; 2005 - "Carving Jewelry Forms"
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine; 2001 - "Carving Jewelry Forms"
Penland School, Penland, North Carolina; 2000 - "Speculation and Formation"
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine; 1995 - Introduction to Jewelry
Penland School, Penland, North Carolina; 1991 - Introduction to Jewelry
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN; 1990 - Jewelry Rendering
SNAG Conference Workshop at Skidmore College; 1988 - Jewelry Rendering
SIX:  Summer Art Program, Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs  NY, 1973-82.
Art Department, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, l973-74  and l975-76.
Advisor, University Without Walls, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New
York; 1975 - 79.

"Masters: 2012 American Craft Council Award Winners", Sharon Church, pp. 60 - 61, American CRAFT, The Mastery Issue, vol 72, No.5, American Craft Council, publisher.
"Signs of Life",  A Literary Journal,  Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA 2012.
"On Longing:  The Jewelry of Sharon Church and Mary Preston", by Frank C. Lewis,
Metalsmith, vol. 24, No. 2, Spring, 2004, p. 50, Society of North American
Goldsmiths, publishers.
"Sharon Church/Mary Preston", John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI, June 22 -
October 5, 2003, by Jody Clowes, American Craft, vol. 64, No. 2, April/May 2004,
American Craft Council, publishers, pp. 70 and 71.
"Inventing Contemporary Ornament", Kathleen Browne, Metalsmith, vol. 23, No. 3, Summer 2003, p. 51, Society of North American Goldsmiths, publishers.
"Embodied Sympathy", by Bruce Metcalf, pp. 34 - 39, Metalsmith Magazine, vol. 19, No. 3, Suzanne Ramljak, ed., Society of North American Goldsmiths
“The Hand at the Heart of Craft”, by Bruce Metcalf, American Craft, vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 54, 55 and 56, 61 and p. 66;  Aug. - Sept., ‘00 , American Craft Council, publishers.
Philadelphia City Paper, August 24 - 31, 2000, “Private Arts”, by Susan Hagan.
Philadelphia Inquirer “Weekend”, July 28, 2000.  “’Medals’ a Dazzling Display of Invention”, by Edward Sozanski, p. W38.
American Craft, vol. 59, No. 1, February/March, 1999, "A Tribute to Madeleine K.
Albright: Brooching It Diplomatically", pp. 76 - 79, Lois Moran, ed.
Metalsmith Magazine, vol. 19, No. 1, Winter 1999, “The Articulation of Desire:  The Jewelry of Sharon Church”, by Marjorie Simon, pp. 14 - 25, Frank C. Lewis, ed.. Society of
North American Goldsmiths, Publishers. 
Metalsmith, vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 1996, "Triptych:  Explorations of the Brooch",
by Noel Leight; Frank C. Lewis, ed., Society of North American
Goldsmiths, Publishers.
American Craft, vol. 55, No. 4, August/September, 1995, "Double Vision", by Deb
Stoner; Lois Moran, Editor, American Craft Council, Publishers.
European Jeweler, "Internationale Schmuckschau 1985:  Form,
Formel, Formalismus", June, 1985.
Metalsmith, vol. 3, No. 2, Spring, 1983, "Sharon Church", Aleris
Zeitler; Mark Baldridge and Sarah Bodine, editors.
American Craft, vol. 42, No. 4, August/September, 1982, p. 39,
"Sharon Church, Portfolio", Lois Moran, editor, American
Craft Council, Publishers.
Jewelers' Circular Keystone, Sept. 1979, p. 166, "Rhinebeck Marriage
of Metals:  On Her Own", Ettagale Laure, associate editor,  Chilton Publications.
Goldsmith's Journal, vol. V, No. 3, Review of Sharon Church at The
Elements, Mark Baldridge, editor, Society of North American Goldsmiths,
Goldsmith's Journal, vol. I, No. 4, August 1978, p. 7, "Patterns in Gold
and Silver", Pahaka, Mark Baldridge, editor, Society of North American Goldsmiths,

Jewelers' Circular Keystone, Sept. 1977, pp. 54 - 56, "Rhinebeck Fair
Sparkles with Fresh Ideas', Ettagale Laure, Chilton
Publications, Mitchell Gilbert, editor.

Hiding Places: Memory In The Arts, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, 2011 (frontispiece)
Markers:  A History of American Studio Craft, Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf, The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewelry 2008, Andy Lim, ed., Darling Publications, 2009.
Jewelry of Our Time: Art, Ornament and Obsession, Helen W. Drutt English and
Peter Dormer; Rizzoli, 1995.
American Jewelry Design, Ettagale Blauer; Van Nostrand Reinhold, l991.
Jewelry Contemporary Design and Technique, Chuck Evans, Davis Publications, Worcester  MA 1983.
Metal Techniques for Craftsmen, Oppi Untracht, Doubleday and Company, Inc., Garden City, NY 1982.
Contemporary Crafts of the Americas, Nilda Fernandez Getty, Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, l975.

"Talking Art and Artistry", Skidmore Scope, Summer, 2003, p. 12
"The Art of Arline Fisch", tangTALKS:  Interviews with artists, curators, staff, friends, etc.,
Summer, 2003:  Excerpts from the Arline Fisch Interview by Sharon Church for The
Smithsonian Archives of American Art, part of the Nanette L. Laitman
Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in American. (2001)
"The Journey Inward", article written for St. Martin's CLOAK, volume XXX, Number 2,
Spring, 2004.
Metalsmith, vol. 19, No. 2, Spring 1999, "Richard H. Reinhardt, Obituary", p,8,
Frank  C. Lewis, ed.
Richard H. Reinhardt:  Full Circle, A Legacy of Metalwork; The University of
the Arts, 1998.
"Color, Construction and Change:  The Inventive Jewelry of Earl
Pardon", Metalsmith Magazine, Winter 1990, vol. 10, No. l,
pp. 18 - 24, Sarah Bodine, ed.
"Review of Exhibitions:  Arline Fisch", Metalsmith Magazine, Sarah
Bodine, ed.    
"Amy Davison and Gary Griffin:  Recent Work", Karl Bungerz and
Sharon Church, writers, Ornament Magazine, vol. 5, No. 2,
Summer, 1981, Robert K. Liu, editor.
"Review of Exhibitions:  Richard Reinhardt", Metalsmith Magazine,
vol. 3, No. 4, Fall, l983, Mark Baldridge and Sarah Bodine, editors.


The Mace Project:  Craft Practice for the 21st Century; The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2008.
"Jewelry Rendering:  A Step by Step Introduction", slide set and instruction manual available through the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

American Crafts Council
Society of North American Goldsmiths