Student metalsmithing and jewelry work on display at the Square

Student metalsmithing and jewelry work on display at the Square

Student metalsmithing and jewelry work on display at the Square
March 20
02:04 2014

Olivia Sylvain // Staff Writer

UNT on the Square will host the Cold Connections exhibition, featuring wearable decorative jewelry by graduates and graduate students from the UNT metalsmithing and jewelry program starting this Friday at 6 p.m.

Various pieces from 11 different artists will be on display at the exhibition. The work primarily features metals but will also include materials such as pearls, leather, rawhide, precious stones and granite. Metalsmithing and jewelry master’s student Tamar Navama is one of the artists featured in the Cold Connections exhibition.

“I am fascinated with jewelry and an artist has a brilliant way of expressing ideas and thoughts using material and technique,” Navama said. “I believe that the ability to share those ideas and thoughts through wearable art is a powerful form of expression.”

The metalsmithing and jewelry program is part of the College of Visual Arts and Design. Students use metal to make art in different forms – including sculpture, jewelry and decorative pieces.

UNT on the Square is one of many opportunities for students to have their work displayed publicly. Metalsmithing and jewelry master’s student Hetty Estes said she appreciates every chance she gets to have her work shown in an exhibit.

“One of the most important things an artist can do is display their work for the public to see,” Estes said. “Feedback from others, be they artists or not, has allowed me to find my focus, and solidify my concept.”

UNT on the Square, located on North Elm Street, was established in 2009 as the home of the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. The institute functions as a way to recognize student art work and encourage education in the arts. UNT on the Square is open to the public and all exhibits are free. All forms of art are displayed and performed at the location, including acoustic performances, sculptures, paintings, photographs, film and pottery.

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“We‘re really a portal to the art on campus,” said Meredith Buie, administrative coordinator at UNT on the Square. “We’re the foundation for the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.”

Both Navama and Estes have had their work in galleries across the country. Navama’s work has been featured in galleries in Portugal, Sweden, Germany and Israel during her time at UNT. Estes is preparing to participate in the College of Visual Arts and Design masters of fine art exhibition at the Elm Fork Education Center this fall. Navama, a metalsmithing and jewelry teaching fellow, believes galleries featuring student work are essential to their growth as artists.

“Students are here with the intention to learn and develop their skills both technically and conceptually,” Navama said. “They want to be a part of an intensive academic environment that is constantly questioning the process.”

The Cold Connections exhibition will run for three weeks and will feature a pop-up jewelry sale on opening night.

Center photo: A bracelet made with silver, copper, plastic and alligator skin is created by SART Master’s Student Tamar Navama. Navama shows her way of understanding the symbiotic relationship between people and jewelry by creating various collections. Photo by Zixian Chen / Senior Staff Photographer 

Feature photo: Hetty Estes is one of eleven artists who will exhibit art pieces in the show “Cold Connections”, presented by the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and the College of Visual Arts and Design. Photo by Zixian Chen / Senior Staff Photographer 

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