What came to be called the Polymer Collection Project began with Elise Winters’ desire to gather together a body of polymer art representing both historical progression and fine artistry. Her larger intention was to interest museums in the acquisition of polymer art for their permanent collections. By the end of this intensive process, which involved over 2000 pieces, six American museums had added polymer art to their holdings. The largest body of work went to the Racine Art Museum, which subsequently presented a major exhibition devoted to polymer art. The original goals of the polymer collection project have been met, …
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It has been a while, so here are some current “happenings” related to polymer art. Read a synopsis of “The Broken Telephone Project” conceived and orchestrated by Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes in the upcoming issue of Ornament magazine (vol. 36. no.4). Cormier first presented this take on a well know communications game at the IPCG’s Synergy 3 conference in Atlanta, GA in March, 2013. The article written by Cormier leads the reader through from conception to realization. Eight artists participated: Cormier, Cynthia Toops, Meredith Dittmar, Kathleen Dustin, Sarah Shriver, David Forlano, Celie Fago and Maggie Maggio.
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Ford/Forlano’s Full Pillow Necklace # 11 (2009) has been in big demand. After being on loan to the Racine Art Museum for the Terra Nova exhibition, it just landed a permanent home at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey. Last October, Newark Museum curator Ulysses Dietz met Steven Ford and David Forlano in Racine, Wisconsin at the Terra Nova opening and symposium.
There are few better ways to frame a face than with a distinctive necklace. Beyond being decorative, the necklace itself often provides clues about power, status, or some symbolic meaning relevant to the wearer. The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in NYC recently opened an exhibition of necklaces from their permanent collection entitled, “Hanging Around: Necklaces from the MAD Collection”. The necklaces on display present a range of interpretations on the concept of a necklace and the use of materials. Artists include well known names in art jewelry such as Robert Ebendorf, Arlene Fisch, Marjorie Schick and Kiff Siemmons …
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