Resumé

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EDUCATION

2002

MFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

1999

BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Minor in Italian

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Syracuse University, International Program, Syracuse, NY Academic year 1996-1997 Spent in Florence, Italy

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2002 -Present

Owner, The Jen Townsend Art Studio

2015

Paducah School of Art and Design

Teaching "Master Workshop" Casting Without Equipment

University of North Texas

Visiting Artist, Slide lecture, Taught “Casting Without Equipment” workshop

2014

Penland School of Crafts

Penland, NC

Co-taught “Two Ring Circus ” workshop with Tim Lazure

2013

Board of Directors, SNAG

The Society of North American Goldsmiths

Two year appointed board position

Now Roots

Ravenstein, The Netherlands

Participated as a student in Ruudt Peters' workshop

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Millersville, PA

Teaching “Casting Without Equipment ” workshop

2012

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

Visiting Artist, Slide lecture, Taught “Casting Without Equipment” workshop

2011

University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro

Edinboro, PA

Visiting Artist, Slide lecture, Taught “Casting Without Equipment” workshop

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Millersville, PA

Taught “Casting Without Equipment ” workshop

2010

Penland School of Crafts

Penland, NC

Taught “Flora and Fauna” Spring Concentration (8 week workshop)

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg, TN

Taught “Fabricating Natural Forms” workshop

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen 

Millersville, PA Taught “The Pendant ” workshop

2009

Millersville University

Millersville, PA

Visiting Faculty Spring 2009 Taught “Fine Art Metals 1”

Eastern Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Taught “Casting Without Equipment ” workshop

Pullen Art Center

Raleigh, NC

Taught “Casting Without Equipment ” workshop

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Millersville, PA

Taught “Casting Without Equipment ” workshop

2008

RIT/School for American Crafts

Rochester, NY

Visiting Faculty Fall 2008 Taught all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses

Appalachian Center for Crafts/Tennessee Technological Institute

Smithville, TN

Taught “Fabricating Natural Forms” workshop

2007

Eastern Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Visiting Artist, Slide Lecture Taught “Stone Setting” workshop

Millersville University

Millersville, PA

Visiting Artist, Slide Lecture Taught “Stone Setting” workshop

2006

University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro

Edinboro, PA

Visiting Artist, Slide lecture Taught “Wax Working Tips for Jewelers” workshop

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Visiting Artist, Slide lecture Taught “Wax Working Tips for Jewelers” workshop

Mendocino Art Center

Mendocino, CA

Taught “Casting Without Equipment” workshop

2005

Appalachian Center for Crafts/Tennessee Technological Institute

Smithville, TN

Taught “Lost Wax Casting” workshop

2004

RIT/School for American Crafts

Rochester, NY

Visiting Artist Slide Lecture

2002

Appalachian Center for Crafts/Tennessee Technological Institute

Smithville, TN

Taught “Lost Wax Casting” workshop

1997-1999

Mann's Jewelers Rochester, NY

Goldsmith/Designer - Repair, Custom Work

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PUBLICATIONS

2016

CAST

Co-authoring book with Reneé Zettle-Sterling

Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA

2014

Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print: Animal Instincts

2013

Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Chunghi Choo

Lark Books, NY, NY

Art Jewelry Magazine, Gallery

August 2014

2012

Unique pieces of jewelry create their own mood in Florida Craftsmen Gallery exhibition

Bennet, Lennie, The Tampa Times February 16, 2012

2010

500 Gemstone Jewels, Marthe LeVan

Lark Books, NY, NY

American Art Collector, Palmer, Tom

Alcove Books, Berkeley, California

2008

Art Jewelry Today 2, Snyder, Jeffrey

Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA

American Art Collector, Palmer, Tom

Alcove Books, Berkeley, California

2007

Best of Jewelry Artists and Artisans,Kennedy, Alan P. andRenee

Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, VA

2006

“In the Spotlight”

Schwartz, Michael, The Sunday News, November 12, 2006

“A Brave Idea that Works Well”

Gee, Clare, Orkney Today, October 26, 2006

“Unique Collaboration Between Artists”

The Orcadian, October 12, 2006

“Finding an Exquisite Corpse Within the Orkney Museum”

Orkney Today, October 5, 2006

 “Visiting Artist Teaches Jewelry Making”

Hill, Matt The Dartmouth, April 26, 2006

 2005

“Emerging Asian and American Goldsmiths”

Cool, Lynne Metalsmith, Spring 2005

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014

Shanghai International Metalsmithing and Jewelry Art Exhibition

October 9 - 12, 2014 Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

2012

Hot Under the Collar

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ Juried show in conjunction with the SNAG conference 2012 Jurors: Bob Ebendorf and Amy Tavern

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St Peterburg, FL Invitational Show, Curator: Tim Keough

Charmed

Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA Invitational Show, Curator: Sharon Massey

Damn Fine Valentine

Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC Invitational show, Curator: David Trophia

2010

Significant Gift Exhibition

Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC Invitational show, Curator: Deb Karash

RIT Alumni Exhibition

The Bevier Gallery, RIT, Rochester, NY Invitational show Curators: Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez and Leonard Urso

Artful Dining

Lancaster, PA Two-Person Fundraiser for The Lancaster Museum of Art

Charmed

Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA Invitational Show, Curator: Sharon Massey

Spring Faculty Exhibition

Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC

Instructor Exhibition

Arrowmont School of Crafts Gatlinburg, TN

2009

Women’s Expressions

Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA Invitational Show

Raw to Refined

Reading Museum of Art, Reading, PA Juried Show

2008

Artful Dining

Lancaster, PA Two-Person Fundraiser for The Lancaster Museum of Art

Art of the Martini

Zaruba Zaruba, Frederick, MD Invitational show

RIT Faculty Exhibition

Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY

Indulge

Zaruba Zaruba, Frederick, MD Trunk Show

45th Annual Open Art Award

The Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Summer Faculty Exhibition

Gallery 2, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN Invitational Show for summer workshop faculty

2007

Anti-War Medals: Artists Respond to War

Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA Curator: Thomas Mann

Art of the Martini

Zaruba Zaruba, Frederick, MD Invitational show

Women’s Expressions

Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA Invitational Show

2006

The Exquisite Corpse

The Orkney Museum, Kirkwall, Scotland Two-Person show featuring works by Jen Townsend and Sheena Graham-George

PA Craft

The State Museum, Harrisburg, PA Juried by Sylvia Lehman and Robert Pfannebecker

Martini Squared

Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA Invitational show Curator: Thomas Mann

44th Annual Open Art Award

The Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Five Nations

Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, Korea Invitational show sponsored by the Japanese Crafts Council Curator: Tomoyo Naimo, president of the Japanese Crafts Council

2005

Emerging Artists: So Won Joo and Jen Townsend

Bausch and Lomb World Headquarters, Rochester, NY Two-person show

Made in America

The Bevier Gallery, RIT, Rochester, NY Invitational show Curators: Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez and Leonard Urso

Working Drawings

Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama Curator: Eric Cuper

Summer Faculty Exhibition

Gallery 2, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN Invitational Exhibition

Behind the Mask: Art, Culture and History

University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL Invitational Exhibition

2004

Open Secret

The Imperial War Museum, London, England Selected works from the permanent collection

Konkuk Unviersity/RIT Exchange Exhibition

Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea

A Survey of Contemporary Jewelry

Mindscape Gallery, Evanston, IL Juried Show Sponsored by the Chicago Metal Arts Guild

Emerging Asian and American Goldsmiths

Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO Invitational Exhibition Curator: Leonard Urso

2003- 2005

Anti-War Medals: Artists Respond to War

Velvet DaVinci, San Francisco, CA

Electrum, London, England Festspillene Inord-Norge, Harstad, Norway Nordnorsk Kunstnersentrum, Svolvaer, Norway The Tromso Kunstforening, Tromso, Norway Alea Gallery, Barcelona, Spain The Barents Spectacle, Kirkenes, Norway Curators: Elizabeth Shyppert and Mike Holmes

2002

Jen Townsend, Recent Works - MFA Thesis Show

The Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL

Metalwork from Around the Midwest

Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL

Working Drawings

University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL Curator: Eric Cuper

2001

Odyssey

James Renwick Alliance 2001 Student Competition Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC

1999

Bodies and Boundaries

The Lionel Rohrbach Gallery, Tucson, AZ Curator: Franz Weldgen

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AWARDS

2002 The Brent Kington Scholarship

(Given at SIU)

1998 The Arthur King Goldsmith Award Honorable Mention

(Given at RIT)

1995 The Arthur King Goldsmith Award - First Place

(Given at RIT)

1994 The Arthur King Goldsmith Award - Second Place

(Given at RIT)

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2013 - Board of Directors SNAG (The Society of North American Goldsmiths)

2008-Present The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen - Juried member

2007-2010 The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

1994-Present SNAG (The Society of North American Goldsmiths)

1999-2002 SIMS (The Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society)