Manfred Bischoff (1947-2015) was one of the great goldsmiths of Europe. Born in Germany, Bischoff lived and worked in Munich and Berlin before relocating to Italy. Bischoff had a fascination with language, a sardonic wit, and an unerring eye for simple beauty. Bischoff’s themes are universal: fear, love, mortality, and sexuality. His exquisite objects in gold, silver, coral, and occasionally jade and diamonds are encased in sense of isolation and psychological uncertainty. Though small, they are charged with intellectual complexity, and indeed with monumentality. His work can be found in collections including the Danner-Stiftung Collection, Munich, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Power House Museum, Sydney, NSW.
source: Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum
Daniel Frye, a metal artisan and widely respected teacher who was an art professor at California State University, Sacramento, died in July 2014.
Frye was an accomplished artist in metals before joining the CSUS faculty in 2000. He received awards in national and regional juried competitions, including a 1999 general excellence award at the Newburyport Art Association Craft Exhibition. He exhibited his works in galleries at CSUS and in the community, and he served as a juror for the California State Fair art show. Frye was a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
In addition to teaching art education courses, he reinvigorated the metals and jewelry program at CSUS and nurtured connections between the university and the community. He mentored students in the studio and arranged in 2013 to introduce their works to a wider audience with a showing off campus, at The Temp Gallery on Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento.
Popular among students for his talent as an artist and his warm, outgoing personality, he received the 2010-11 Outstanding Teacher Award for the CSUS College of Arts and Letters.
As chairman from 2007 to 2013, Dr. Frye kept the art department’s studio programs functioning despite spending cuts. He generated support among regional galleries and donors to enable art students to complete their studies and serve the region as art educators in local school districts and community college.
Frye was born in 1955 in Pennsylvania. In a 2011 story in Sacramento magazine, he said his father wanted him to study physics in college, but he preferred the arts – so he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He earned a doctorate in teaching and curriculum in 1991 from Syracuse University. He began teaching at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
His popular artworks included “Spirit Jars,” a collection of metal containers representing human attributes. He received a jurors award in the 1995 Texas “Hard and Soft” exhibition and a merit award in sculpture at Hoyt National Art Show in 1997.
An exhibition of works by Dr. Frye and his students is being planned this fall at the Robert Else Gallery at CSUS.
article source: The Sacramento Bee, Robert Davila
Renowned Blacksmith Ivan Bailey, a Georgia artist and teacher widely considered one of America’s greatest artistic blacksmiths, passed away at his farm in Monticello on September 9, 2013. Born in Oregon, Bailey entered a Christian Brothers’ monastery in Napa, California but left the novitiate to obtain a B.A. in art at Portland State University. He then studied at Penland School, North Carolina and received his MFA in 1971. A forge workshop with Alex W. Bealer, author of the seminal The Art of Blacksmithing and Bailey’s future father-in-law, altered the course of Bailey’s career forever. In 1972 he won a Fulbright fellowship but accepted a larger German cultural exchange grant to study for a year under Professor Fritz Ulrich at the Craft School of Aachen, Germany.
Bailey’s original commissioned work is represented in hundreds of private and public installations and collections, including Savannah’s Olympic Torch monument. His many honors include the Governor’s Award of the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects Award for Craftsmanship. He was a founding member of the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America. Bailey retired to Monticello, GA seven years ago. Bailey led an exemplary life, as an artist, a father, and a grandfather.
Longtime goldsmith Phil London passed away late last month. Phil was not only the founder and longtime president of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, he founded the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, as well as founded the non-profit, Disability Alternatives, which taught jewelry arts to those with physical limitations. Phil London was the second person to be awarded The National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame award which honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of artists, educators and patrons that support the metal arts as well as receiving the PMC Fusion award for his work with Disability Alternatives. Phil is survived by his wife Vickie London.
Jeweler, sculptor, and teacher, Florence Resnikoff, passed away in early April. Born in 1920, Resnikoff began exploring jewelry and enameling through adult education courses while working as a registered medical technician in Chicago in the 1940s. After moving to Palo Alto in the early ‘50s, her work grew in leaps and bounds. Resnikoff met Margaret de Patta through the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, who became a significant influence in her work. She returned to school, receiving her BFA in Sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA in Art from San Jose State University. She also furthered her studies at the Royal College of Art, and with Stanley Lechtzin at Tyler School of Art.
Resnikoff returned to CCAC in 1973 as a teacher and eventually served as Head of the Metal Arts Program there, retiring in 1989. She was designated a Professor Emerita in 1990, and the Florence Resnikoff Emerita Scholarship Fund was created there at that time.
Resnikoff’s work combined complex electrical-based processes with ancient techniques to create vibrantly colored jewelry and metalwork. Her involvement with the Metal Arts Guild helped her build her repertoire of techniques and materials in which she accented her gold and silver jewelry with colorful jewels and enamels. Her later work included both jewelry and liturgical commissions.
Among her many honors and numerous exhibitions, Resnikoff was named a California Living Treasure in 1985. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the City and County of San Francisco, The California Art Collection of the Oakland Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY.