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EARLY CAREER PRESENTERS
Early Career Artist presentations are an opportunity for SNAG to introduce early career artists and their work to a wider audience. These fast-paced talks are 10 minutes long and presented in groups of 5.
Early Career presenters are listed in alphabetical order below.
Saturday, May 23 | 9:00 – 9:50 am | Liberty Ballrooms C&D (Ballroom Level)
Philip Ambrose’s work uses his love of fantasy and myth as a starting point to create objects that are part of greater narratives. This talk will focus on his own pursuit of these stories and how to use these building blocks for your own work.
Phil Ambrose is a native of Eastern North Carolina who, after many stops and starts, pursued his BFA in Metals from East Carolina University. His time there helped him develop a love of found object and mixed media art. His graduate studies at Edinboro University allowed for the exploration of ways to incorporate new materials into his work, as well as exploring concepts that include fantasy, personal identity, and politics. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
Some Balmy Elsewhere
Emily Culver is an object maker. Her practice employs a vast variety of materials while also implementing digital fabrication and traditional processes in a transdisciplinary manner. Existing primarily as sculpture and jewelry, Culver’s work explores notions of intimacy, (non)functionality, gender and identity through corporeal qualities.
Emily Culver (BFA Tyler School of Art ‘12, MFA Cranbrook ‘17) is an object maker originally from rural Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has been the recipient of various awards. Currently, Culver is an Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft/Material Studies Department.
Place is a presentation about who Dierra Jones is, and how her feelings and memories of childhood construct her identity. Jones utilizes the jewelry medium to analyze what place is and how place affects every individual in a different way, thus allowing her work to operate as a meditative outlet to find freedom.
Dierra Jones utilizes the jewelry medium to create delicate, small-scale, wearable objects that contain her identity. Jones holds a BFA in Ceramics from Virginia State University, as well as a MFA in Jewelry from Savannah College of Art and Design. Jones is an artist working and living in Savannah, GA.
Navarro’s work and research reflect on his upbringing as a Mexican-American. His research most recently focuses directly on undocumented immigrants and the stories of their journeys. His work has also examined other aspects of this culture including drug cartels, Mexican Catholicism, and the intersection of these ideas. He creates this work using traditional coppersmithing and silversmithing techniques, focusing primarily on creating vessels and small sculptural objects.
Guadalupe Navarro is from the Midwest and currently resides in Atlanta. He received his BFA in Drawing/Painting and Metalsmithing from Ball State University and his MFA from the University of Georgia. He has received various honors, including a Penland Windgate Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Educational Assistance Scholarship and The Next Generation of American Metal Artist 40 Under 40. Navarro’s research reflects on the social impact of Mexican-American culture. His research most recently focuses on undocumented immigrants and their journeys.
Lives and Objects
MJ Tyson’s work is rooted in an interest in people and their personal possessions. Through processes of collection and destruction she considers the way we orient ourselves in our world through the objects that surround us.
MJ Tyson is an artist based in Hoboken, NJ. Tyson’s work is centered on the relationship between people and their possessions. She holds a BFA and MFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. Tyson has been an artist in residence at the Studios at Mass MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, and The Wormfarm Institute. Recent exhibitions include Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry at MAD and 40 Under 40: The Next Generation of American Metal Artists at the Metal Museum. She has taught at Brooklyn Metal Works, Pratt, RISD, and Peters Valley School of Craft.