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A witness from inside, I tell a lost truth. Cradling stolen moments of breath and bearing the weight of memory, A Hollow Hold refers to the center: the core, the spine, the gut, and the heart. Metal objects and necklaces point to sites on the body to interpret the impossibilities of telling. Like the armor they have become, these works serve as protection and give testimony to the privacy of night. The heartbeats of these memories are transferred into the stillness of the work, and here I learn to breathe again.

Betsy Lewis investigates acts of offering by accumulating signifiers that allude grief and hope; working together to realize a new form of telling the truth through our bodies. Making objects whose meaning is derived from the weight of memories and the methods we use to instill objects with meaning Lewis tends to use traditional silversmith techniques such as hollow forming, forging, and fabrication. Doing so establishes historical tension by asserting these methods’ value in a contemporary studio context.
Contributing actively to the field Betsy Lewis has held assistantship/teaching positions at Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn Metalworks, and SUNY New Paltz, the latter of which she received her Master in Fine Art. Lewis currently lives and works in New York City.

Education
2019 MFA - State University of New York at New Paltz
2016 BFA - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Exhibitions
2020 The Figure of the Falling - Brooklyn Metal Works, New York*
2019 Anonymous Brooklyn - Brooklyn Metal Works, New York
Marzee International Graduate Show - Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
To Ask A Question: To Carry on Without an Answer - Dorsky Gallery for Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, New York
MFA Thesis Exhibition - Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York
Now: Press Play  - Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York (Glenn Adamson)
Meta-Formation: Experiments and Rituals - Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee
2018 Denizen - Hotel Chelsea, New York, New York
Please Read Instructions Before Using - Graduate Gallery, New Paltz, New York
120 Degrees Intercollegiate Regional Exhibition - The Arts Center, Troy, New York
Raw / Refined - Society of North American Goldsmiths, Portland, Oregon
Fun House - Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
commonSENSE - Slayer Gallery, slayergallery.com
2017 Nine Points of Departure - Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz, New York
2016 80x80: Young Affiliates Art Exhibition - The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina
Texas National Competition & Exhibition - Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
BFA Thesis Exhibition: Sensorium -  Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2015 Craft Forms - Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
From Where I Stand - uBe Art Gallery, Berkeley, California
BFA Exhibition - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Form, Forge, Fabricate - University Museum, University of Southern Illinois Carbondale
Faceted: Aspects of Contemporary Jewelry - Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
The Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition - Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University
The Juried Exhibition-Art at the Center - Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Overland, Kansas
28th Annual Women’s Works Show - Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, Illinois
Starting Point - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2014 BFA Exhibition - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Geospective - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Nothing Major - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2013 Nothing Major - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Professional and Studio Experience
2019 Artist in Residence - Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, Maryland
2018 Visiting Artist - The Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, Massachusetts
Exhibiting Artist Lecture - Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
2016 Visiting Production and Fabrication Assistant - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
Gallery Assistant - Ornamentum Gallery, Hudson, New York
2015 Studio Assistant to Kyle Patnaude -  Portland, Maine
Contributing Writer - JewelryUnder30.com
Metal Studio Monitor - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2014 Work Study: Gallery Assistant to Daniel Fuller - Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine
Curator, Nothing Major - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2013 Presenter on Student Internships, Artists at Work -  Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Work Study: Studio Technician Assistant to Cat Bates - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Assistant Bench Jeweler - Janice Grzyb, New York, New York
Studio Assistant - Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York
2012 Visual Display Intern - David Yurman, New York, New York
2011 Studio Intern - Giles & Brother, New York, New York

Teaching Experience
2019 Adjunct Lecturer, Metal Forming / Processes+Experiments ll - SUNY New Paltz, New York
Silversmithing Instructor - 92Y School of the Arts, New York, New York
Guest Critic, Sophomore Metalsmithing - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Teaching Assistant - Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York
Teaching Assistant to Jamie Bennett - Penland School of Craft, North Carolina
2018 Instructor of Record, Introduction to Studio Art - SUNY New Paltz, New York
Teaching Assistant to Myra Mimlitsch Gray - SUNY New Paltz, New York
2017 Teaching Assistant, 3D: Form - SUNY New Paltz, New York
2015 Instructor, Jewelry and Metalsmithing - Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
Visiting Instructor, Adult Continuing Studies Course - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Teaching Assistant to Kyle Patnaude - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Curatorial Projects
2019 Dream Machine - Abrons Art Center, New York. New York York City Jewelry Week.
2018 To Ask A Question: To Carry on Without an Answer - Dorsky Gallery for Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, New York
Denizen - Hotel Chelsea, New York, New York. New York City Jewelry Week.
Recognition and Scholarships
2019 One for the Future - New York City Jewelry Week
2018 David ‘05 and Sara ‘10 Walton Metal Thesis Support Fund - SUNY New Paltz, New York
Graduate Student Research and Creative Project Award Grant - SUNY New Paltz, New York
BLOOOM Award Nominee - Warsteiner, Dusseldorf, Germany
Lenore Tawney Foundation Scholarship - Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
Matriculated Student Scholarship - Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
2016  Honorable Mention, The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition - Agora Gallery, New York, NY
Third Place, Texas National Competition and Exhibition - Stephan F. Austin University Galleries
2015 Windgate Fellowship Nominee
Juror’s Award, Craft Forms - Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
First Place, Form Forge Fabricate - University Museum, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Third Place, BFA Exhibition - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Matriculated College Student Scholarship - Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
Windgate Partial Scholarship - Penland School of Craft, Penland, North Carolina
Student Work Exchange Scholarship - Society of North American Goldsmiths, Boston, MA
Student Spotlight, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Department - Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2014         Matriculated College Student Scholarship - Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
                 Honorable Mention, BFA Exhibition - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2013         Matriculated College Student Scholarship - Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
2012/13 Maine College of Art Challenge Scholarship - Portland, Maine

Additional Education
2018 Copper Weathervanes, Jim Masterson - Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Layton, New Jersey
                 Casting, MJ Tyson - Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Layton, New Jersey
2016 In Depth, Masters Workshop with Helen Britton - Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York
2015 Volume and Form, Maegan Crowley - Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, New Jersey
Pewter: From Tavern Mugs to Teaspoons, Jeffrey Clancy - Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC
2014 Resin Jewellery, Daniela Boieri - Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy
Steel Wire Fabrication, Lynn Batchelder - Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
Hydraulic Press Workshop, Chris Irick - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2013 Metal Inlay, Seth Gould - Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Netsuke Carving, Sergey Jivetin - Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York
Visiting Artist Demo, Hanna Hedman - Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York
Carved Wooden Jewelry, Sarah Martin - Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey

Publications
2019 Metalsmith Magazine Vol.39 No.2
Meta-Formation: Rituals and Experiments Catalogue
2016 Maine Home + Design Magazine, Sensorium, May Issue
Professional Affiliations
Society for North American Goldsmiths

*Forthcoming

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