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I want my work to transport the viewer to a contemplative state derived from its materiality and psychology. This is a poetic way of saying that I want my work to be enjoyed physically as well as emotionally -- to “feel good” to the touch and to the mind.

The physical and material characteristics that define a work -- its form in space, weight and balance, the tactile nature of the surface and the perceived (or real) sensuousness of the materials, are all very important to me.

Evocative imagery and nostalgic art historical references are meant to elicit unique perceptions of time, memory and place, beyond but not divorced from the symbolic associations and experiences of the viewer.

No less important, I want my work to be beautiful and precious -- not for the sum of its parts, but for its aesthetic, its underlying ideas and the intimate experience it provokes. I want my work to be bold, sometimes provocative; I want it to be classic yet representative of its time. And I want it to exist as evidence of my hand, to be desired as much for its imperfections as it is for its perfections.

Diane Falkenhagen has been a studio jeweler for over 35 years. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston. She is a native of Texas but has also lived in Brazil, Alaska and England. Diane maintains a private studio on west Galveston Island in Texas, where she shares a home with her husband, Peter, and an Airedale terrier named Olive Oyl.

Academic Background:

M.F.A. - University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1981

B.F.A. - University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1977


Selected Publications:

2018:     American Craft magazine, Vol. 78, No. 3, June/July, p. 60; Prime Time; illustrated selection of 19 art jewelers by the editors with commentary by Brigitte Martin, editor at large

2017:     Metalsmith magazine, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp.39, 40; Reinventing Memory-Contemporary Cameos; feature article by Marjorie Simon

2015:     Metalsmith magazine, Vol. 35, No. 5, p. 61; work mentioned (no image), “Mapped: A Survey of Contemporary Jewelry and Metalwork” by Kathryn Hall 

2014:     Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography; by Ursula Ilse-Neuman; pp.180, 246; catalog for exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY

Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches and Pin Stems; by Lorena Angulo; Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA

2012:     Metalsmith magazine, Exhibition in Print: Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures curated by Valerie Steele; Vol 32, No. 4; pp. 16, 17; Essay: Valerie Steele

Metalsmith magazine, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 34, 37, 38, 39; “Narrative Illusion: Jewelry from    Painting,” by Lena Vigna

Showcase: 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry; Marthe Le Van and Bruce Metcalf; Lark Crafts; Asheville, NC; 2012

2011:     Masters: Polymer Clay, Major Works by Leading Artists; pp. 72–79; Rachel Carren; Lark Crafts/Sterling Publishing, 2010, NC

21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series; pg 264; Marthe Le Van; Lark Crafts/Sterling Publishing Co.; 2011, NY

Metal Artist’s Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler’s Saw; p.71; Thomas Mann, North Light Books/F+W Media; 2011; Cincinnati, OH

Ornament magazine, Vol. 34, No. 4; “Polymer Clay, A Modern Medium Comes of Age;” Jill DeDominicis (work represented in history timeline)

2009:     Metalsmith magazine, Exhibition in Print, Saturated: Metal and Color; Vol. 29, No. 4; Front Cover and p. 43

Signs of Life 2009, an art and literary journal published by Facèré Gallery, Seattle, WA; p 3

500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of a Modern Material; p. 232; M. Le Van; Intro: S.Sloan; Lark Books, 2009, NC

2008:     Ornament, spring issue, Vol. 31, No. 3, p. 66; review for Framing: The Art of Jewelry, by Alice Scherer

Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry; Mary Hettmansperger; Lark Books, 2008, Asheville, NC

2007:    Metalsmith magazine; Curated Exhibition in Print: “Framing - The Art of Jewelry;” Curator: Ellen Lupton; Vol. 27, No. 4, pp.32, 33, 41

2006:     500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form; p.84; Marthe LeVan, Intro: Marjorie Schick; Lark Bks, 2006, Asheville, NC

2005:     500 Brooches: Inspiring Adornments for the Body; p.60; Marthe Le Vanr; Intro by Marjorie Simon; Lark Books, 2005, Asheville, NC

2002:     Exhibition in Print; Special Edition of Metalsmith magazine; Vol. 22, No. 4, p. 20

2001:     Metalsmith; Vol. 21, No. 5, p.46; Review of solo exhibition at Sybaris Gallery, by Susan Holt

Color on Metal, pp 96 – 97; Tim McCreight, Hand Books Press, Madison, WI

2000:     Ornament, autumn issue, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 42 – 44; feature article “Subverting Traditional Definitions,” by Asia Freeman

1999:     Metalsmith; Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 47; “The Environmental Bead” by John Cogswell

1997:     New York Times; Sunday, August 17; “New and Bold Takes on the Humble Bead” by Bess Liebenson

1996:     Exhibition in Print; Special edition of Metalsmith; Volume 16, No. 4, p.11

1992:     Metalsmith; winter issue, Volume 12, No. 1, pp. 42 - 43; “Val Link and Graduates: A Platinum Retrospective” by Beverly Penn

American Craft; April/May issue, Volume 51, No. 8, pp. 40-41; featured artist in “Portfolio” section.

1991:     Metalsmith; Winter issue, Volume 11, No. 1, p. 48; Review, solo exhibition by Claire Holiday.

1982:     American Craft; April/May issue, Volume 42, No. 2, p.72; work reproduced in “Gallery” section.


Selected Exhibitions:

2016:     “Shadow Themes: Finding the Present in the Past" curated by Marjorie Simon and Biba Schutz; The Gallery at ReinsteinRoss, New York, NY (catalog)

"Leaders of American Studio Jewelry 1940-2000," Blue Oinion Mobile Gallery at the 2016 Charlotte Contemporary, Charlotte, NC

2015:     “Mapped: A Survey of Contemporary Jewelry and Metalwork,” curated by Demitra Thomloudis & Jessica Jacobi, Houston Community College

2014:     “Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography” curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY

2013:    “21st Century Heirlooms,” curated by Lena Vigna, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2012:    “Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures,” exhibition curated by Valerie Steele and organized by SNAG, SOFA, Chicago, IL

“Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals, Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize,” Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh

2010:     “The Plastic Show: Celebrating 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs by Lark Books” Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Retro Futurism," Houston Community College, featured exhibition on the SNAG 2010 conference exhibition crawl

2009:     "Signs of Life 2009," Facèré Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008:     “Content in Contemporary Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing;” Texas Tech University School of Art, Landmark Gallery; Lubbock, TX

2007-08 “Framing the Art of Jewelry;” SOFA- Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Craft; Portland, OR

2007:     “Jewelry from Paintings & Architecture;” Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA“

2006:   “Representations: A Decade of Work by Diane Falkenhagen,” solo exhibition, The Metals Museum, Memphis, TN

“Metalisms: Signature Works in Jewelry and Metalsmithing,” Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO

2005:     “Metals 2005,” Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

“100 Brooches,” Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA, and East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA (06)

“Juncture: Physical & Conceptual Connections in Contemporary Jewelry,” Sandra Zilker, Curator; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, TX

2003:     “Transformation 3: Small Metals and Jewelry, Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize,” The Metals Museum, Memphis, TN

2002:     “Diane Falkenhagen, Poetic Portrayals,” solo show, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2001:     “Diane Falkenhagen,” solo show, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

“Transformation 3: Small Metals and Jewelry, Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize,” Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2000:     Diane Falkenhagen; Solo Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

“Attitude and Action: North American Figurative Jewelry,” University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

1999:     “The Shadow of Memory,” Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1997:     “Hard Evidence,” Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio, TX

1989:     “United States Metal,” San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

1988:     “Spotlight ’88: Southeast/Southwest Crafts,” Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

1986:     “Contemporary Metals USA II,” Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA

1983:     “American Metalwork in Kyoto,” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Traditional Industry, Kyoto, Japan

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