Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly crafted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life. It is my hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation.
Over my 40-year career, my experience as a bench jeweler allowed me to design, create custom jewelry, repair heirloom jewelry and problem solve. I transitioned from working in gold to working in sterling silver. The scale of my work has increased from small jewelry to larger tabletop pieces, offering a layered canvas to express my love of insects and nature.
I fabricate all of my work, which means I do not use any manufactured items. Each piece is cut and shaped from sheets of metal. Silversmith techniques are used to form the metal into 3 dimensional forms, which make my pieces come alive. Ancient metal techniques such as chasing, repoussé, engraving, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty.
The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work. In contrast, the Art Deco style also resonates with me and allows me to incorporate geometric lines and shapes creating a completely different body of work.
Throughout my career, I have constantly challenged myself to evolve both as an artist and as a businessperson. This is reflected in my constantly expanding endeavors, which include moving from creating only jewelry to working on a larger scale. Whether it’s collaborating with clients to create unique, custom pieces to fulfill their desires or a mezuzah for a museum, I strive to incorporate beauty, design and superior techniques in each piece.
2018 R. G. Enders Gallery Prairie Village State of the Arts, Prairie Village, KS Visionmakers 2018 108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa, OK River Market Regional Exhibiton/Sounds of the City, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO identiTEA National Teapot Exhibition, Crafts Alliance, St. Louis, MO Women of the Arts of Kansas City, March, Kansas City, MO
2017 Wichita National All-Media Exhibition, Mark Arts Center, Wichita, KS “On this Earth” Exhibition, Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO River Market Regional Exhibition/Truth, Trust, Transcend, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO Finalist/Saul Bell International Design Competition Hollowware Division, Albuquerque, NM Pour Your Heart Out, Juried Exhibition of Teapots, The Worcester Center for Crafts Gallery Store, Worcester, MA Wearable Expressions International Juried Exhibition of Wearable Art
2016 R.G. Endres Gallery, Prairie Village State of the Arts Exhibition, Prairie Village, KS Everyday Earring Exhibition, Eat Metal Gallery, Hoboken, NJ Light, Space and Time 5th Annual “Seasons” Online Art Competition www.lightspacetime.com Re:Members Kansas City Artists Coalition 40th Anniversary Prairie Village State of the Arts Exhibition, Prairie Village,KS,\
2015 First Annual International Chasing & Repoussé Exhibition, Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO Saul Bell Award Finalist Show/JCK Exposition, Las Vegas, NV “Beyond Modern Metal Exhibition”, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2014 Locust Street Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Kansas City, MO “Metal Extinction Exhibition”, Metalsmith’s Assoc. So.California Locust Street Gallery, Group Show, Kansas City, MO Rivermarket Regional Exhibition, The Kansas City Artists Coalition
2013 Locust Street Gallery, Kansas City, MO 2012 Group Holiday Show, Gerard Studio, Kansas City, MO 2006 Group Show, Winter Jewelry Extravaganza, Kansas City, MO 2005 “One Word” All Women Invitational Exhibition Avila College, Kansas City, MO Solo exhibition #8 Gallery, 16th & Locust, Kansas City, MO 2003 “Bless This House”, The Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Overland Park, KS “Ceremony in the Desert”, Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Musuem of Temple Beth Isreal, Scottsdale, AZ 2002 The Judith Altman Memorial Judaica Competition Exhibition, Temple Judea Museum, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA “Under the Chuppah”, Judaica for the Wedding and Beyond, Kansas City Jewish Museum 2000 ‘Living in the Moment’, Hebrew Union College, New York, NY 1999 Goldman Art Gallery Invitational, Rockville, MD Jewish Museum of San Francisco Invitational, San Francisco, CA 1996 “Vessels and Vestments: Contemporary Christian Liturgical Art”, Dadian Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC 1994-1985 Silver & Gold, An Invitational Group Exhibition, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York 5th Annual KCAC Art Auction, Kansas City, MO 1993 Perfumes & Paperweights 20th Anniversary Invitational, del Mano Gallery,Pasadena, CA 1992 Perfumes & Paperweights ’92 Invitational, del Mano Gallery, Pasadena, CA 1991 Summer Silver Invitational, Zaruba Gallery, Frederick, MD Contemporary Reflections Invitational, Seattle, WA Holiday Collectibles, Sylvia Ullman American Cleveland, OH 1990 Garden Art Invitational, America House, Tenafly, NJ “Contemporary Jewelry”, The Baker Gallery, Kansas City, MO 1989 “Collecting Treasure: National Jewelry Invitational 1989”, St. Louis, MO ‘Dimensions ’89’, Lenexa’s National 3-Dimensional Art Show, Lenexa,KS 1988-2000 ACC (American Craft Council Exhibition) Baltimore, MD 1986 -1987 ACC (American Craft Council Exhibition) Springfield, MA 1987 Topeka Crafts Competition 11 Topeka, KS July 20-August 22 Ranchmart Gallery, Leawood, KS KCAC Invitational Holiday Show, Kansas City, MO 1986 Cooperstown 51st Annual Art Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY July 20- August 22 1985 Topeka Crafts Competition 9, Topeka, KS
2018 Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC, Kansas City, MO
2018 VisionMakers2018 Hogan Award for Craftsmanship, VisionMakers 2018, 108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2016 Special Merit Award Nature Art Exhibition, Light, Space & Time Online Gallery
2016 3rd Place Awarded Nature Art Exhibition-3D Art Category, Light, Space & Time Online Gallery 2015 2nd Place Awarded Prairie Village State of the Arts Exhibition, Prairie Village, KS, Larry Thomas, juror 2nd Place Hollowware/Art Object division Saul Bell International Design Award Competition, Albuquerque, NM 2014 First Place River Market Regional Exhibit 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Kansas City, MO, Juror, Antonia Boström of Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England 1998 First Place Highland Park Festival, Highland Park, IL 1985 Merit award Columbia Art Festival 27, Columbia, MO
2018 Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC, Kansas City, MO
2017 FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION A live podcast interviewed by Carrie Richwine 2016 GUILDit Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO A live interactive talk
2015 The Kansas City Artists Coalition, RE:MEMBERING-archiving for artists, Genevieve Flynn & Larry Thomas speak about participating in the Nelson Atkins Artists Initiative Files
2018 Argentium Silver Guild Feature, Clare Felgate, Argentium Silver Guild Feature: Genevieve Flynn, Award Winning Silversmith, England, January, 2018 Mark Arts, Wichita National All-Media Exhibition, Wichita, KS, September-October, 2017 Rio Grande, The 2017 Saul Bell Design Award, Book of Finalists, Albuquerque, NM, May, 2017 Gabrielle, 2017 Wearable Expressions Curator’s Catalogue, Featuring the Ultimate in Wearable Art, Palos Verdes, CA, February, 2017 Floyd, Sudee, Chasing & Repoussé/A Survey 2000-2015, Littleton, CO, August, 2015 Rio Grande, The 2015 Saul Bell Design Award, Book of Finalists, Albuquerque, May, 2015 Benesh, Carolyn L. E., Saul Bell Design Award 2015, Ornament Magazine Volume 38 #3, pages 18-21 Simpson, Janet, RMRE, Kansas City, self published, July 11 - August 22, 2014 Simpson, Janet, re:MEMBERS, Kansas City, self published, July 10 - August 20, 2015 Hartman, Tanya, Exhibition finds inspiration in Midwest annual River Market Event, spotlights regional talents, August 7, 2014, page C16 Hemachandra, Ray, 500 Judaica, Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art, New York, Lark Books, 2010 KC Studio, Renaissance Woman, Metalsmith Refines Art, July/August, 2009, page 30 The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Calendar, 2005 The Kansas City Star Magazine, 2004 The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, 2004 The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, June Issue, 1997 The Wednesday Magazine, July Issue, 1997 The Kansas City Magazine, 1985
Collections/Commissions 2015 Private collection of Bai Ming, International Ceramic Artist, China 1994 St. Peter’s Church, Kansas City, MO Custom sterling silver chalice 1990 Paula Abdul Poppy Blossom Mirror, sterling silver, Los Angeles, CA 1985 World Series Commemorative pin Ewing Kaufman, team owner, Kansas City, MO
Professional Experience 2016 Artist INC Fellowship Awarded, Kansas City, MO 2012-2013 President, Sterling Guild of Kansas City, MO 1997-Present Instructor/Director Jewelry Techniques School 1989-2000 Director of the Baltimore Alternative Craft Show 1989-1997 Instructor Beginning silversmithing/junior high level 1975-1982 Trade Jeweler
Service to the Field
2018, June, Award Judge, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO February, Juror, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO June, Awards Judge, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO 2017 SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Hospitality Committee, New Orleans, LA 2015, February, Juror, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO 2015, June, Award Judge, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO 2000, Juror, Shawnee Mission East High School Art/Design Competition, Overland Park, KS
2018 Fabrizio Acquafresca, Intensive chasing & repoussé 2014-2015 Kevin O’Dwyer, Intensive class hollow forms 2012 David Huang, Intensive focus raising vessels 2012 Fabrizio Acquafresca, Using snarling irons on hollowware 2010-2014 Fabrizio Acquafresca, Intensive focusing Old World Italian chasing/repoussé 1999 Valentin Yotkov, Intensive focus chasing & repoussé 1991 Penland School of Arts, Metal forming/Heikki Seppa 1986 Heikki Seppa, Intensive focus anticlastic/synclastic techniques 1985 University of Kansas, Metalsmithing/Hollowware, Jon Havener 1974-75 The Kansas City School of Watchmaking, Jewelry Design, Jewelry Repair, Hand Engraving
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.