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I view myself first and foremost as a craftsperson. However, I love working in fields such as digital fabrication, video, audio, and robotics and then bringing my research back to my creative home in the crafts disciplines.
The machine can be evidenced in my work through my material choices and my processes. My wearable objects are heavily influenced by the form languages of current technology and science fiction. I have taken inspiration from interstellar spaceships, medical imaging equipment, early smartphone designs, and video game controllers. I am interested in these forms because metal and other industrial infrastructure has a strong visual presence in the aesthetics of both utopian and dystopian imagery, allowing me to access a wealth of associations about the changing present and speculative futures. Industry is so dissimilar from flesh, yet it functions in our imagination to constrain, advance, and augment the flesh through digital and mechanical means. Similarly, I use the tools and materials of industry – metal, computers, screens, 3D printing, and code – as a means to witness the machine’s collaborative relationship with people and thought. This results in objects and digital works that can come from, look towards, and suggest my visions for anticipated versions of the future.

Lauren Eckert is a multimedia object maker and illustrator from southern New Jersey. Her work has been exhibited venues such as the Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA; Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY; Form & Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; and Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ. In 2018, she curated the show “The Virtual Hand” for Temple University.
She has received awards including a Shapeways Education Grant, and a Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference Student Scholarship in 2019. Her work was included in the 2018 SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey.
Eckert attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2019.
She is an upcoming Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Eckert is currently based in Philadelphia, PA.

EDUCATION:
Class of 2019 - Tyler School of Art, Temple University. B.F.A. with Honors

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2018 to Present – Instructor, Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
(Digital Design and Fabrication)
2017 – Jewelry Instructor, Tall Pines Day Camp, Williamstown, NJ.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2019 – Fine Metals Summer Studio Assistant, Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ.
2019 – Virtual Reality Experience Facilitator, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA.
2017 to 2019 – Fine Art Printing Specialist, Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
2017 to 2018 – Production Intern, Forge + Finish, Philadelphia, PA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
2017 to Present – Member, Graphic Design Occupational Advisory Committee, Thomas Alva Edison High School, Philadelphia, PA.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
2019 to Present – Ethical Metalsmiths
2018 to Present – Society of North American Goldsmiths.

GRANTS, AWARDS, AND RESIDENCIES:
2019 (Upcoming) – Artist in Residence, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
2019 – SNAG 2019 Conference Student Scholarship Award, Society of North American Goldsmiths.
2018 – Shapeways Education Grant, Shapeways.
2015 – Temple University Honors Merit Stipend, Temple University.
2015 – Art Educators of New Jersey Scholarship Award, The Governor’s Awards in Art Education.

CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIUMS ATTENDED:
2019 – Society of North American Goldsmiths 2019 Conference, Chicago, IL.

EXHIBITIONS:
2019 (Upcoming) – Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, “Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices,” Gatlinburg, TN.
2019 – SNAG // SPACE, “2019 Graduating Seniors,” Online.
2019 – Peters Valley School of Craft, “Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft,” Layton, NJ.
2019 – Society of North American Goldsmiths 2019 Conference, “Adorned Spaces,” Chicago, IL.
2019 – Form & Concept Gallery, “5th Annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition,” Sante Fe, NM. (Jurors Bryan Peterson, Tom Muir)
2019 – Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, “2019 Senior Exhibition Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM,” Philadelphia, PA.
2019 – Nazareth College Arts Center, “Articulating Craft,” Rochester, NY. (Juror Holland Houdek)
2018 – Wayne Arts Center, “Craft Forms 2018,” Philadelphia, PA. (Juror Perry Allen Price)
2018 – Tuttleman Learning Center, “The Virtual Hand,” Philadelphia, PA.
2018 – Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, “Lamina Jewelry,” Philadelphia, PA.
2016 – Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, “Foundations Annual Exhibition,” Philadelphia, PA.
2015 – Vineland Public Library, “Heritage Student Art Show,” Vineland, NJ.

EXHIBITIONS CURATED/ORGANIZED:
2019 – Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, “2019 Senior Exhibition Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM,” Philadelphia, PA.
2018 – Temple University’s Tuttleman Learning Center, “The Virtual Hand,” Philadelphia, PA.
2018 – Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, “Lamina Jewelry,” Philadelphia, PA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
2019 – Society of North American Goldsmiths, “2018 Jewelry and Metals Survey,” (Jurors Hoss Haley, Todd Reed, Jennifer Scanlan)

PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS:
2018 – Presentation on “The Virtual Hand,” Claudia Pine-Simon’s Cyberspace and Society class, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

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