The Metal Museum’s commitment to jewelry is embedded in its mission to advance the field of fine metalwork through collections, exhibitions, education, studio practice, and the Museum Store.
The permanent collection focuses on contemporary metal art, specifically from the Post-Craft Revival (1960s) to present. This includes a significant collection of contemporary studio jewelry from renowned national and international artists. Work can be viewed at the Museum in the Visible Storage Gallery and online through our website, and is available for loan to other institutions.
Exhibitions include solo and group shows that feature jewelry artists. The Master Metalsmith series gives retrospective exhibitions to artists with careers spanning at least 20 years who have made a significant impact on the field. The Tributaries series provides small solo shows for emerging and mid-career artists. Group shows include curated in-house exhibitions and borrowed traveling exhibitions from other museums and from arts organizations such as the Society of North American Goldsmiths and The Enamelist Society.
Over 50 different metalsmiths from throughout the United States and Canada are represented in the Metal Museum Store. The store helps ensure the future of metalsmithing by encouraging the public to purchase work made by artists who are active in the field. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind or made in limited quantities. The store also includes limited amounts of work created by the Metal Museum Blacksmith Shop & Foundry, which includes anything from hand-forged hooks and cast trivets to fabricated "milkweed" centerpieces.
Read AJF's interview with Executive Director Carissa Hussong here, and 40 Under 40 curators Grace Stewart and Nancy Cook here.
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Memphis, TN 38106 USA