United States

11/25/2019
October 12, 2019

The 2019 Texas Metals Symposium took place October 12, 2019, at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX, hosted by the university's Metals department program and club. This annual, free symposium is in its twelfth year and brings together a diverse and tight-knit community of metalsmiths and innovative speakers. Speakers included

  • Ana Lopez, associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry at the University of North Texas
  • Sarah T. Roberts, professor of metals and studio manager at the Southwest School of Art
  • Nicole Deschamps-Benke, senior lecturer for studio art: metals and the fabrication lab manager at Texas State University
  • Rachelle Thiewes, professor emerita in the department of art at the University of Texas
  • Jess Tolbert, assistant professor of art and head of the jewelry and metals program at University of Texas, El Paso
  • Robly Glover, professor of jewelry design and metalsmithing at Texas Tech University
  • Natalie Macellaio, professor of sculpture at Brookhaven Community College, in Dallas, TX
  • Kathleen Janvier, adjunct professor at Brookhaven College, in Farmers Branch, TX, and lecturer at the University of Texas in Arlington

The conference coincided with the exhibition of Not So Lone Star Studios: A Gathering of Texas Makers, which was on at the Museum of Texas Tech University and featured the work of 38 Texas metalsmiths and jewelers. Here are some glimpses of the event, as well as the exhibition.

Thanks to those who contributed photos: Kathleen Janvier, Ana Lopez, Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero, Julian Rosas, and Jess Tolbert.

Postcard for the 2019 Texas Metals Symposium
Sarah T. Roberts, Jess Tolbert, Rachelle Thiewes, Ana Lopez, Robly Glover, and Nicole Deschamps-Benke at the 2019 Texas Metals S
Ana Lopez presenting at the 2019 Texas Metals Symposium, photo: Kathleen Janvier
Rachelle Thiewes presenting at the 2019 Texas Metals Symposium, photo: Jess Tolbert
The organizers and curators of the 2019 Texas Metals Symposium
Necklaces on display in the exhibition “Not So Lone Star Studios,” work by (left to right) Kat Cole (“Boundary Line Loop Necklac
Necklaces by (left) Nancy Slagle (“Brambles”) and (right) Nancy Slagle (“Binary 001”) mounted to the wall in the exhibition “Not
Necklaces by (left) Laritza Garcia (“Raw Growth”) and (right) Heidi Gerstacker (“Myopic”) on display in the exhibition “Not So L
Robly Glover’s “Day Zephyr” on view in the exhibition “Not So Lone Star Studios,” photo: Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero
Tamar Navarna’s “Leftovers” in the exhibition “Not So Lone Star Studios,” photo: Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero
Beverly Penn’s “Five Weeks Time: Allium Canadense” in the exhibition “Not So Lone Star Studios,” photo: Alejandra Salinas
Students at the “Not So Lone Star Studios” exhibition, photo: Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero
Kathleen Janvier (wearing a brooch by Natalie Macellaio) and Rachelle Thieves (wearing earrings she made) at the 2019 Texas Meta
Unknown jewelry lover and other attendees at the “Not So Lone Star Studios” exhibition, photo: Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero
Sarah T. Roberts and Jillian Sortore viewing the “Not So Lone Star Studios” exhibition, photo: Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero
Exhibition view, “Not So Lone Star Studios,” photo: Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Romero

Alejandra Salinas

Alejandra Salinas is a metalsmith and emerging curator, born in the United States and raised in Mexico. Standing between two cultures, she combines her personal history with a contemporary perspective, translating her experiences into metal objects and jewelry. Salinas completed her BFA in metal at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work explores boundaries, both physical and conceptual, as she attempts to materialize a sense of resilience and hope.

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