Art Jewelry Goes Online in Two Current Exhibitions of Work by Dodd Professor

Demitra Thomloudis, Assistant Professor of Jewelry & Metalwork, has work on view in two current exhibitions. CrossPASS, an exhibition with Motoko Furuhashi, is on view at the Baltimore Jewelry Center in Baltimore, MD until September 1, 2017. At the same time, the online group exhibition Body of Work: Contemporary Art Jewelry on the Body, organized through the Baltimore Jewelry Center, is available through Google Arts and Culture.

CrossPASS is a project featuring collaborative and solo works by artists Demitra Thomloudis and Motoko Furuhashi that examines place through the intimate lens of jewelry and small objects and through expanded media. The project targets a distinctive stretch of the Interstate 10 corridor connecting the border region of El Paso, Texas to Las Cruces, New Mexico. CrossPASS incorporates site-specific locations and the artists’ shared personal inquiries along this route. The collection of images, video, and sound directly influences the creation of jewelry and objects. CrossPASS is augmented by an extensive digital resource that bring the viewer along in the artists’ investigation of dramatic terrain and vernacular structures. Join the journey through the project’s website, which tells the story of the objects through maps, video, text, and images related to sites across the southwest.

Body of Work: Contemporary Art Jewelry on the Body features contemporary jewelers, metalsmiths, and sculptors whose work alters or draws attention to the body. Subdivided and Joined, a necklace Thomloudis made in 2014, is included in the section of the exhibition devoted to the material body. The artists in this section use materials that have a unique or special association to the body; in Thomloudis’s case, forms associated with building and construction treat the body as a landscape to be built on. The exhibition was conceived of and curated by staff of the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Google Arts and Culture is an online platform of the Google Cultural Institute, a non-profit organization that partners with organizations to bring the world’s cultural heritage online in order to make them more widely accessible. Take advantage of the online format to view Body of Work: Contemporary Art Jewelry on the Body on Google Arts and Culture and see the art jewelry of Thomloudis and others in the field.

Thomloudis is Assistant Professor in the Jewelry and Metals department at the School of Art. She received her MFA from San Diego State University and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is a recipient of a Kent State University Research Council Award, the Bedichek-Orman Professional Development Grant, and a 2015 Nominee for the American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award, among other awards. Artist residencies include the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Smitten Forum.

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