Studio jeweler and visual artist Demitra Thomloudis joins the faculty at the Dodd this fall as Assistant Professor in the Jewelry and Metalwork area. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she received her MFA from San Diego State University and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Thomloudis states that her jewelry is influenced by the vernacular architecture and landscapes of site-specific locations. This interest has led her to identity particular aesthetic characteristics and construction techniques that she can employ to create works to be worn on the body. As an artist using jewelry/objects as an artistic format for self-expression, her work intends to challenge the construct of the medium as a means to examine value, material sign systems and extensions of personal/place identity.
Thomloudis’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally and she has been invited to exhibit, lecture, and teach at various institutions and events such as SOFA Chicago, Athens (Greece) Jewellery Week and Penland School of Crafts. Artist residencies include a yearlong appointment at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Smitten Forum. Her work has been included in publications such as 500 Plastic and Resin Jewelry and 500 Enameled Objects, The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin: Techniques, Projects and Inspiration.