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Gina Westergard

Associate Professor of Metalsmithing/Jewelry

Artist's Statement

Gina WestergardGina Westergard is an Associate Professor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design and the Director of Graduate Studies in Art & Design at the University of Kansas. She received her M.F.A. from Indiana University in 1991 and completed her B.A. at San Diego State University in 1988. Both degrees are in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design.

Professor Westergard has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for over twenty years in venues that include: Ostholstein Museum, Eutin, Germany; the Tap Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Fortunoff, New York, NY; The National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN; The California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA; The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA; The Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA, and I-Space Gallery, Chicago.

Metalsmith Magazine reviews include "Discoveries Within," Summer 2000; "Intimate Assemblages," Summer 1997; and "Gina Westergard, The Point of Balance — Pendants and Sculptural Displays," Spring 1994. Her work has also appeared in Exhibition in Print 2009: Saturated Metal & Color and the American Craft Portfolio Review, April/May 1997. Recently, three of her pieces were illustrated in 500 Vessels, Contemporary Explorations of Containment, published by Lark Books.

Awards and grants in recognition of Professor Westergard's creative work include a Mid-American Art Alliance/NEA Fellowship; a Juror's Award from the 18th Annual Materials Hard and Soft Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX; a Juror's Award from the Precious Metals Exhibition, Galleria Mesa, Mesa, AZ; three General Research Fund and four Hallmark Enhancement grants from the University of Kansas.

Department of Visual Art
Art & Design Building
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., room 358
Lawrence, KS 66045-7531


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