Gina Westergard

Gina Westergard
  • Professor of Visual Art in Metalsmithing/Jewelry

Contact Info

Chalmers Hall
1467 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Gina Westergard has been teaching in the Metalsmithing/Jewelry program at the University of Kansas for over twenty-five years.  She has served as Associate Chair, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for the Visual Art department.  She received her M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington and her B.A. at San Diego State University.  Her work has been exhibited internationally in South Korea, Germany, Australia, Finland, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Her work has also been exhibited nationally throughout United States including Fortunoff, New York, NY; The National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN; The California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA; and I-Space Gallery, Chicago, IL. Reviews of her work in Metalsmith magazine include "Discoveries Within," Summer 2000 and "Intimate Assemblages," Summer 1997.  Her work was selected for the 2014 and 2009 Metalsmith Exhibition in Print publications and her funerary urns appear in 500 Vessels, Contemporary Explorations of Containment, published by Lark Books.  In addition, she was awarded a prestigious Mid-American Art Alliance/NEA Fellowship.


MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Indiana University


Research interests:

  • Funerary Urns
  • Vessels
  • Reliquaries
  • Holloware
  • Metalsmithing
  • Jewelry
  • Enamel
  • Color on Metal


Teaching interests:

  • Metalsmithing
  • Jewelry
  • Enameling
  • Hollowware
  • Silver Soldering

Selected Presentations

Body Matters: A Conversation with Artists Holland Houdek and Gina Westergard, Sponsored by The Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Virtual Presentation (2021, March 16)




  • PaperAlchemy,NationalInvitationalTravelingExhibition,RadfordUniversityArtMuseum,CovingtonCenter,Radford,VA; Lighthouse Art Center Gallery & School of Art, Tequesta, FL (2022)
  • Healing,Knowing,SeeingtheBody,InternationalExhibition,SpencerMuseumofArt,UniversityofKansas,Lawrence,KS(2021)
  • Goldsmith'20,InternationalJuriedExhibition,inconjunctionwiththe50thAnnualSocietyofNorth America Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2021)
  • 34th Annual Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and exhibition,Patterson-AppletonArtsCenter,GreaterDentonArtsCouncil,Denton,TX (2021)