Jamie Bennett


For some time I have been interested in how various cultures portray nature as an explanation of beauty. How nature is mediated by ornamentation and aestheticized continues to hold my interest. Particularly in jewellery, which is my primary format, interpretations of beauty seem to be intractable. My own interest in this subject has evolved and what I seek to characterize as beauty has shifted from an integrated ornamental condition to a more incidental bodily appearance. These works are intended as topographies of sorts, skin like, land like, amalgams that are taken from the body and brought back to the body. I use the word body here both as a euphemism and actually. The materials I choose are critical to the physical character of the work and the resulting experience for the viewer. How things appear to us is the result of our value systems, and I am interested in representing what I value.

Fellowships, Awards, Grants
2011
  New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2010  Alumni of the Year,  State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
2009  College of Fellows of the American Craft Council  elected.
2006  Rotasa Foundation Grant in support of retrospective exhibition at Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
2006  Windgate Foundation Grant in support of retrospective exhibition at Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
2003  Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity, SUNY
1999, 1990  New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship 
1988  National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship
1984 Massachusetts Artist Fellowship, Massachusetts Council for the Arts
1979, 1973  National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship

Selected Exhibitions
2011
 Jamie Bennett, Matter of Appearance,  Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
THE RING jewelry forever,   Galleri Hnoss,  Gothenburg, Sweden
2010  Jamie Bennett, Postpriori,  Hsinchu University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan
Aqueous Abstractions, Contemporary American Watercolors, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX  
Resent Acquisitions Exhibition  Museum of Art and Design, NYC
2009  Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett
Traveling nationally:
Racine Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin
Bellevue Museum, Bellevue, Washington
2008  Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett,  Fuller Museum,  Brockton, MA
Traveling nationally through 2010
National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis , TN    June 08
Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY   Sept. 08
2007  Hnoss Depended,  Rohasska Museum, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Ornament As Art, Avant-Garde Jewelry, Helen Williams Drutt Collection,
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Jewelry by Artists, The Daphne Farago Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2006  Schmuck 2006,  Handwerkskammer fur Munchen, Munich, Germany
Schmuck 2006  Museum of Arts and Design  NYC, NY 
2005 Jamie Bennett,  Abstracting Eden, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
Juxtapositions Sameul Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
2004  The Nature of Craft, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Treasures from the Vault, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, NY
Jamie Bennett, Landscape Vignettes ,  Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2003  Craft Transformed, Boston Universityís Program in Artisanry 1975- 1985 
Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA Sept. 2003
Micromegas, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia  March, 2003
 
Selected Public Collections
Akron University, Akron, OH
Arkansas Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR
Arrowmont Center for Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, NY
American Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Sameul Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY at New Paltz, NY
Fidelity Insurance Collection, Boston, MA
University Museum, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Kunstsmuseum of Art, Oslo, NORWAY
Kusntsmuseum of Art, Trondheim, NORWAY
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA  
Metropolitan Museum of Art,  NYC, NY   
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Mizuno Collection of International Jewelry, Mizuno College of Jewelry, Tokyo, JAPAN
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, FRANCE
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI   
Rohss Museum of Art, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Royal College of Art, London, ENGLAND
Yale Museum of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT     
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, ENGLAND

Publications
Koplos, Janet, Makers, A History of American Studio Crafts, NCU Press,  2010
L;Ecuyer, Kelly Jewelry by Artists, Museum of Fine Arts Press, Boston, MA  2010
Frankl, Elizabeth, Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett ,  Ornament, 31. 3 2008
Norris, Scott Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett,  American Craft, apr  08
Falion, Jeannine, Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett, Hudson Bay Press, 07
Atkins, David, illustrated by Quiles ,Leonardo CONFESSION, Q Press, 08
Strauss, Cindy,  Ornament as Art, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2007 
Mizuno, Takahiko  Contemporary Jewelry, pg 117-125, Oshita  2006

 

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