Eleanor Moty



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Eleanor Moty

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Eleanor Moty

Eleanor Moty
Art metals, jewelry, and metalsmithing

Art Department (Art)

Personal Biography

"Landscape continues to have a subtle influence on my work. This stems from my childhood on a farm in Illinois where the horizon line was always visible, and the texture and color of the land constantly changed with the plantings and seasons. As snow covered the land, only the essence of form remained. I attempt a similar approach to design, rejecting the extraneous and using materials sparingly to create shardlike brooches which feature the beauty of natural stones and crystals. The quartz stones with their linear inclusions of gold-colored rutile or black tourmaline are reminiscent of blades of grass and stems projecting through ice on a frozen pond. By contrast, the dynamics of the jet black stones - jasper, jade, petrified palm - evoke the earth and other elements of the land. Each piece evolves from the energy and intrinsic beauty of the stone and intuition."


1971 MFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1968 BFA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Significant Achievements

2006 Metalsmiths and Mentors: Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chazen Museum of Art

2002 A View From the West: Twenty Metalsmiths from the American West, The Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (group)

2001 Feature Article, Jewelry Circle Magazine 57 (January 2001), Taiwan

2000 Marked by Media: An Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA (group)

1998 Induction into the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council, New York, NY

1997 Feature Exhibition, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)

1997 Centennial Metals, The Society of Art and Crafts, Boston, MA (group)

1995 Honored in Seven Masters of the Media, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1995 Work purchased for the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC



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