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Through the format of jewelry, Valerie James translates the gesture and psychology of traversed spaces. Walking is a way of knowing the body—the subtle movements it makes and how it interacts with surrounding landscapes. Using traditional mark making techniques such as engraving, James conveys these observations, the mobility of jewelry, and the agency it instills both in and out of the studio.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Valerie earned her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2019 and her BFA in 2016 from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Valerie currently holds teaching positions at both Tyler School of Art and RISD, while maintaining her studio practice in Fairmount, Philadelphia.


Education

2019                Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
                        Collegiate Teaching in Art & Design Certification        
2016                Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA


Awards & Scholarships

2019                Marzee International Graduate Prize, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2018                SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Eugene, OR
                        2 x 4 Educational Endowment, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
                        Graduate Project Grant Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
2017                Tiffany and Co. Foundation Scholarship,Tiffany and Co., New York, NY
                        RISD Graduate Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI    
                        Peggy Kirby Award, Women’s Jewelry Association, Poughkeepsie, NY
                        Tiffany Rosen Scholarship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
                        Saul Bell Design Award, “Emerging Artist” Finalist, Rio Grande, Albuquerque, NM
                        MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship, Providence Jeweler’s Club Foundation, Providence, RI


Selected Exhibitions
           
2020                Quiet Temperament, 2-person exhibition with Betsy Lewis, NYCJW, Brooklyn, NY, www.quiettemperament.com
                        Self-Medicated, New York City Jewelry Week, www.selfmedicatedexhibition.com
                        AMEND, Secret Identity Projects, www.amendexhibition.com
                        Online Quarantine Exhibition, Ornamentum Gallery
                        As Good as Gold: We Are SNAG Membership Series, SNAG//SPACE, online exhibition
2019                Dream Machine, NYCJW, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
                        Intro Inaugural Exhibition, Intro by Galerie Marzee, Amsterdam, NL
                        Marzee International Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, NL
                        Pop-Up: Line Break, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD
                        Instants // Intervals, Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY
                        RISD Graduate Thesis Show, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
                        Juried Student Exhibition, SNAG Conference, The Loop: Coming Full Circle, Chicago, IL
                        Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970, RISD Museum, Providence RI
                        Drawing Down, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD
                        Shape Shifters, Jewelry + Metalsmithing Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI    
2018                Souvenir, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
2016                Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM Senior Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2015                Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (Student Exhibitor), Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
                        Lamina Jewelry Exhibition and Sale, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2013                Juried Student Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Lectures

2019                 Instants//Intervals, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY
                         Line Break, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD
                         New England Graduate Media Symposium: Defining Journeys, Emerson College, Boston, MA
                         Betwixt and Between Course taught by Anne West, Grad Commons, Rhode Island School of Design,
                         Providence, RI
                         Guest Critic: Alternative Metals Course taught by Zac Yelnosky, Department of Furniture, Rhode Island
                         School of Design, Providence RI


Professional Experience

2020                 Bench Jeweler + CAD Designer, Studio Patina, Amsterdam, NL
2019                 Marzee for Starters Fellowship, INTRO Galerie by Marzee, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019                 One Month Artist Residency, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore Maryland
2019                 Graduate Assistant: Conservation Department, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
2018                 Gallery Assistant, Ornamentum, Hudson, NY
2018 -19           Fine Arts Woodshop Monitor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2017-18            Graduate Student Liaison, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2015-17            CAD Designer, International Manufacturing CO., Philadelphia, PA
2015                 Studio Assistant, Joy Stember Metal Arts, Abington, PA
2014-18            Bench Jeweler, Ilsa Loves Rick, Newtown, PA


Teaching Experience

2020                  Critic, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Jewelry + Metalsmithing: 3D Modeling and
                          Rendering
, Providence, RI
2020                  Adjunct Professor, Tyler School of Art, Department of Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM: Senior Metlas and
                          Plastics, Business Practices,
Phildelphia, PA
2019                  Teaching Assistant to Noam Elyashiv, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of, Jewelry +
                          Metalsmithing: Junior Jewelry + Metals, Providence, RI, Spring 2019
2019                  Instructor of Record, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Jewelry + Metalsmithing: Subtractive
                          Jewels, 
Providence, RI, Wintersession
2017 - 18           Instructor of Record, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Jewelry + Metalsmithing: Jewelry
                           Introduction
, Providence, RI, Fall 2017, Wintersession 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018
2014 - 16           Teaching Assistant to Daniella Kerner, Introduction to Jewelry, Tyler School of Art, Metals/Jewelry/CAD
                           CAM, Philadelphia, PA


Publications

2019                  SO MINT!, Current Obsession, July 2019: https://www.current-obsession.com/so-mint-valerie-james/
                          Art Jewelry Forum, On Offer Jewelry and Objects, July 2019: https://artjewelryforum.org/on-offer-30
                         The Gorham Workbench (Film), Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970, RISD Museum, Providence                           RI












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