Visiting Artist, Jess Tolbert 11.13

10am DEV Hall (Art Building), room 106 Collection Study Room

Jess Tolbert received her MFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a BFA from Texas State University, San Marcos. Her recent work reconsiders and reimagines the materials and products of mass production as raw material, transforming them into wearable objects that investigate the merits of repair and reinvention as a creative act. She is the recipient of The 2017 & 2019 Rachelle Thiewes Endowment. In 2015 she presented Notes from the Field at the annual Society of North American Goldsmith’s Conference, as well as her first curatorial project, Infra-ordinary. Tolbert continues to showcase curatorial projects under the collective Secret Identity Projects. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally, including the 9th Cheongju International Craft Biennale and Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Tolbert lives in El Paso, Texas and is Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry and Metals program at The University of Texas, El Paso.

Jess Tolbert’s visit to NMSU i is part of the Fall 2019 Visiting Artist and Scholars Lecture Series. All the events are free and open to the NMSU community and the public. This visit is sponsored by the NMSU Department of Art, and NMSU Metals Student Club.


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