FELICIA SZORAD
METAL ARTIST

Penland School of Crafts
P.O. Box 37
Penland, NC 28765
Website: www.penland.org

 

EDUCATION
1998 Master of Fine Arts Degree
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Metal design.

1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with University Honors
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. Metal design and painting.

1995-1999 Additional Workshops
Robert Ebendorf, Pat Flynn, Paula Garrett, Deborah Lozier, David Pimentel, Valeri Timofeev, Elizabeth Turrell.

 



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
FALL 1999-PRESENT
Metal Studio Supervisor
University of the Arts, Department of Crafts, Philadelphia, PA.
- Oversee the organization and maintainence of the jewelry and metal studios.
- Communicate with commercial vendors, place purchase orders, and stock items for resale to students.


1998/1999 ACADEMIC YEAR
Adjunct Faculty in Metal Design
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, Department of Crafts, Richmond, VA.

- Instructed Beginning Jewelry Design and Beginning Metalsmithing.
- Developed course materials and project guidelines, evaluated student progress, and documented work
- Introduced hot and cold fabrication, casting, sinking, raising, forming, forging, enameling, basic stone setting, and surface embellishment techniques.

1996-98 Graduate Teaching Fellowship In Metal-Design
ECU School of Art.

- Completely responsible for the Instruction of Metal Survey, a metal design course
- Developed course materials and project guidelines.
- Introduced hot and cold fabrication, forging, forming, basic stone setting and surface embelishment.
- Organized classroom critiques and evaluated student progress.



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
1999 The Wichita National 1999
Witchita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS. National Juried Exhibition.

1999 Arrowmont National 99
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN. National Juried Exhibition.

1996-1999 CCA Competitive Exhibition
Community Council for the Arts Gallery, Kinston, NC. National Juried Exhibition.

1998 Glass + Metal
Sight Gallery, San Francisco, CA. International Juried Enamel Exhibition.

1997 International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. International Juried Exhibition.

1997 Figurative Small Works
Armory Art Center, Palm Beach, FL. National Juried Exhibition.

1994-1997 SNAG Juried Student Slide Exhibition


AWARDS AND HONORS

2000 Penland School of Crafts Studio Assistantship
will be assisting Marjorie Simon
1999 Penland School of Crafts Work Study Scholarship
to study at Penland School, Penland, NC.

1998 NICHE Student Awards Finalist, metals.

1997 Enamelist Society Work Study Scholarship
to attend the International Enamelist Society conference.

1997 Clair E. Armstrong Fellowship
Juried Graduate Student Award to study at ECU.

1996 Finalist for East Carolina University Graduate Student Teaching Award.

1996 Taeylor Award for Art
Juried Student Scholarship to study at ECU



REFERENCES
Linda Darty
Distinguished Professor and Program Head, ECU Metals Program, School of Art, ECU
Greenville, North Carolina, 27858
252-328-6665

Robert Ebendorf
Associate Professor, ECU Metals Program, School of Art, ECU
Greenville, North Carolina, 27858
252-328-6665

James Meyer
Distinguished Professor and Program Head, VCU Crafts Department, School of the Arts, VCU
Richmond, Virginia, 23220
804-828-1477

Thomas Muir
Distinguished Professor and Program Head, BGSU Metals Program, School of Art, BGSU
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
419-372-8529

John Satterfield
Distinguished Professor, ECU Metals Program, School of Art, ECU
Greenville, North Carolina, 27858
252-328-6665






FELICIA SZORAD
ARTIST'S STATEMENT




The collection of small figurative sculptures I completed for my creative thesis in graduate school is my most comprehensive body of work to date. The works, as a group, are entitled The Duality of My Feminine Existence. It is of utmost personal importance that my metal pieces incorporate a contextual narrative or conceptual theme. As the title of my creative thesis
reveals, my ideas and feelings about being female compose the expressive content of my figurative works.

My feminine perspective is one of duality. The defining characteristics society assigns my gender are sometimes beneficial, but are at other times a hindrance. Because society anticipates I will be nurturant, it is assumed I am more sensitive and qualified to be a caregiver than the average man. However, it is also assumed I am a greater liability in the workforce as I might become pregnant or leave to care for my family. My life is a perpetual balancing act between positive and negative realities, and my metal figures communicate a conceptual theme focussing on said balance through color, texture, technique, and design.

The positive aspects of femininity are expressed through colorful patinas and enamels, finely crafted sterling, strong stances, and an implied independence of movement. The negative aspects of my feminine world-view are translated through dark metals, rough textures resembling folds and bindings, the absence of arms and faces, and a sense of isolation achieved by displaying each figure in a separate environment. My figures are not unlike actual women. They are beautiful, hopeful and empowered, yet also confined, incomplete and alone.

While personal expression continues to be of paramount importance, I am fascinated by the visual relationships evident in my figurative work. The juxtapositions of light to dark, finely sanded to roughly folded, solid construction to frail connection have transformed into an additional contextual narrative for my work, figurative or non-figurative.