2012 National Juried High School Metals Exhibition on Display Now at FAC

First Place: Maxine Pelligra
From February 3 to March 23, 2012, you can view the 2012 National Juried High School Metals Exhibition in the Sheffield Wood Gallery at FAC.  
The biennial National Juried High School Metalsmithing Exhibition was started by retired Fine Arts Center metals teacher Susan Willis, and current metals teacher Katy Bergman Cassell is continuing the tradition. "It connects me to the other teachers in the country who share a passion for this media and who are making the extra effort to gain national exposure for our students' work," says Ms. Cassell.
The goals of the exhibition are to highlight the accomplishments of students and teachers at the high school level, to showcase how metal can be used to achieve artistic expression, and to generate interest in and excitement about the fields of metals and enameling. Work eligible for submission included jewelry, vessels, objects, enameling, and even mixed media, as long as metal was the primary material. The show was open to all high school students and recent graduates, and the work must have been made within the last three years during high school.
Of 163 entries from 18 programs in 9 states, 79 were accepted, including 11 works from FAC students. Juror Bob Ebendorf also chose awards for exceptional pieces.

Said Ebendorf, "There was such wonderful work, much of it on par with what college students create. In celebration of this endeavor by the teachers and students, I’d like them all to be included in the invitational 2014 National High School Metals Exhibition. Congratulations to all students who entered. Submitting their work for judgment and risking non-acceptance takes courage."
Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the awards:
Metalliferous, $200 and $100 Gift Certificates for Best of Show in Metal and teacher of winner
Thompson Enamel, $200 for Best of Show in Enameling and $100 Gift Certificate to the teacher of the winner
Rio Grande, $100 Gift Certificate for 1st Place, and $100 to the teacher of the winner
Lark Books, 1000 Rings, 500 Bracelets, 500 Brooches, 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Earrings, The Art of Enameling, and 21st Century Jewelry
Society of North American Goldsmiths, complimentary membership and conference fee waiver for the teacher of the Best of Show in Metal, complimentary membership for the teacher of the 1st Place, and back issues of Metalsmith Magazine for all participating schools
Edinboro University, $50 Best Craftsmanship
The Fine Arts Center, $60 2nd Place and $40 3rd Place