Featured Artisan: Munya Avigail Upin

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Condensed Resume


1987 M.F.A.: California State University, Fullerton, California, concentration in Art Metals
1979 M.A.: San Diego State University, San Diego, California, concentration in Silversmithing
1975 B.F.A.: Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, with general honors: concentration in Silversmithing

Selected Teaching Appointments

1997-Present: Jewelry Instructor, De Cordova Museum School, Lincoln, Massachusetts
1998: Jewelry Instructor, Massachusetts College of Art
1982-1989: Assistant Professor, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
1981-1982: Jewelry Instructor, Art Metals and Basic Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
1980-1981: Artist in Residence, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, Oregon

Numerous lectures and workshops throughout the U.S., including Penland School of Crafts, Peter's Valley, Brookfield, Museum School- Boston, and Seattle Metal's Guild

Selected Awards & Recognition

2000: Niche Award, lighting and candlesticks category
1993: Visual Artist Grant Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs City of San Antonio
1990: Special Commissions Program Jewish Museum, New York City
1989: Mid-America Arts Alliance Fellowship
1987: Margret Craver Withers Metal Award Wichita National
Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas
1979: Honorable Mention Sterling Silver Design Competition, Lever House, New York, New York

Selected Publication of Work

1999: Judaic Artisans Today, Kathryn Morton. Flower Valley Press
1998: American Style Magazine
1996: Metalsmith Magazine
1996, 2000: Textile Techniques in Metal, Arline M. Fisch, Lark Books
1983: American Craft
1983: Jewelry: Contemporary Design and Technique, Chuck Evans, Davis Publications
1976: California Design '76, Library Edition

Selected Exhibitions

2002: "The Ring," Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA. travelling exhibition
1998: "The Functional Vase Project 1998," Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan and SOFA, N.Y.
1997: "For Sight: Artist Interpreted Eyewear," Gallery I/O, New Orleans, Louisiana
1997: "New Design in Jewelry and Metalwork," Gallery Eight, La Jolla, California
1996: "Shreve's 200 Anniversary Artisan Silver Exhibition," Shreve, Crump and Low, Boston, Massachusetts
1994-96: "School of Fisch," Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, Design Yard, Dublin, Ireland, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, AAlborg, Denmark and Rohsska Konstlojdsmuseet, Goteborg, Sweden
1994: "Dancing Through Domesticity " (one-person show), Jansen/Perez Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
1993: "Contemporary American Metalworking- Sculptural Concerns," Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana (traveling exhibition)
1991: "Hidden Spaces," National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
1988: "Avant Garde Jewelry USA," The Joan Michlin Collection, New York City
1981: "International Jewellery Show," Munich, Germany
1976: "California Design '76," Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California
1975: "Sterling Silver Design Competition," Lever House, New York, New York


Artisan Member, Society of American Silversmiths
American Craft Council
Society of North American Goldsmiths

Munya Avigail Upin
41 Waverley St.
Belmont, MA 02478

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