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Eleanor Moty
Koi Brooch
Sterling silver, tourmalintated quartz, black paper Micarta
2 9/16" x 13/16" x 1/4"
Agate by Dieter Lorenz
Sterling silver, carved agate, moonstone, black peper Micarta
2 3/4" x 1 5/8" x 5/8"
Eleanor Moty
Milky Way Brooch
Sterling silver, 14K gold, slate with pyrite inclusions, pyrite crystal, black paper Micarta
3 3/16" x 1 1/2" x 9/16"
Eleanor Moty
Perseid Brooch
Sterling silver, 22K gold, 18K gold, quartz with pyrite inclusions, black pepper Micarta
1 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 3/8 inches
Eleanor Moty
Intersection Brooch
Sterling silver, 14K gold, quartz crystal with negative crystal
2 1/16 x 2 1/8 x 3/8 inches

Eleanor Moty resides in Tucson, Arizona, having retired in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin where she taught jewelry and metalsmithing for 28 years as Professor of Art. Trained as an artist/metalsmith, she received her BFA from the University of Illinois and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her pioneering work in the in the late 1960’s and the 1970’s in photo-fabrication (photo-etching precious and non-precious metal) resulted in articles and workshops where she introduced the processes nationwide to the field of jewelry and metalsmithing.

She writes of her current brooches: “Landscape continues to have a subtle influence on my work. This stems from my childhood on a farm in Illinois where the horizon line was always visible and the texture and color of the land constantly changed with the plantings and seasons. As snow covered the land, only the essence of form remained. I attempt a similar approach to design, rejecting the extraneous and using sterling silver and karat gold sparingly to create shard-like brooches, which feature the beauty of natural stones and crystals. The quartz stones with their linear inclusions of the gold colored natural mineral, rutile, or black tourmaline are reminiscent of blades of grass and stems projecting through ice on a frozen pond. By contrast, the dynamics of the jet-black stones—jasper, jade, petrified palm, evoke the earth and other elements of the land. Each piece evolves from the energy and intrinsic beauty of the stone and intuition.”

A. Education
MFA 1971 Tyler School of Art, Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA
Major: Jewelry and Metalsmithing
BFA 1968 University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Major: Jewelry and Metalsmithing

B. Professional:
1972-2001 Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin, Art Department, Madison, WI
2001 to current: Professor Emerita

C. Work Pictured (Selected)
2007 Ornament as Art, Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Arnoldsche Art Publications
2007 PMC Decade, The First Ten Years of Precious Metal Clay, by Tim McCreight, Brynmorgan Press
2005 The Penland Book of Jewelry, Lark Books
2005 500 Brooches, Lark Books
1998 Dictionnaire International du Bijou, Marguerite de Cerval
1997 Nouvel Objet II, Design House, Seoul, South Korea
1995 Jewelry of Our Time: Art, Ornament and Obsession, by Helen W. Drutt English and Peter Dormer

D. Exhibitions (Selected)
2007-2008 “Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection”, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Art Museum, Washington, DC, The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
2007 “PMC Decade”, An Invitational Exhibition, National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN
2007 “Process: Documented”, Aaron Faber Gallery, NYC and SOFA, Chicago
2007 “Jewelry by Artists, The Daphne Farago Collection”, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2005 “.925+ Ingenuity = Art Jewelry”, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2004 “International Metal Artists” Invitational Exhibition, Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2003 “Jewels and Gems”, Smithsonian American Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

E Permanent Collections (Selected)
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Daphne Farago Collection of Jewelry by Artists, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.