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Lori Talcott grew up in a family of jewelers and watchmakers. She was taught that one could make anything, and that jewelry is inherently imbued with power and magic. Through the format of jewelry, her work and research engage with contemporary theories on magic, the agency of objects, and the nexus of language and matter. Her performance projects explore the role of jewelry as a rhetorical device, and in this capacity, how it functions as an agent in rituals that negotiate social, temporal, and spiritual boundaries.

 

After her undergraduate studies in art history at Lund University and Washington State University (BA) and metal design at University of Washington (BFA), Talcott worked as an apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway. She later completed her graduate work in visual arts at Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Among other distinctions and awards, Talcott has received two Washington State Artist Trust Fellowships and an Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Talcott is a frequent visiting artist and critic in the United States and Europe, and for the past ten years she has held the position of Guest Lecturer in the graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design. Most recently, Talcott was a visiting assistant professor at University of South-Eastern Norway. 
 

LORI TALCOTT CV

CURRENT

1990-Present   Studio Artist, Seattle, WA

2021   Assistant Professor, Department of Traditional Arts, University of Southern Norway, Rauland, Norway

2009-2022   Guest Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Graduate Program, Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Department, Providence, RI

EDUCATION

2015   MFA, Visual Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier VT

1990   BFA, Metal Design, University of Washington, Seattle WA

1983   BA, Humanities (cum laude), Washington State University, Pullman WA

FURTHER TRAINING

2009   Certificate, Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching + Learning, Brown University, Providence RI

1991-1995   Raulandsakademiet, course work and independent research (Norway)

1991   Apprentice to Master Silversmith, Hilde Nødtvedt (Norway)

1981-1982   University of Lund, course work, Art History (Sweden)

AWARDS & GRANTS

2016   Rhode Island School of Design, Professional Development Fund: Grant

2006   Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission: Fellowship Award

2004   American-Scandinavian Foundation: Fellowship Award

2002   Gerhard Marcks Endowed Distinguished Lecture, Luther College

1997   Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission: Fellowship Award

1995   Artist Trust: Grant for Artists’ Projects

1994   Sons of Norway International: Grant

1992   Sons of Norway International: Grant

American-Scandinavian Foundation: Grant

1991   Norwegian-American Foundations: Grant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022   Similitudes, Portabel Gallery, Oslo, Norway

2015   Homeopathic Objects, Sienna Patti Gallery, Lenox, MA

2002   Arbor Mundi, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Arbor Mundi, Expo Arte Smykkegalleri, Oslo, Norway

1999   New Work, Expo Arte Smykkegalleri, Oslo, Norway

1998   New Work, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

1996   Working Within and Beyond Tradition, Ann Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

New Work, Expo Arte Smykkegalleri, Oslo, Norway

New Works in European Folk Jewelry, Mia Gallery, Seattle, WA

1995   New Work, Expo Arte, Oslo, Norway

1994   Traditions through Time, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA

PERFORMANCES/PROJECTS

(on-going) Conjugation

(on-going) The Hour of Lead

2012   Anchoress

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021   Good Witch | Bad Witch, Museum of Museums, Seattle, WA

2020   When Worn, Melton Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

2019   True Is What Has Been Made, Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Ultramodern Necklace, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018   Discursive, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR

2017   Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Collective, Sienna Patti Gallery, New York, NY

Diptych: Grey and Black, Tracy Steepy and Lori Talcott, Platina, Stockholm, Sweden

2016   Metalmorphosis, BAM Biennial, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Schmuck 68th International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany

2014   Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, Ornamental Metal Museum,

Memphis, TN; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2010   Counterflux, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009   A Concise History of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

RISD   Faculty Biennial, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2006   Metalisms: Signature Works in Jewelry & Metalsmithing, The Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2005   Stemming, Jennifer Dixon and Lori Talcott, Souvenir, Seattle, WA

2003   Jewels and Gems, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Courtship and Marriage: The Folk Art of Norway, Ethnographic Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Big Little: Jewelers and Sculptors Making it in Metal, Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

SOFA Chicago, Hibbert McGrath Gallery, Chicago Il

2001   Winter Light, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Under the Influence: Contemporary Jewelry and Ethnographic Objects, Tacoma Art, Museum, Tacoma, WA

1998   Torch Songs: 50 Years of Northwest Jewelry, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

1995   SOFA, Chicago: Northwest Metalsmiths, Mia Gallery, Chicago IL

1994   Ring-Ear-Ring, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

King County Arts Commissions, Seattle, WA

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Rotasa Foundation Collection Trust

Susan Beach Contemporary Jewelry Collection

Rhode Island School of Design

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021   Lambert, Matthew. “With Jewelry: We Can Turn Down The Volume,” Klimt02, 3/12/21

Benesh, Patrick R. Pacific Northwest Community, Ornament Magazine, Print Edition, Vol. 422

Eckert, Lauren. “The Jewelry of Gods and Magic,” Metalsmith Magazine, Vol.41, No.2.

Frank, Rebekah. “Angela Hennessy: The Presence of Absence,” Art Jewelry Forum, 5/17/21.

Sehmsdorf, Henning. Continuity of Norwegian Tradition in the Pacific Northwest, pp. 65-69.

Gillis, Brian, Ed. Catalytic Conversation: Craft and the Hyperobject. Center for Art Research, Eugene, OR

2019   Rios, Maria Jimena, Ed. True is what has been made, exhibition catalogue, pp. 100-101.

2018   Gillis, Brian, Ed. Discursive, exhibition catalogue, pp. 132-141. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,

Eugene, OR

2017   Art Jewelry Forum, “Diptych: Gray and Black,” Interview with Dr. Sandra Wilson,

https://artjewelryforum.org/tracy-steepy-and-lori-talcott

2016   Current Obsession Magazine, “Studio Visits,” vol. 3, pp.3-4.

Schmuck 2016, Catalogue, p.70.

2014   Ramljak, Suzanne. On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, p. 30.

2013   Margaret Bullock & Rock Hushka. Best of the Northwest: Selected Works from Tacoma Art Museum,

pp. 137, 235.

2011   Wicker, Nancy, “The Four Smiths’ and the Replication of Bracteate Techniques,” in Det 61.

Internationale Sachsensymposion 2010, edited by Linda Boye, et al., pp.33-34, Neumünster: Wachholtz.

Martha Le Van, ed. 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series, Lark Books, p.153.

2006   Bjørn-Sverre Hol Haugen (Editor). Norsk Bunadleksikon: Draktsmykker (Norwegian Folk Costume Encyclopedia:

Traditional Silver), Dammer & Son, Volume 1, p.119.

2004   Metalsmith Magazine, “Exhibition in Print,” vol. 24, no. 4, p.43.

Martha Le Van, ed. 1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, Lark Books, pp.7, 29, 102, 194.

2003   Mathew Kangas. “Lori Talcott: Tradition and Innovation,” Craft, Korea, No. 19, pp.22-24.

Mathew Kangas. “Lori Talcott: Arbor Mundi,” exhibition review, Metalsmith, Summer, p.52.

Mija Riedel. “Art as the Blueprint: In the Seattle Home of Sharon and Craig Campbell,” American Craft

August/September, p.49.

SOFA Chicago 2003: Celebrating 10 Years, Chicago, p.93.

2002   Reinhold Ziegler. “Kontemporære Relikvieskrin,” Gullsmedkunst, May, pp.8-9.

Jinks McGrath. The Rings Book, London: A&C Black Publishers Ltd., p.114.

Arts and Antiques: 100 Top Treasure, Gallery Watch, November, p.44.

Jewelry Arts Lapidary Journal, “Facets,” Vol. 56, No. 8, p.12.

1999   Anne Eriksdatter Bye. “Søljene fra Seattle,” Norsk Husflid, Spring, pp.68-70.

Tim McCreight. The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets, cover, p.67.

1997   Robin Updike. “Beyond Fashion: The Evocative Art of Jewelry,” Seattle Times Pacific Magazine, December 1, p.32.

Dana Standish. “As Large as Life: The Works of Lori Talcott,” Metalsmith, Summer, pp.36-39.

Robin Updike. “Lori Talcott,” Ornament Magazine, Summer, pp.40-43.

Eva Aalnes Holte. “Norsk Bunadsølv i Washington,” Gullsmedkunst, April, p.22.

Robin Updike. “Scandinavian Motifs,” Seattle Times, February, E1&2.

1995   Bodil Fuhr. “For Henne er Sølv Godt som Gull,” Aftenposten, April 23, p.30.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

2021   Assistant Professor, Traditional Arts, University of South-Eastern Norway, Rauland, Norway

2009-2020   Guest Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Graduate Program, Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Department, Providence, RI

2021   Guest Lecturer, University of Oregon, Department of Art: Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Eugene, OR

Guest Lecturer, Cranbrook Academy of Art + Taller Eloi, Bloomfield Hills, MI + Buenos Aires, Argentina

2018   Guest Lecturer, University College of South-Eastern Norway, Traditional Arts, Rauland, Norway

2010   Guest Lecturer (sabbatical replacement), University of Oregon, Department of Art:

Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Eugene, OR

2008   Guest Lecturer (sabbatical replacement), Rhode Island School of Design, Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Department, Providence, RI

Guest Lecturer (sabbatical replacement), University of Washington, Department of Art: Metal Design,

Seattle, WA

1995-2006   Instructor, summer workshops, Raulandsakademiet (Norway)

1989-1993   Instructor, beginning + intermediate Jewelry, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS + PAPERS (selected)

2018   “Indices and Incantations,” Material Topics Symposium, Capstone Speaker, East Carolina University,

Greenville, NC

2017   “Norskdraktsølv i et historisk perspektiv” Keynote Speaker: Institut for bunad og folkedrakt

Conference, Fagernes, Norway

2014   “What will you take into the dark?” Plenary Speaker: Seattle Metals Guild Symposium, Tacoma, WA

2011   “Knowing the Largest Thing through the Smallest Thing,” Plenary Speaker: Society of North American

Goldsmiths, Seattle, WA

2010   From What to Why: Effectively Integrating Studio Practice, Theory, and History,” Presenter: Educational

Dialogue, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Houston, TX

2009   “The Norwegian Bolesølje: A Microcosm of Medieval Aesthetics and Beliefs,” Paper:

“Jewelry, Clothing, and Adornment in Iron Age and Medieval Scandinavia,” Society for the Advancement of

Scandinavian Study, Interdisciplinary Pre-Conference, Seattle, WA

“The Norwegian Bolesølje: A Microcosm of Medieval Aesthetics and Beliefs,” Paper:

Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Madison, WI

2007   “The Continuum of Craft,” Plenary Speaker: Nordic Craft Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland

2006   “Contextualizing Scandinavian Folk Jewelry,” Plenary Speaker, Nordisk Draktseminar, Reykjavik, Iceland

2005   “Brisinga men: Simulacrum, Myth and Metaphor,” Paper: Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian

Study, Redondo Beach, CA

2003   “Arbor Mundi: Form, Myth and Metaphor,” Paper: Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study,

Minneapolis, MN

1998   “Working Within and Beyond Tradition,” Paper: Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian

Study, Tempe, AZ

1997   “Norwegian Folk Jewelry,” Plenary Speaker: Society of North American Goldsmiths, Seattle, WA

SELECTED VISITING ARTIST LECTURES, SEMINARS & RESIDENCIES

2021   “Indices and Incantations,” Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway

2020   “Craft’s Hyperobjectivity,” Seminar/Think Tank, Center for Art Research, University of Oregon,

Eugene, OR

“Indices and Incantations,” North Seattle College, Seattle, WA

2019   “Indices and Incantations,” Ann Orr Morris Memorial Fund Lecture, University of Georgia,

Athens, GA

2018   “Working Within and Beyond Tradition,” University of South-Eastern Norway, Rauland, Norway

“Indices and Incantations,” Artist Now! Public Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, IL

“Toward a Poetics of Jewelry,” Graduate Seminar + Critiques, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,

IL

2017   “Toward a Poetics of Jewelry,” Graduate Seminar + Critiques, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

“Homeopathic Objects,” Lecture, Visiting Artist Colloquium; Graduate Critiques, Department of Art,

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2016   University of Oregon Summer Craft Forum, Residency, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

“Diptych: Grey and Black, Lecture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia