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The Art of the Feminine and Bicycle Frames – RU Alum Carrie Metheny to Exhibit at Gallery 205

Carrie Metheny welding a bike frame

Carrie Metheny welding a bike frame (photo courtesty of the artist)

It appears that she is building a bicycle. It is certainly the titanium frame of one that takes form through the metalsmithing skills of artist Carrie Metheny. But it is more than this. Her art is a representation the female form in nature.

Metheny’s bicycle frame and several sculptures are on now exhibit in Radford University Art Museum’s Gallery 205.

“I have fallen in love with bicycle frame building. I love being able to create a piece of artwork that I can express my femininity in the beauty of the frame itself as well as expressing my love for metal,” says this RU alumnae.

Metheny, who graduated Magna Cum Laud from RU in May 2009, received her BFA with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry. While at RU, visiting metalsmith artist Kee-ho Yuen encouraged her to apply to the University of Iowa where she was accepted and given a fellowship.

Yet it is RU associate professor Alison Pack that Metheny credits as as her biggest influence, “Alison is the most outstanding teacher I have ever had. If she had not encouraged me to pursue a career in metalsmithing and jewelry I would not be where I am today.”

Today Metheny works in jewelry production and design for John C Nordt, a jewelry manufacturer and supplier of precious metal products to the jewelry industry. The company is located in Roanoke, Va.

Jeffery B. Snyder for Shiffer Publishing has included her art in “Jewelry Today 3” and she was a Niche Magazine Awards Finalist in 2010 and 2011. While at the University of Iowa, she twice received second place in the Sam Gassman Award Competition.

In her Gallery 205 exhibit, Metheny says, “This exhibit is a accumulation of different processes of working with metal. I challenge myself to learn something new with ever piece I make. When I attended Radford my work incorporated the female form and armor. I stepped away from the female form and worked with nature inspired themes for my first year at the University of Iowa. I eventually came back to the female form and this exhibit shows a combination of nature and female forms.”

“Beyond the Tartan: Carrie Metheny” will be on display in Gallery 205 at Porterfield Hall from Feb. 10-March 28. There will be an opening reception Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information about this or other exhibits in the RU Art Museum system, please visit www.radford.edu/rumuseum or call (540) 831-5754.

Feb 18, 2014

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