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Calgary / Canada

Born in 1982

Lyndsay Rice received an MFA from the University of Oregon in 2012 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2006. Rice was recently featured in the Art Jewelry Forum for her new body of work False Plumage.  Her work will be exhibited at the Racine Art Museum this spring in an exhibition of contemporary Baroque-style Art. Currently, she is working on curatorial projects such as EMBODIED and was recently awarded an Emerging Curator Grant, from the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including recent shows at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Alliages in Lille, France and the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon.

Artist statement 

As a contemporary art jeweler, my work demonstrates a continued interest in ornamentation, structure, texture, and color as bionic amplification for the body.  I create forms that operate as both signifiers and ornaments, investigating the parallels between plumage and badges, status, sexuality, and honor. 

Using forms of communication both in the natural world and in societal structures, I amplify, hybridize, and alter militaristic badges and bird plumage to create a new language. In the natural world, red is the color of warning or symmetry; its relationship to poison, or the iridescence of a skin’s surface, exists as an optical trick to confuse a predator. In military outfitting, colors also signify status: purple for honor, or green representing saving a life in the field. Recreating natural and military patterning through both the haptic (piercing) and digital (laser cutting) means allows me to seamlessly incorporate various types of materials, such as plastics, leather, paper, and metal in my multilayered forms. These structures interact with the body and bring the visual languages of both the digital and natural worlds to life. While my forms may vary depending on site, all retain the themes of ornament, pattern, and signification of color. Through my process and materiality, I create works that illustrate how the body can be consumed by the languages and expressions of ornamentation.



Art Galleries


    • University of Oregon.M.F.A. Jewelry and Metalsmithing.
    • University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.B.F.A Jewelry and Metalsmithing.
    • “Flora…and some Fauna,” ThBaltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, Maryland. 
    • “JOYA Barcelona,”Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain. 
    • BAM Biennial: MetalMORPHOSIS,” Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington.  
    • “Go For Baroque,” Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin.  
    • “Shadow Themes; Finding the Present in the Past,” Reinstein/Ross Gallery, New York.  
    • “True Blue,” The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, Maryland.  
    • “Impressions 2016, The Permanent,” Alliages, Lille, France  
    • “Touch: Interactive Craft,” Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 
    • “Chromatic Embellishment,” Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.  
    • “Art Jewelry: New Voices,” Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Massachusetts.  
    • “Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art,” Woman Space, Chicago Illinois.  
    • “Color Construction,” Heidi Lowe: The Jewelry Studio, Rehoboth, Delaware.  
    • “The Interior of Desire,” Umpqua Valley Art Center, Roseburg Oregon.
    • “Annual Lecturer Exhibition,” The Lofts gallery, Madison, Wisconsin. 
    • “Aposematic Appropriations,” Museum of Contemporary, Craft, Portland, Oregon. 
    • “Earring Galore,” Heidi Lowe: The Jewelry Studio, Rehoboth, Delaware.
    • “Multiples Show,” Heidi Lowe: The Jewelry Studio, Rehoboth, Delaware. 2013 
    • “Coated” The StudioBrooklyn New York. 
    • “Alumni Show,” Union Gallery, UWM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2012 
    • “Aposematic Appropriation,” Disjecta, Portland, Oregon.
    • “20_3_20,” Metals Department, The University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia.
    • Girls Show,” LaVerne Krause Gallery, University of Oregon.  
    • “Mapping Space,” La Verne Krause Gallery, University of Oregon.
    • “The Earring Show,” Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco California.  
    • “500 Earrings Show,” Facere Jewelry Gallery, Seattle Washington.
    • BFA Scholarship Show,” INOVA Gallery III, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • “Metals Student Show” Union Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
    • “Uniquely Multiplied,” Magpie Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
    • “Multiples Show,” Heidi Lowe: The Jewelry Studio, Rehoboth, Delaware.  
    • “Aw– Snap,” BFA Thesis Show, Inside Out Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
    • “Metals!” Juried Student Exhibit, Nohl Gallery, UWM Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • “Hey These Things Just Snap Right Off,” Midwest Metal, St. Louis, Missouri. 
    • “Milwaukee Public Museum Pearl Exhibit,” Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • “Metals!” Juried Student Exhibit, Nohl Gallery, UWM Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • Department of Visual Arts Show,” Union Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • “Idyllwild Arts Teacher Assistantship Show,” Idyllwild, California.
    • “Crossing Over 2005,” Union Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • “Metals!”  Juried Student Exhibit, Mary Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • Critique Panel, Zoom Conference, Milwaukee WI.
      Professional Service
    • Educators Dialogue, Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference.
      Professional Service
    • Society of North American Goldsmiths.
      Professional Service
    • Studio Technician.
      University of Oregon Metalsmithing Studio. Eugene, Oregon.
      Maintain studio tools and supplies kept the studio running properly, and manage work-studies.
    • Art’s & Culture Program Coordinator.
      Oregon Supported Living Program. Eugene, Oregon.

      Organize courses equipment and development of the arts and cultural program an arts program for adults with developmental disabilities.

    • Gallery Director.
      LaVerne Krause Gallery. Eugene, Oregon.
      Manage work studies, operate the gallery space, and facilitate interns: informational web and print productions, organize gallery shows, maintain supplies, and manage weekly gallery operations.
    • Studio Assistant.
      Anya Kivarkis. Eugene, Oregon. 

      Created studio work out of Sterling silver upon request
    • Gallery Sales Associate.
      Pistachios Jewelry Gallery. Chicago, Illinois. 

      Specialized in and consumer service, designed and installed window displays, maintained visual standards of inventory, communicated with customers about the objects within the gallery.

    • Jewelry Program Coordinator.
      Idyllwild Arts. Idyllwild, California.

      Oversaw operation of Native arts jewelry studio, organized and facilitated jewelry sales during gallery openings, Co- instructed educational programs about native arts and trade, facilitated the first Metals Week Program.
    • Productions Assistant.
      Ten Thousand Things. New York, New York.
      Created visual displays, assisted customers with high ticket purchases, organized repair schedule, fabricated jewelry, inventoried production components, facilitated studio maintenance and problem solved production methods.
    • Visiting Artist University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
    • Visiting Artist University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • Visiting Artist Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
    • Visiting Artist State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York.
    • Visitng Artist University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
    • Lecture University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.
    • Visiting Artist San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
    • Assistant Professor. Department of Art in Jewelry & Metalsmithing | Alberta College of Art and Design. Calgary, Alberta |  Jewellery and Metals 1, Color: Advanced Studio.
    • Visiting Assistant Professor | Department of Art in Jewelry & Metalsmithing | Earlham College. Richmond, Indiana | Art Metals 1, Color: On Metal, The Necklace & Digital Craft.
    • Visiting Lecturer | Department of Art in Jewelry & Metalsmithing | University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin | Graduate Seminar, Art Metals 1, Production.
    • Visiting Assistant Professor. Department of Art in Jewelry & Metalsmithing.University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon.
      Casting, Production. Introduction to Metalsmithing.
    • Alternative Materials | University of Oregon Craft Center. Eugene, Oregon.
    • Stone Setting | University of Oregon Craft Center. Eugene, Oregon.
    • Foundations of Fabrication. Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild California.
    • Teaching Assistant, Making Like Midas.Penland School of Craft, Penland North Carolina.
    • Pentaculum” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.