Tom Muir

Tom Muir


Tom Muir to discuss the ancient art and science of metal vessels

The University community will have an opportunity to hear one of the country’s foremost practitioners of metalsmithing when Tom Muir discusses his work Thursday (Feb. 9).

Muir, Distinguished Professor of the Arts and head of the jewelry and metalsmithing department in the School of Art, will speak on “The Birth of Containment: Ceremony, Ornament and the Vessels of Tom Muir” as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. His 4 p.m. talk in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union is free and open to the public.

A renowned metalsmith who has worked in gold for more than 20 years, Muir has participated in more than 300 exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His pieces have been purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian. In 1993, his work was chosen for the White House Collection of American Crafts holiday exhibit, and a piece from his “Changing Hand” series was included in a major 2003 exhibition of German and American art.

His work has also been shown at the Chicago Athenaeum and the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) in New York, and is included in “The Art of Gold,” a three-year traveling exhibition mounted by the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, Calif.

One of the foremost artists working in hollowware, Muir has received attention in several books and journals such as Metalsmith, American Craft and Craft Art.
February 6, 2006