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Metals Program to host metalsmith and maker SULO BEE

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The Department of Visual Arts, Metalsmith & Jewelry program will be hosting SULO BEE as a visiting artist for a workshop and lecture this coming October, through the support of the Friends of Humanities. The lecture is open to the public. October 9th, Fletcher Hall room 134 5:30pm.

SULO BEE (they/them) is a Trans Non-Binary interdisciplinary metalsmith and maker. They earned their BFA from Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry in 2018 and their MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2022. They have exhibited their work internationally with Heidi Lowe Gallery, Ombre Gallery, GalerieMarzee, Australian Temp/Contemp Gallery, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Gallery 2052, Budapest Jewelry Week, New York City Jewelry Week, and Milan Jewelry Week. They were included in the One for the Future program with NYC Jewelry Week and completed a three-month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center in 2018. In 2020, they participated in an invitational residency, Pentaculum, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft.

SULO is featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Learning Lab highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists, SNAG JaMS, Klimt 02, ARTISTAR Jewels, and Accessory Vanity Fair Magazine. SULO is a co-founder of the Queer Metalsmiths organization where they seek to advocate and uplift voices on the 2SLGBTQIA+ spectrum in the field of craft. They were recently named one of ten artists in the nation for the Emerging Artist Cohort with American Craft Council and awarded the Marzee Graduate Prize at the Marzee International Graduate Show in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

SULO’s work is a response to lived experiences and how they materialize as the fragmented narratives that define their Trans Non-Binary identity. Through iterative processes, automatic drawing, reactive construction, and colorful surface treatments, they balance opposing entities that address the gray area between self and contemporary society. They layer, respond, and transform elements through experimental techniques in metalworking and printmaking — resulting in clarity and a new visual language. The amassing of parts serves as an unorthodox mathematical equation: a queerness of the in-between, a state of equilibrium, a space for balance and belonging.

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