A Life of Iron
MacArthur Fellowship Award-winning designer, artist and blacksmith Tom Joyce will illustrate his design process and share the stories behind his works at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6. A casual reception will follow.
Tom Joyce is a globally recognized artist, designer, and blacksmith, who since 1977 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has forged sculpture, architectural ironwork and public art for projects throughout the United States. Joyce infuses many of these works with meaning by celebrating the inherited histories represented by the material he uses. In both public and private commissions, he encourages community members to participate in the making process by donating ferrous materials discarded in and collected from the landscape or particular iron objects that hold significance to the owner. From the Rio Grande Gates, forged from refuse retrieved from the river for the Albuquerque Museum of Art, to massive iron sculptures forged from industrial scrap, Joyce continues to re-examine the social, political, economic and historical implications of using iron in his work.
For over 30 years he has freely shared his design concepts and working knowledge with students through high school and college level internships, formal apprenticeships and currently, free classes for New Mexico youth. Through lectures presented most recently in Ireland, England, Belgium, Italy, Finland, South Africa, Estonia and a steady stream of venues in the United States and Canada, Joyce shares his philosophy with others.
His work is in many public collections and has been exhibited in numerous museums, here and abroad, among them: the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis and Detroit Institutes of Art; Boston Museum of Fine Art; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow, Russia and Musee Des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France. In 2003, Joyce was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
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