Resident ArtistsThe Metal Museum has several full-time artists on staff, as well as artists-in-residence living and working on site. Artists complete large-scale commissions for the Museum, as well as private commissions and artwork for exhibition.
Kevin BurgeOriginally from Springfield, Missouri, Kevin graduated from Missouri State University in 2006. In addition to making jewelry, silverware, and other fine metalwork, he currently heads our Conservation Lab. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Arts Memphis and Missouri State University.
Michael Leo ChmieleskiMichael Chmielewski received his BFA in Computer Animation with a Minor in Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design, and holds his MFA in Metals/Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Michael's work focuses on creating kinetic, interactive mechanical sculptures that lightheartedly consider the juxtaposition of historical techniques and contemporary materials such as forged steel and foams. Michael spent last Fall at Penland school of crafts as the interim iron coordinator and the past year as an adjunct instructor teaching machining classes at Appalachian state university in Boone NC. Michael's plans for his apprenticeship include creating a new body of work on a smaller scale with considerations toward mechanical installations.
Jim MastersonJim Masterson received his Master of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1994. He began working at the Metal Museum in 2000, and is currently our Shop Foreman. In 2012 he taught a Public Sculpture class at Penland. His work is nationally collected and exhibited.
Jeannie Tomlinson SaltmarshJeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh is a Memphis native. As the daughter of an architect, her interest and love of the arts began at an early age. A University of Memphis graduate, she also attended the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, as well as courses in blacksmithing, welding and metal casting. She discovered the Metal Museum and like most desired to spend more time there. With hard work and determination, that desire is now a reality in the Artist in Residence Program. She has experience in both the smithy and the foundry and has plans to grow, create and play in both.