DATES: MAY 5 – 8, 2021

Transitions Conference, May 5-8, 2021
This spring, the Metal Museum is hosting its first virtual conference for metal artists. Over the course of four days, attendees will experience studio visits, demonstrations, artist talks, and workshops that explore the 2021 conference theme: Transitions.


The 2021 Transitions Conference explores the idea of the spaces in-between. Our communities have demonstrated the ability to transition and adapt in new and unanticipated ways is essential to our growth as individuals, as artists, and as a society. As the guiding theme for the 2021 conference, we will reflect on our own personal journeys, career growth, observations and trends of the metalsmithing field, impacts of the past year, and technical exercises in metal. We invite you to join us as we explore the ways that people flow from one stage to another and how these in-between spaces and practices shape our work, our careers, and the future of the field.


Wednesday, May 5

12PM CST Lunchtime Talk: You Get a Grant, and You Get a Grant! Building Successful Grant Proposals with Tracy Lauritzen-Wright 6PM CST Creating Connections | A Virtual Mixer

Thursday, May 6

11:30AM CST Lunchtime Talk: 10 Things to do before You Open a Business in Tennessee with Matt Patrick 6PM CST Transition Through Process with Sherri Jaudés 7PM CST Transformational Transitions with Lisa Geertsen

Friday, May 7

12PM CST Lunchtime Talk: Estate Planning and Transition of Wealth with Patrick O'Connor 6PM CST Skin Deep: Explorations of A Metalsmith with Joe Muench 7PM CST When the Heat Builds with Desmond Lewis

Saturday, May 8

12PM CST Expanding Your Practice with Heiner Zimmermann 1PM CST Turning Sheet Copper Into Intricate Shapes with Catherine Grisez 2PM CST The Making of A Metal Mosasaur with James Vanderpool and Jim Masterson 3PM CST Metal Engraving with James Ehlers 4PM CST We Wield the Hammer Presentation with Karen Smith 5PM CST Happy Hour

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Registration fees not only cover the fees associated with presenting the conference, but also support the Metal Museum’s educational programming which includes program facilitation costs, providing artist compensation, and free virtual public programming.


*Includes access to all the live sessions and recordings.


In effort to be as accessible as possible, the Museum is offering the opportunity for financial assistance for those who cannot afford the full cost of registration. Please submit the form below to be considered for financial assistance. Upon approval, you will be sent a unique link for conference registration.


There are many ways for you to help make the 2021 Transitions Conference a success!

Sponsors help present conference programming such as demonstrations, lectures, and studio visits. In addition, sponsors and individual donations help provide financial assistance for artists in need and keep all Metal Museum programming accessible.


The Museum is grateful for the generosity of these Corporate Sponsors. To learn more or to become a Corporate Sponsor, please email Frances Tortorich at

For more information about the Transitions Conference, please email Lori Gipson at or call (901) 774-6380