APR. 10 – JUL. 17, 2021
“I am attracted to the challenge of balancing the forging process with machining delicate and precise mechanisms. Through one functional object, I am able to utilize multiple skills and combine my interests in blacksmithing, metalsmithing, engineering, and chemistry. The result is work that is personal, useful, and treasured.”
Andrew Meers is a bladesmith and metalsmith. He received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA) and his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Carbondale, IL). Andrew earned his Master Smith rating from the American Bladesmithing Society and is a recipient of the Society’s B.R. Hughes Award. A former artist-in-residence at the Metal Museum (Memphis, TN) and the Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC), Andrew has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, the New England School of Metalwork (Auburn, ME), and the Touchstone Center for Crafts (Farmington, PA).
Andrew departs from the restraints of conventional knifemaking through his expressive use of design elements such as patterned steel blades, handmade hardware, and forged elements. Exploring themes of self-expression and heritage, Andrew transforms functional objects into offerings of himself.
Derived from the Museum’s location along the Mississippi, as well as from the focus of the exhibition series, Tributaries features artists whose work is beginning to have a significant impact on the metal arts community.
EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Hyde Family Foundations
Tennessee Arts Commission