DEC. 13, 2020 – MAR. 7, 2021
“Simplistic yet descriptive, stainless granulation is a way for me to recognize craft history while reflecting on the complexity of systems that surround me.”
Ben Dory is an artist and metalsmith originally from Kansas City, KS. Dory received his BFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry from the University of Kansas and his MFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014. While maintaining his studio practice, Ben explored various disciplines in the arts, including technician work, product design, nonprofit programming, research, and workshop instruction. His latest body of work pays homage to traditional granulation, an ancient and intricate technique of fusing primarily gold spheres. Always with an air of mystery, granulated objects convey the ongoing power of repeated minutiae: the captivating (and useful) qualities of pattern and patterning.
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.
ONGOING EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Hyde Family Foundations
ONGOING OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
Tennessee Arts Commission