TRIBUTARIES: JILL BAKER GOWER | REFLECTION
APR. 14 - JUN. 30, 2019
I aim for my work to be both beautiful and playful and at times even absurd or humorous; it addresses my own repulsion, frustration, and at the same time attraction to gender based expectations.
-Jill Baker Gower
Jill Baker Gower creates jewelry and sculpture informed by her female experience and our consumer culture’s portrayal of women’s needs and desires. While primarily a metalsmith, Jill incorporates materials such as skin-toned rubber and mirrors to reference the human body, self-examination, and vanity. Other materials such as pearls, gems, feathers, enamel, hair, silver and gold are chosen for their aesthetic qualities, emotional resonance, preciousness, and value associations.
Jill Baker Gower is a metalsmith, jeweler, and educator who recently relocated to Madison, WI. Prior to moving, Jill resided in southern New Jersey where she was an Associate Professor of Art at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ for eleven years. She is originally from the Chicago area, received her BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University. Jill’s work has been in many juried and curated exhibitions nationwide and has been published in Metalsmith magazine and books such as 500 Enameled Objects, CAST, and Little Dreams in Glass and Metals: Enameling in America 1920 to the Present. Jill is a former resident artist of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Jill was a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2015).
Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Sunday, APR. 14, 2019, 3PM - 5PM
Artist Talk begins at 4PM
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