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MAY 27 - SEP. 9, 2018

Keeler Gallery

Venetia Dale uses pewter as her primary medium. She describes her process as “kitchen stovetop casting,” as the material’s low melting point allows for accessible, no-fuss making. Her studio is at home, and although she does not cook where she makes art, she is able to create her molds, cast and solder in her basement studio. Venetia’s interest in how things are made and our relationship to these things has driven her to use repetition of forms; mold making and casting are an exercise in economies of scale and form building, as cast parts become whole. Venetia uses pewter’s rich history in objects of use in Colonial America as well as contemporary kitsch souvenirs to question how we understand ourselves and our things in place and time.

Venetia Dale is a metalsmith and sculptor whose work explores shifts in utility, mobility and exchange between people, places and things. Venetia received her MFA from the State University of New York, New Paltz, NY in 2009 and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Venetia is exhibiting work this summer at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has recently shown work at Proof Gallery and Gallery Kayafas, both in Boston, MA, and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA. Venetia completed an artist residency at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR in 2010 and an art and industry residency at the Kohler Company in Sheboygan, WI in 2013. She resides in Boston, MA where she maintains a studio practice and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Opening Reception & Artist Talk 

Sunday, MAY 27, 2018  4PM - 6PM

Keeler GallerY

Artist Talk begins at 5PM

All photographs courtesy of Venetia Dale

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

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