UPSTATE Gallery on Main

Jewelry Edition Volume 5

January 14 – March 28, 2020

Artist Reception: Thursday, January 16, from 5-8 p.m.

UPSTATE Gallery on Main, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce Jewelry Edition Volume 5, recent metalsmithing and sculptural jewelry by six nationally recognized artists along with Jewelry Edition co-founders, Kat Cole and Laura Wood. The exhibition opens on January 14 and runs through March 28, 2020. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, January 16, from 5-8 p.m. during Spartanburg ArtWalk.

Jewelry Edition was created by Kat Cole and Laura Wood in 2012 as a new opportunity for early career artists in the medium of metals and art to wear to gain national exposure. The project has evolved to include a range of makers at varying points in their careers. Begun as a catalyst to give emerging artists more visibility and a means to explore new ways of sharing this art form with a diverse audience, as of 2020 Jewelry Edition has worked with 28 jewelry artists in over 20 different venues. Locations range from the street in Yuma, Arizona, a collaboration with a culinary team in Atlanta, Georgia, a converted bus in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to more formal gallery spaces such as Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and exhibitions at conferences such as the ECU Metals Symposium and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Exhibiting artists in Volume 5 are Kat Cole, Tanya Crane, Taylor King, Megan McGaffigan, Jillian Moore, Amelia Toelke, Aric Verrastro, and Laura Wood.

Contemporary jewelry is simultaneously sculpture, fashion, and science; Jewelry Edition works with artists who merge these areas to make one-of-a-kind wearable artwork. Showcasing jewelry as art form with the ability to enhance and transform daily experience, this work has impact beyond mere functionality and adornment. The Jewelry Edition Volume 5 collection spans materials including silver, resin, vintage tin types, enamel, powder coat, aluminum, and 3D printed technology. Jewelry Edition creates jewelry as art form with the ability to enhance a daily experience. Please direct further inquiries about the work or possible collaborations to:

“I am thrilled to showcase the curated works of Jewelry Edition Volume 5 at our Main Street gallery. As the first exhibit of this kind in Spartanburg, I hope to reach a broader and more diverse audience. Jewelry is no longer limited to grandmother’s broach or solitaire engagement rings. Science and technology are now a main-stream factor of the designer’s studio and contemporary materials create illusions that can boggle the imagination. Please join me in celebrating these artists and their new generation of ideas!”     —Jane Nodine, University Gallery Director

The UPSTATE Gallery on Main is the newest addition of the Upstate Carolina University’s three gallery spaces. Located at 172 E. Main Street in Spartanburg, it is a dedicated art space that presents rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists. The gallery also houses and periodically displays the university’s permanent art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Tworkov, and Beatrice Riese. The gallery is primarily staffed by students as part of an ongoing internship program where they learn how to display, research, and promote the work on exhibit in the gallery. It is open to the public five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) from 12 noon until 5 p.m. More about the UGoM can be found on its Facebook page, UPSTATE Gallery on Main, or by calling Jane Nodine, Gallery Director at (864)-503-5848.


Jane Nodine, Gallery Director
Mark Flowers, Gallery Coordinator
University of South Carolina Upstate
Visual Arts Center 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
P: 864-503-5848
F: 864-503-5835