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Bracelet

Artist:
Alma Eikerman, born Pratt, KS 1908-died Bloomington, IN 1995  Search this
Medium:
sterling silver and red brass
Dimensions:
4 1/4 x 4 3/8 x 1 in. (10.8 x 11.1 x 2.5 cm.)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1980
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
Object number:
1992.93.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk729c8f9db-c6e6-437b-80df-049b7653156b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1992.93.2

Balanced Bowl

Artist:
Alma Eikerman, born Pratt, KS 1908-died Bloomington, IN 1995  Search this
Medium:
sterling silver and red brass
Dimensions:
overall: 7 x 7 1/4 in. (17.8 x 18.5 cm) diam.
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1974
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
Object number:
1992.93.1A-B
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7dc5edea4-038b-4b1f-93c5-79f1c577a522
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1992.93.1A-B

Eikerman, Alma

Collection Creator:
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
1968-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Nordness business records and papers, circa 1931-1992, bulk 1954-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lee Nordness business records and papers
Lee Nordness business records and papers / Series 1: Nordness Gallery, Inc. and Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc. / 1.2: Artist's Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ca1b3ada-b0d3-4ecd-856b-bb78cbdbc46d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-nordlee-ref337

Oral history interview with Mary Merkel-Hess, 2010 August 24-25

Interviewee:
Merkel-Hess, Mary, 1949-  Search this
Merkel-Hess, Mary, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Barrett, Tim, (Papermaker)  Search this
Choo, Chunghi  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Grotta, Thomas  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Seppä, Heikki  Search this
Browngrotta Arts (Gallery)  Search this
Marquette University  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of Wisconsin--Madison  Search this
Santa Fe Armory Show (1977 : Santa Fe, N.M.)  Search this
SOFA West Santa Fe  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Metalsmithing  Search this
Papermaking  Search this
Philosophy  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15895
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)296002
AAA_collcode_merkel10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_296002
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Mary Lee Hu, 2009 March 18-19

Interviewee:
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Baldridge, Mark S.  Search this
Choo, Chunghi  Search this
Christensen, Hans  Search this
Dingeldein, Otto  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Farafol, Daphne  Search this
Fenster, Fred  Search this
Fike, Phillip G.  Search this
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Ho, Ron  Search this
Kidman, Hero  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent)  Search this
Marshall, John  Search this
Matsukata, Miye  Search this
Matzdorf, Kurt  Search this
McMurray, James  Search this
Moty, Eleanor  Search this
Noffke, Gary  Search this
Pujol, Eleanor  Search this
Seppä, Heikki  Search this
Turner, Gary  Search this
Warashina, Patti  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
Cleveland Institute of Art  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Lawrence Arts Center  Search this
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale  Search this
University of Washington  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Afghanistan -- Description and travel
Australia -- description and travel
China -- description and travel
Indonesia -- description and travel
Iran -- description and travel
Nepal -- description and travel
Ohio -- Description and travel
Papua New Guinea -- Description and travel
Tibet (China) -- Description and travel
Turkey -- description and travel
Topic:
Body adornment  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Jewelry making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Jewelry making -- Technique  Search this
Metal-workers -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15659
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282415
AAA_collcode_hu09
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282415
Online Media:

Symposium session C3 from "American metalsmithing and jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s"

Subject:
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Husted-Andersen, Adda  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Type:
Videorecording
Date:
1982 September
Topic:
Art metal workers  Search this
Jewelry makers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20339
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American metalsmithing and jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s symposium records, 1979-1983
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20339

American metalsmithing and jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s symposium records, 1979-1983

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Adler, Allan  Search this
Baldridge, Mark S.  Search this
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis)  Search this
Cardinale, Robert L.  Search this
Christensen, Hans  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Husted-Andersen, Adda  Search this
Miller, Frederick A.  Search this
Miller, John Paul  Search this
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes)  Search this
Penington, Ruth  Search this
Prip, John  Search this
Pulos, Arthur J.  Search this
Smith, Carlyle H.  Search this
Thomas, Richard C.  Search this
Vierthaler, Arthur A.  Search this
Von Neumann, Robert  Search this
Winston, Robert  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver  Search this
American metalsmithing and jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s (1982 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Art metal-work -- United States  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related  Search this
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214294
AAA_collcode_renwgall
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Art Theory and Historiography
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214294

Oral history interview with Mary Merkel-Hess

Interviewee:
Merkel-Hess, Mary  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Browngrotta Arts (Gallery)  Search this
Marquette University -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
SOFA West Santa Fe  Search this
Santa Fe Armory Show (1977 : Santa Fe, N.M.)  Search this
University of Wisconsin--Madison -- Students  Search this
Barrett, Tim, (Papermaker)  Search this
Choo, Chunghi  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Grotta, Thomas  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Seppä, Heikki  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (4 hr., 11 min.), digital, wav)
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Date:
2010 August 24-25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Mary Merkel-Hess conducted 2010 August 24 and 25, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Merkel-Hess' home, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Mary Merkel-Hess speaks of growing up in the rural Midwest; deciding pursue an artistic career; studying philosophy at Marquette University and earning an MFA the University of Wisconsin-Madison; becoming part of the art community in Iowa City; beginning her artistic career in metalsmithing and later transitioning into fiber mediums; using basketry and papermaking methods along with a variety of materials to devise original techniques; the role of light, balance, juxtaposition in her fiber sculptures; working from both natural and human impacted landscapes; traveling extensively through Europe and Japan; attending the Armory Show and SOFA Santa Fe; interacting with galleries such as Browngrotta Art Gallery and Olson-Larsen Galleries; completing public and residential commissions; supporting herself through the sale of her work. Mary Merkel-Hess also recalls Chungi Choo, Heikki Seppä, Tim Barrett, Alma Eikerman, Shereen LaPlantz, Jack Lenor Larsen, Tom Grotta, Marlene Olson, Wendy Haas, Katie Gingrass and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Merkel-Hess (1949-) is fiber artist in Iowa City, Iowa. Mija Riedel (1958-) is an independent scholar and writer in San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr.,11 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Fiber artists -- Iowa City -- Iowa  Search this
Sculptors -- Iowa City -- Iowa  Search this
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Metalsmithing  Search this
Papermaking  Search this
Philosophy  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.merkel10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c1f1defe-8cd9-4137-a8dd-0c36227cdb0e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-merkel10
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Mary Lee Hu

Interviewee:
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
Cleveland Institute of Art -- Students  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students  Search this
Lawrence Arts Center  Search this
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale -- Students  Search this
University of Washington -- Faculty  Search this
Baldridge, Mark S., 1946-  Search this
Choo, Chunghi  Search this
Christensen, Hans, 1924-1983  Search this
Dingeldein, Otto  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Farafol, Daphne  Search this
Fenster, Fred, 1934-  Search this
Fike, Phillip G., 1927-1997  Search this
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Ho, Ron  Search this
Kidman, Hero  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Marshall, John, 1936-  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matzdorf, Kurt  Search this
McMurray, James  Search this
Moty, Eleanor  Search this
Noffke, Gary  Search this
Pujol, Eleanor  Search this
Seppä, Heikki  Search this
Turner, Gary  Search this
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Extent:
8 Items (Sound recording: 8 wav files (5 hr., 42 min.), digital)
163 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Afghanistan -- Description and Travel
Australia -- Description and Travel
China -- Description and Travel
Indonesia -- Description and Travel
Iran -- Description and Travel
Nepal -- Description and Travel
Ohio -- Description and Travel
Papua New Guinea -- Description and Travel
Tibet (China) -- Description and Travel
Turkey -- description and travel
Date:
2009 March 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Mary Lee Hu conducted 2009 March 18-19, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Hu's home and studio, in Seattle, Washington.
Hu speaks of growing up outside Cleveland, Ohio; her early interest in making objects; attending the Lawrence Art Center camp in Kansas at the age of 16 where she first experimented with metals; her like of working with tools in order to create something; taking metal smith classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art during high school; attending Miami University in Ohio for two years followed by two years an Cranbrook Academy of Art; working as a TA with L. Brent Kington at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; her collaborative work in both textiles and metals while at Carbondale which lead to her first experimentation in weaving silver wire; creating a body of work for her Master's thesis in which all the pieces were woven wire; various works, their origins, when, where and why they were created, including her Neckpiece, Choker, Bracelet, Brooch and Ring series; her aesthetic interest in patterns, line and positive/negative space; a limited interest in and use of color in her work; the transition from silver to gold wire; a progressively larger interest in the history of jewelry and body adornment which eventually became a lecture at the University of Washington, where she taught for 26 years; numerous trips around the world to countries such as China, Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia; a strong interest in ethnic and native jewelry/body adornment practices; the various purposes which jewelry can serve in society; her involvement with the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the American Craft Council; her technique based teaching practices; the role that modern technology plays in teaching, learning, and making jewelry; the lack of support and funds for metals programs in universities around the country; her library, which includes aver 2,000 books about the history of jewelry and body adornment; her collection of jewelry from around the world; her want to create beautiful and functional jewelry; the public and private aspects to jewelry and it's role in museums; current projects and the importance to maintain interest of metals in younger generations. Hu also recalls Gary Turner, Hans Christensen, Otto Dingeldein, Heikki Seppä, Hero Kielman, Phil Fike, Patti Warashina, Gary Noffke, Elliott Pujol, Chonghi Choo, Daphne Farafo, Vicki Halper, Ron Ho, Miye Matsukata, Alma Eikermann, Mark Baldridge, Kurt Matzdorf, Eleanor Moty, Fred Fenster, John Marshall, James McMurray, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Lee Hu (1943- ) is a metalsmith in Seattle, Washington. Smith was educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Southern Illinois University. She teaches at the University of Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 43 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Body adornment  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Jewelry making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Jewelry making -- Technique  Search this
Metal-workers -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.hu09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a23bb6bc-66a5-4900-9a0f-031b4e2ab83d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hu09
Online Media:

American metalsmithing and jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s symposium records

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Names:
American metalsmithing and jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s (1982 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Adler, Allan  Search this
Baldridge, Mark S., 1946-  Search this
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis), 1904-1994  Search this
Cardinale, Robert L.  Search this
Christensen, Hans, 1924-1983  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Husted-Andersen, Adda  Search this
Miller, Frederick A.  Search this
Miller, John Paul, 1918-  Search this
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes), 1924-1996  Search this
Penington, Ruth, b. 1905  Search this
Prip, John, 1922-2009  Search this
Pulos, Arthur J.  Search this
Smith, Carlyle H., 1912-2004  Search this
Thomas, Richard C., 1917-1988  Search this
Vierthaler, Arthur A., 1916-  Search this
Von Neumann, Robert  Search this
Winston, Robert, 1915-  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Date:
1979-1983
Scope and Contents:
Records of the symposium "American Metalsmithing and Jewelrymaking in the 1940s and 1950s" sponsored by the Renwick Gallery, Sept. 24-25, 1982
Biographical / Historical:
Symposium was organized by Mark Baldridge and Lloyd Herman.
Provenance:
Transferred 1982 and 1985 from the Renwick Gallery. An additional file of records was donated 1995 by organizer Mark Baldridge.
Restrictions:
Unmicrofilmed and untranscribed; use requires an appointment and is limited to Washington, D.C. office.
Occupation:
Jewelers  Search this
Enamelers  Search this
Goldsmiths  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Silversmiths  Search this
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Art metal-work -- United States  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.renwgall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92ce66e5b-7ad6-4c1e-9764-9dba53104943
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-renwgall

Contemporary glass : January 13-February 24, 1980, Ball State University Art Gallery, March 4-March 30, 1980, Indiana University Art Museum, April 2-May 27, 1980, The Art Center, South Bend / Alma Eikerman, guest curator, Adelheid M. Gealt and Constance L. Bowen, exhibition curators

Author:
Indiana University, Bloomington Art Museum  Search this
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Gealt, Adelheid M  Search this
Bowen, Constance L  Search this
Ball State University Art Gallery  Search this
Art Center (South Bend, Ind.)  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1980
C1980
20th century
Topic:
Glassware--History  Search this
Call number:
NK5112.I48 1980X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_397111

Reflections : a tribute to Alma Eikerman, master craftsman : a retrospective exhibition of the jewelry and metalsmithing of Alma Eikerman and forty Indiana University alumni metal-artists / Constance L. Bowen, guest curator ; Thomas T. Solley, exhibition curator

Author:
Eikerman, Alma  Search this
Bowen, Constance L  Search this
Indiana University, Bloomington Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Eikerman, Alma Exhibitions  Search this
Indiana University, Bloomington Alumni and alumnae Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
117 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
C1985
20th century
Topic:
Jewelry--History  Search this
Art metal-work--History  Search this
Call number:
NK7398.E37A4 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_278306

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