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MATT WILLIG

Designer/Jeweler/Metalsmith

EDUCATION

Miami-Dade College - Fine Arts Degree - Miami, FL- 1976

WORKSHOPS

Design for Survival:  Thomas Mann - Penland School of Crafts, NC

Hollow Shell Forming:  Hiekki Seppa - Florida Soc. Goldsmiths - Wildacres, NC

Design Vocabulary:  Bob Ebendorf - Gulfcoast Art Museum, FL

Fold Forming:  Charles Lewton-Brian - Florida International Univ. - Miami, FL

Die-Forming:  Bob Pfluelb - Florida Soc. Goldsmiths - Wildacres, NC

WORK EXPERIENCE

Matt Willig Designs - Jewelry Designer/ Craftsperson since 1994- Celo, NC
1983-1994 - Miami, FL

Head Jewelry Designer - Jacmar Jewelers - 1986 - 1989 - Miami, FL

Shop Manager and Jeweler:  OM Jewelry - 1976 - 1986 - Miami, FL

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Society of North American Goldsmiths

Penland School of Crafts

Southern Highlands Craft Guild

Toe River Arts Council

Florida Society of Goldsmiths

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Merit Award - Fall Celebration of the Arts 2011 - Toe River Arts Council, NC

Fall Celebration of the Arts - 1997- 2011 - Toe River Arts Council, NC

Toe River Studio Tours - 1995-2011 - Toe River Arts Council, NC

Classic Crafts, Piedmont Arts - Winter 2009 - Martinsville, VA

Delicate Beauty, Penland Gallery - Summer 2009 - Penland, NC

Green Hill Center for NC Art - Winter Show 2007 - Greensboro, NC

Ornamental Indulgences - 2006 - TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, NC

Fall Celebration of the Arts - 2006 - Merit Award, Toe River Arts Council, NC

33rd Annual Competition - Fayetteville Museum of Art - 2005 - Fayetteville, NC

ACC SE Spotlight Show - 2004 - Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

Featured Artist - 1999 - Hand in Hand Gallery - Flat Rock, NC

Spotlight '97 - ACC/Piedmont Craft - Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC

Crosscurrents - Southern Highlands Craft Guild - 1997 -  Asheville, NC

Members Exhibition - Folk Art Center 1997 - Asheville, NC

Fall Mask Show - Blue Spiral - Asheville, NC

Body Adornment:  Art to Wear Jewelry - Coral Gables, FL

Mask Media Show - Netsky Gallery, Miami, FL

NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Lapidary Journal - March 2000 - Vol. 53, No. 12, pgs. 3 & 28

WNC Magazine- June 2010- Vol 4, No 4 - Featured Artist Page - Matt Willig

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

Crimson Laurel Gallery

Bakersville, NC

Design Gallery

Burnsville, NC

Guild Craft

Asheville, NC

Miya Gallery

Weaverville, NC

Penland Gallery

Penland, NC

TRAC Gallery

Burnsville, NC

TRAC Center

Spruce Pine, NC