What is The Outpost? The Outpost is an activation group across US time zones. We converge to suss and discuss our blurry roles and how they play with and against the constructed ideals of our field, and of others. We communicate digitally and IRL - with each other and with you. We embrace the multi-hyphen: artist, activist, curator, designer, educator, gallerist, writer.
What brings us together and interests us? Conversations about the concentric circles of making, meaning, community, and commerce.
Our aim is to cultivate interest in the meta-landscape of craft – the social, technological, and artistic - to amplify the ways in which we collaborate and communicate. We connect and create, make direct actions, and disperse ideas through multiple channels. We also observe, laugh, listen to music, think, talk, and enjoy our differences.
We are all outposts: unique satellites spread across the nation with individual experiences, strengths, weaknesses, interests, voices, and visions. But our centerpoint is here.
Welcome to The Outpost.
Who We Are
Mary Hallam Pearse
Mary Hallam Pearse received her Master of Fine Arts in Metal from SUNY New Paltz and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts with an emphasis in Jewelry & Metals from Kent State University. In her ongoing work, Mary is interested in how jewelry has functioned historically as a marker of status, class, wealth, and a record of human experience. Her work has been selected for competitive exhibitions in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally and included in publications such as Metalsmith, Ornament, and American Craft.
Curatorial projects include Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia, Parallels: Jonathan Wahl and Sondra Sherman, The Ring Shows: Then & Now, Putting the Band Back Together, and Coming into View. She has been invited to present lectures and provide workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Kent State University, East Carolina University, and Humboldt State University. Mary is currently Associate Professor and area chair of the jewelry and metalwork area at The Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA.
Kerianne Quick is an artist engaged in an exploration of materiality and culture through objects. Dealing with diverse subject matter - from communal sheep farming practices in the Orkney Isles to the derelict brickyards of New York’s Hudson Valley - Kerianne mixes traditional and digital making processes with ethnographic research to consider how object’s can be embedded with meaning. Highlights from her exhibition record include the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, the Salon del Mobile in Milan, and Design Week Amsterdam. Her work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, as well as private collections. Kerianne is currently Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2011, and her Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University in 2002.
Jessica Todd received a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State in 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in Metal Art and Technology from Penn State in 2008. She received a Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Educational Endowment Scholarship in 2013, and has exhibited work and taught workshops locally and nationally. Publications include Cast: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process (Schiffer Publishing), Humor in Craft (Schiffer Publishing), and Fabric Printing at Home (Quarry Books). She currently serves on the Conference Program Committee for SNAG and the Conference Planning Committee for the Alliance of Artists Communities. Jessica is the Residency Manager for the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL. The residency is a program of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and serves over 70 artists from around the country and world to live and work for five weeks at the former home and studio of the late contemporary artist Robert Rauschenberg. Jessica is passionate about studying and addressing issues of equity, access, and inclusion in the fields of Craft, Artists’ Communities, and beyond.
Mariah Tuttle is an artist interested in exploring value as it relates to time and materials as well as the slick, sweet, sometimes subtle treats of innuendo. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, and galleries both nationally and internationally. She is heavily vested in exploring and promoting the role of the emerging artist via web-based media, panel discussions, and exhibitions and has been an educator, visiting artist, and critic for jewellery programs around New England. Her curatorial activities include on the horizon at Brooklyn Metal Works and the traveling series of pop-ups Gateway Drugs. Mariah currently lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is both the Editor-At-Large and co-founder of the Social Club panel discussions for Current Obsession magazine and contemporary jewellery platform. She received her Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University and her Master of Fine Arts with departmental honors from Rhode Island School of Design.
Laura Wood is a full-time jewelry artist living in Penland, NC, where she is a current resident artist at Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the US, including The Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), the Lydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at Contemporary Craft (PA), and as a 2015 SNAG Emerging Jewelry Artist at the Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, IL.
Laura’s work can be found in select galleries in the US and in the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University and The Racine Art Museum (WI). Publications include 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts), Behind the Brooch (Shiffer Publishing), American Craft, and Metalsmith. Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium in 2010 and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition (2012), a creative project aimed at facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. She was a speaker at the annual Yuma Arts Symposium in 2016. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Master of Fine Arts in Metal Design from East Carolina University.
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