Mary Lee Hu
Mary Lee Hu (born 1943 in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American artist, goldsmith, and college level educator known for using textile techniques to create intricate woven wire jewelry.
Hu first became fascinated with metalwork during high school introductory courses. She later explored more work with metals during a summer camp. She went on to attend the University of Miami, Ohio for two years and then went to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to complete her undergraduate degree. During her undergraduate education Hu developed her skills and continued to work with small scale metalwork and jewelry. In 1966 while earning her graduate degree in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, Hu studied under renowned metalsmith L. Brent Kington. It was during this time that Hu started to work with fiber inspired techniques after taking a fiber arts course. This led to the development of her signature style of wire wrapped jewelry. Since the late 1960s Hu has developed new techniques in coiling, wrapping, weaving, knitting, and twining wire. Her work consists mostly woven wire earrings, rings, bracelets, brooches, and neckpieces that emulate natural forms, movements and symmetry.
After completing her MFA, Hu traveled to various places and took up different teaching positions until she joined the metal arts program in the University of Washington School of Art in 1980. She retired from the University as professor emeritus in 2006.
Hu is a member and past-president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. In 1996 Hu was inducted into the American Craft Council College of Fellows. Hu has received three National Endowment of the Arts Craftsman Fellowships. Her work is in major collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the American Crafts Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Hu is the winner of the 2008 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
- 1965: B.F.A. Metalsmithing, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- 1967: M.F.A. Metalsmithing, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
- 1980-2006: University of Washington
- 1977-1980: Michigan State University
- 1976-1977: University of Wisconsin–Madison
- 1976:Kansas State University
- 1976: University of Iowa
- 1968-1969: Southern Illinois University
Awards and grants
- 2008: The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement from Artist Trust of Washington.
- 2004: Invited to start a Mary Lee Hu research collection at The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
- 2002 Donald E. Peterson Endowed Fellowship for Excellence, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington
- 2001-02: Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists
- 1999: Elected “Master of the Medium” for the James C. Renwick Alliance, the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
- 1996: Appointed as a Fellow of the American Crafts Council
- 1992: National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Fellowship
- 1988: Alumni Achievement Award, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
- 1984: National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Fellowship
- 1979: All-University Research Grant, Michigan State University
- 1978: All-University Research Grant, Michigan State University
- 1976: National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Fellowship
- 1975: Best in Show, Best in Metals, Outstanding Craftsman of the North Central Region, Purchase Award, "Beaux Arts Designer/Craftsman '75", Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH
- Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
- Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
- Illinois State University
- Museum of Arts & Design (formerly American Crafts Museum), New York City
- Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington DC
- The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- The Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
- The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
- University of Indiana Art Gallery, Bloomington, IN
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
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“The Art of Gold” The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK “Korean & American Metalsmithing Exhibition”, Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
Summer Arts Festival Mirabela Arts Exhibit, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, University of Washington
“Curves Revisited”, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
"Sculptural Concerns: Contemporary American Metalworking",Fort Wayne Museum of Art,national tour
"Design Visions, The Second Australian International Crafts Triennial". Art Gallery of Western Australia
"Helen Williams Drutt Collection", Helsinki, Finland
"The 20th Anniversary Show", Electrum Gallery, London, England
"Mary Lee Hu: Goldsmith", The Merrin Gallery, New York, NY
Concepts Gallery, Carmel and Palo Alto, CA
"Korean-American Contemporary Metalwork Exhibition 1988", Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
"Barbara Rockefeller Associates Collection", Anatole Orient Gallery, London, England
The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Invitational of American Jewelry, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Traditional Industry, Kyoto
"Tenth anniversary Exhibition", Electrum Gallery, London, England
"The Golden Thread-Textures in Gold", Touring International Competition
"International Jewellery 1900-1980", Kunslerhaus, Vienna
Eastern Kentucky University Gallery, Richmond, KY
"Silver in American Life", Yale University Art Gallery
"Modern American Jewelry Exhibition", Mikimoto & Co., Tokyo
"American Crafts at the Vatican Museum", Vatican City
Goldsmith Hall, London (with Harper, Scherr, Seppa)
“Creative Jewelry”, Design Center, Manila, Philippines
"6 Contemporary American Jewellers", Electrum Gallery, London
"Forms in Metal-275 Years of Metalsmithing in America",[[ Museum of Contemporary Crafts]], New York, NY
"Contemporary Crafts of the Americas: 1975", Competitive exhibition, Colorado State University national tour
“Goldsmith/74”, by the Renwick Gallery and the Minnesota Museum of Art.
“Profile 1974”, Humber College, Rexdale, Ontario, Canada
Crafts Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
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- Shaykett, Jessica (April–May 2012). "Mary Lee Hu: Cutting Loose". American Craft 72 (2). Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- Catalani], [foreword by Stefano (2012). Knitted, knotted, twisted, & twined : the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu. Bellevue, WA: Bellevue Arts Museum. ISBN 978-0615561561.
- Huynh, Anh (April 24, 2012). "Entwined in Art". The Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "American Craft Council College of Fellows". American Craft Council. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
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- Flintridge Foundation, Mary Lee Hu, Seatlle, WA, jewelry
- Artist Mary Lee Hu at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery
- Professional Jewelers Magazine, Innovators 8: Mary Lee Hu
- Biography: Mary Lee Hu