Susie Ganch

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Susie Ganch
Born(1970-11-12)November 12, 1970
Appleton, Wisconsin
Alma materBS University of Wisconsin-Madison
MFA: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Known forRadical Jewelry Makeover
Spouse(s)Jerod Eisenshtadt
ElectedPresident Elect, Ethical Metalsmiths

Susie Ganch is a first generation American artist of Hungarian heritage. She is a sculptor, jeweler, educator, and founder and director of Radical Jewelry Makeover.

Ganch's work has been shown nationally and internationally at such prestigious venues as Design Museum (UK), the National Gallery of Victoria (AU), Ueno Royal Museum (JP), Cameron Art Museum (USA), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA), the Kohler Art Center (USA), and the Milwaukee Art Museum (USA), and held in numerous public collections at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Asheville Art Museum.

Ganch received her Bachelors in Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geology in 1994 and her Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.



Ganch's background in Geology has heavily influenced her work that has centered on conversations about the environment, consumption, beauty, and adornment.[1] Ganch frequently repurposes and utilizes such materials as plastic utensils and coffee cup lids en masse for her sculptures. "With these works, Ganch undermines the viewer's reaction; this is not just well-composed garbage. Rather, she reframes the three-dimensional objects with photographs or suggestive titles, directly alluding to questions about consumerism, ethical standards of global retailers, and mass production… Ganch places implication equally on buyer and producer as the innumerable individual parts are held together to form a gestalt."[2]


Ganch received her training in jewelry while attending University of Wisconsin- Madison for her MFA, and additional training at California College of Art, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her jewelry, particularly her enameling work, has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as included in several publications such as Metalsmith Magazine [3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] and several Lark Craft books.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2015 Land and Sea, Sienna Patti Contemporary Lenox, MA[19]
  • 2014 Susie Ganch, Tributaries Series, Metal Museum, Memphis, TN[20]
  • 2014 Tied, Richmond Visual Art Center, Richmond, VA[21]
  • 2013 Glancing Back, Looking Forward, Sienna Patti, Lenox, MA[22]
  • 2010 Susie Ganch, 211 Gallery, University of Wyoming-Laramie, WY[23]
  • 2010 Susie Ganch New Work, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 Bits and Pieces, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI[24]
  • 2006 Convergence, The Vault, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA

Selected group exhibitions (national)[edit]

Selected group exhibitions (international)[edit]

  • 2015 Heat Exchange II, Traveled to the following sites: Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, UK, Kulturhaus Kroenbacken, Erfurt, Germany, St Andrews Museum, Scotland[33]
  • 2013 Ferrous, Traveled to the following sites Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 18 Karat Gallery, Toronto, Canada[34]
  • 2012 Drawing Permanence and Place, Museum Voor Vlakglas-en Emaillekunst, Ravenstein, Netherlands
  • 2012 Unexpected Pleasures, Traveled to the following sites: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, The Design Museum, London, England[35]
  • 2011 Surface and Substance – International contemporary enamel jewellery. Travelled to the following sites: Contemporary Applied Arts, London, England, Electrum Gallery, London, England, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales[36]
  • 2008 Japan Jewelry Art Competition 2008, Traveled to the following sites: The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Museum of Arts and Craft, Itami Sendia Mediatheque Gallery, Sendai Design Gallery, International Design Center, Nagoya City Mitsubishi Artium Imz, Fukuoka
  • 2007 5th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju Art Center, Cheongju, Korea
  • 2007 Fusion: 11th Biennial International Juried Exhibition, Columbus Cultural Center, Columbus, OH
  • 2003-05 Chess, Traveled to the following sites: Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA, Vennel Gallery in Irvine, Scotland, The Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre, in Denbighshire, Wales, 4 The Crafts Council Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts

Public collections[edit]

Professional experience[edit]


Ganch currently works as an Associate Professor and Metal Area Lead at Virginia Commonwealth University.[37] Ganch has held previous teaching appointments at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Ganch also teaches regular workshops at such institutions as Haystack Mountain School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Mendocino Art Center, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Oxbow Summer School of the Arts, and California College of Art.

Radical Jewelry Makeover[edit]

Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is collaborative project directed by Susie Ganch. Radical jewelry Makeover "uses the role of jewelry to educate students and communities about the complex issues surrounding mining."[38] Radical Jewelry Makeover travels to hosting communities where participants are invited to donate unwanted jewelry to the project; donations range from plastic jewelry, to gold, diamonds, silver, stones, and bone. Participants break down, organize, and reuse the donations to create new pieces, extending the material's life span and keeping the original unwanted jewelry from landfills. Throughout the process, participants are taught about the environmental impact that mining for metals and stones has, and challenged to rethink their own participation in jewelry markets.[39] At the end of the project, the remade pieces are then sold with the profits going to Ethical Metalsmiths.[40]

Selected grants, recognitions and residencies[edit]

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Richmond, VA, 2015 [41]
  • Peter S. Reed Foundation, NYC, NY, 2015
  • VCU Faculty Research Grant, Richmond, VA, 2013, 2007
  • VCU Dean's Exploratory Grant, Richmond, VA, 2012
  • VCU School of the Arts Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching, Richmond, VA, 2011
  • USA Fellowship Award Nominee, 2010
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts, Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, 2008[42]
  • Teresa Pollock Award for Fine Art, Richmond VA, 2008
  • Educator of the Year Niche Award, sponsored by the Rosen Group, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, 2007
  • Juror's Award, Materials Soft and Hard, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX, 2007
  • Best in Show, San Francisco Metal Arts Guild 2004: An Exhibition of Metal Art, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, 2004


  1. ^ "From Climate Change to Race Relations, Artists Respond to Richmond, Virginia". 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  2. ^ "Susie Ganch - / critics' picks". 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  3. ^ Simon, Marjorie. "Once More with Love" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 33, number 5, pp.60
  4. ^ Cohn, Susan. "Exhibition in Print: As Seen by Others, Photography as Strategy" Metalsmith Magazine, volume33, number 4, 2013, pp. 46-47
  5. ^ Estel Berman, Harriete. "Copycat, Copyright, or Coincidence, Maker Beware" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 30, number 1, 2010 pp. 22
  6. ^ Dobbs Ariail, Kate. "Susie Ganch: Pushing Boundaries" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 28, number 3, 2008, pp. 20-27
  7. ^ Dobbs Ariail, Kate. "C. James Meyer" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 28 number 2, 2007, pp.49
  8. ^ Ramljak, Susan, ed. "Exhibition in Print 2006" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 26, number 4, 2006, pp. 22
  9. ^ Cross Gans, Jennifer. "California Metal Now" Metalsmith Magazine, Summer 2006, pp. 57
  10. ^ Risatti, Howard. "Craft vs. Design/Recognition vs. Understanding" Metalsmith Magazine, Summer 2006, pp. 14
  11. ^ Ramljak, Susan, ed. "Exhibition in Print 2002" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 22, number 4, 2002, pp. 23
  12. ^ Perkins, Sarah. 500 Enameled Objects Lark Books, pp. 5,33,116,191
  13. ^ Le Van, Martha, ed. 500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form, Lark Books, 2006, pp. 395-396
  14. ^ Le Van, Martha, ed. 500 Bracelets: An Inspiring Collection of Extraordinary Designs, Lark Books, 2005, pp. 122
  15. ^ McLaughlin, Jean W., ed. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, Lark Books, 2004, pp. 27, 83
  16. ^ Aimone, Steven. Design!, Lark Books, 2004, pp. 9
  17. ^ Morgenthal, Deborah, and Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E., ed. The Penland Book of Ceramics, Lark Books, 2003, pp. 86-89
  18. ^ Tourtillot, Suzanne J.E., ed. Making Beautiful Beads, Lark Books, 2003, pp. 99-101
  19. ^ "Susie Ganch | Land & Sea | Sienna Patti Contemporary". Artsy. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  20. ^ "Tributaries: Susie Ganch | American Craft Council". 2014-12-05. Archived from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  21. ^ "ENGAGE: Side by Side-Susie Ganch: TIED - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Arts + Crafts Calendar". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  22. ^ "Susie Ganch | glancing back, looking forward | April 26 - May 28, 2013". Sienna Patti. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  23. ^ "SUSIE GANCH & GALLERY 211 | Myblog's Blog". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  24. ^ "Susie Ganch: Bits and Pieces — Priebe Art Gallery". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  25. ^ "Crafted | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  26. ^ "Materialfix, March 13-October 11, 2015". John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  27. ^ That, All (2015-08-18). "All That Glitters". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  28. ^ "Metal Inkorporated" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  29. ^ Ignacio Villarreal. "One-of-a-Kind, Wearable Brooches at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  30. ^ "Women of metal : Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, September 9-October 18, 2008 - Search UW-Madison Libraries". 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  31. ^ "Craft in America: Expanding Traditions". Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  32. ^ "News releases: Chazen Museum of Art presents 'Metalsmiths' exhibit". University of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  33. ^ "The Artists | Heat Exchange". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  34. ^ "Incline, 111 Minna, Popular Workshop, Velvet da Vinci, ODC Geras Tousignant, Emerald Tablet - San Francisco California Art Galleries Events: March 1, 2013". 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  35. ^ "Unexpected Pleasures Exhibition At The Design Museum London". 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  36. ^ Busnel, Isabelle (2011-10-24). "ThinkingThroughThings: SURFACE AND SUBSTANCE". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  37. ^ "Susie Ganch - Craft / Material Studies". 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  38. ^ "Forging It Forward | Arts and Culture | Style Weekly - Richmond, VA local news, arts, and events". 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  39. ^ "Radical Jewelry Makeover Transforms Art, Promotes Ethical Mining Issues at Appalachian State University - High Country Press". 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  40. ^ Straker, Luise (2010-07-28). "Mining the community's jewellery box - ABC Brisbane - Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  41. ^ "VMFA awards scholarships to 27 artists, students - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Fine Arts And Theater". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  42. ^ "The Virginia Commission for the Arts | Artist Fellowship". Retrieved 2016-02-20.

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