Susie Ganch

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Susie Ganch
Born1971 (1971)
Appleton, Wisconsin
Alma materBS University of Wisconsin-Madison
MFA: University of Wisconsin-Madison
SpouseJerod Eisenshtadt
ElectedPresident Elect, Ethical Metalsmiths

Susie Ganch (b. 1971 Appleton, Wisconsin)[1] is a first generation American artist of Hungarian heritage. She is a sculptor, jeweler, educator, and founder and director of Radical Jewelry Makeover. 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.[2]

Ganch's work has been shown nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA [3] Her work, Drag, was acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Renwick Gallery's 50th Anniversary Campaign.[1][4]

Ganch works as an Associate Professor and Metal Area Lead at Virginia Commonwealth University.[5]



Drag (2013-2014) at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC in 2022

Ganch's background in Geology has heavily influenced her work that has centered on conversations about the environment, consumption, beauty, and adornment.[6] 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."[7]


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 [8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] and several Lark Craft books.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2015 Land and Sea, Sienna Patti Contemporary Lenox, MA[24]
  • 2014 Susie Ganch, Tributaries Series, Metal Museum, Memphis, TN[25]
  • 2014 Tied, Richmond Visual Art Center, Richmond, VA[26]
  • 2013 Glancing Back, Looking Forward, Sienna Patti, Lenox, MA[27]
  • 2010 Susie Ganch, 211 Gallery, University of Wyoming-Laramie, WY[28]
  • 2010 Bits and Pieces, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI[29]

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."[30] 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.[31] At the end of the project, the remade pieces are then sold with the profits going to Ethical Metalsmiths.[32]

Selected grants, recognitions and residencies[edit]

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Richmond, VA, 2015 [33]
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts, Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, 2008[34]


  1. ^ a b Savig, Mary; Atkinson, Nora; Montiel, Anya (2022). This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum. pp. 228–238. ISBN 9781913875268.
  2. ^ "Susie Ganch". Craft in America. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Susie Ganch". LACMA Collections. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Susie Ganch". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Susie Ganch - Craft / Material Studies". 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  6. ^ "From Climate Change to Race Relations, Artists Respond to Richmond, Virginia". 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  7. ^ "Susie Ganch - / critics' picks". 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  8. ^ Simon, Marjorie. "Once More with Love" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 33, number 5, pp.60
  9. ^ Cohn, Susan. "Exhibition in Print: As Seen by Others, Photography as Strategy" Metalsmith Magazine, volume33, number 4, 2013, pp. 46-47
  10. ^ Estel Berman, Harriete. "Copycat, Copyright, or Coincidence, Maker Beware" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 30, number 1, 2010 pp. 22
  11. ^ Dobbs Ariail, Kate. "Susie Ganch: Pushing Boundaries" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 28, number 3, 2008, pp. 20-27
  12. ^ Dobbs Ariail, Kate. "C. James Meyer" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 28 number 2, 2007, pp.49
  13. ^ Ramljak, Susan, ed. "Exhibition in Print 2006" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 26, number 4, 2006, pp. 22
  14. ^ Cross Gans, Jennifer. "California Metal Now" Metalsmith Magazine, Summer 2006, pp. 57
  15. ^ Risatti, Howard. "Craft vs. Design/Recognition vs. Understanding" Metalsmith Magazine, Summer 2006, pp. 14
  16. ^ Ramljak, Susan, ed. "Exhibition in Print 2002" Metalsmith Magazine, volume 22, number 4, 2002, pp. 23
  17. ^ Perkins, Sarah. 500 Enameled Objects Lark Books, pp. 5,33,116,191
  18. ^ Le Van, Martha, ed. 500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form, Lark Books, 2006, pp. 395-396
  19. ^ Le Van, Martha, ed. 500 Bracelets: An Inspiring Collection of Extraordinary Designs, Lark Books, 2005, pp. 122
  20. ^ McLaughlin, Jean W., ed. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, Lark Books, 2004, pp. 27, 83
  21. ^ Aimone, Steven. Design!, Lark Books, 2004, pp. 9
  22. ^ Morgenthal, Deborah, and Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E., ed. The Penland Book of Ceramics, Lark Books, 2003, pp. 86-89
  23. ^ Tourtillot, Suzanne J.E., ed. Making Beautiful Beads, Lark Books, 2003, pp. 99-101
  24. ^ "Susie Ganch | Land & Sea | Sienna Patti Contemporary". Artsy. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  25. ^ "Tributaries: Susie Ganch | American Craft Council". 2014-12-05. Archived from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  26. ^ "ENGAGE: Side by Side-Susie Ganch: TIED - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Arts + Crafts Calendar". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  27. ^ "Susie Ganch | glancing back, looking forward | April 26 - May 28, 2013". Sienna Patti. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  28. ^ "SUSIE GANCH & GALLERY 211 | Myblog's Blog". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  29. ^ "Susie Ganch: Bits and Pieces — Priebe Art Gallery". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  30. ^ "Forging It Forward | Arts and Culture | Style Weekly - Richmond, VA local news, arts, and events". 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  31. ^ "Radical Jewelry Makeover Transforms Art, Promotes Ethical Mining Issues at Appalachian State University - High Country Press". 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  32. ^ Straker, Luise (2010-07-28). "Mining the community's jewellery box - ABC Brisbane - Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  33. ^ "VMFA awards scholarships to 27 artists, students - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Fine Arts And Theater". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  34. ^ "The Virginia Commission for the Arts | Artist Fellowship". Retrieved 2016-02-20.

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