Mary Lee Hu
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Biographical Information for Mary Lee Hu:
1967 M.F.A. Metalsmithing, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1965 B.F.A. Metalsmithing, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Grants and Awards
The National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame, Artist/Arts Educator category. The Arts Center,St. Petersburg, Florida
The Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement from Artist Trust of Washington.
Voted Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington upon retirement December 15,2006.
Lifetime Achievement Award, Seattle Metals Guild
2004 Invited to donate my papers to start a Mary Lee Hu research collection at The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, as 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" (metals), James C. Renwick Alliance, the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
1996 Elected a Fellow of the American Crafts Council
1992 N.E.A. Crafts Fellowship
1988 Alumni Achievement Award, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
1984 N.E.A. Crafts Fellowship
1979 All-University Research Grant, Michigan State University
1978 All-University Research Grant, Michigan State University
1976 N.E.A. 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
Work Represented in Public Collections
Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH
Goldsmith Hall, London, England
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 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
The Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
University of Indiana Art Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Solo, International and Other Major Exhibitions
"Jewelry By Artists: The Daphne Farago Collection", Museum of Fine Arts Boston. May22, 2007-March 5, 2008.
"Craft in America: Expanding Traditions" National tour:
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK, April 13-June 24
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, July22 - September 23
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA, October 20 - January 27, 2008
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, February 22 - May 4.
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, June 8 - September 14.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, October 11 -January18, 2009
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, February 21 - May 25.
"The Art of Gold" continuing US tour.
The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
"Korean & American Metalsmithing Exhibition", Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
"The Art of Gold", organized by the society of North American Goldsmiths and toured by Exhibits USA Crocker Art Museum
Summer Arts Festival Mirabela Arts Exhibit, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, University of Washington
"Exuberance", Two-person exhibition at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle (with Kevin Glenn Crane)
"Flet/Braid", Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
"Curves Revisited", Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
"Celebrating American Craft", Kunstindustrie Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Retrospective, "Mary Lee Hu: Master Metalsmith", National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
Retrospective, "Documents Northwest: 6 Northwest Jewelers" Seattle Art museum, Seattle, WA
"Sculptural Concerns: Contemporary American Metalworking", Organized by the Ft. Wayne (IN) Museum and touring nationally.
"Design Visions, The Second Australian International Crafts Triennial". Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
"Helen Williams Drutt Collection", Helsinki, Finland
"The 20th Anniversary Show", Electrum Gallery, London, England
Solo, "Mary Lee Hu: Goldsmith", The Merrin Gallery, New York, NY
"Craft Today USA", Organized by the American Crafts Museum, New York, and touring Europe.
Solo, Concepts Gallery, Carmel and Palo Alto, CA
"Korean-American Contemporary Metalwork Exhibition 1988", Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea.
"The Eloquent Object", organized by The Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK, and touring the US and Japan.
"Craft Today, Poetry of the Physical", organized by the American Craft Museum, New York, and touring nationally.
"American Jewelry NOW", organized by the American Crafts Museum, New York, and touring Asia.
"Barbara Rockefeller Associates Collection", Anatole Orient Gallery, London, England
"Masterworks of Contemporary American Jewelry: Sources and Concepts", The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
"International Jewelry Invitational", Rudolf Dentler Gallery, Ulm, Germany
Solo, The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
"Jewelry USA", organized by the American Crafts Museum, New York, and touring
Solo, University of Southwest Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
Invitational of American Jewelry, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Traditional Industry,
Solo, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
"Good as Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry", organized by the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, and touring.
Solo, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
"Tenth anniversary Exhibition", Electrum Gallery, London, England
"The Golden Thread-Textures in Gold", Touring International Competition
Solo, Arts & Crafts Center of Pittsburgh, PA
"International Jewellery 1900-1980", Kunslerhaus, Vienna
"Fourth International Jewellery Art Exhibition", Japan Jewellery Designers Association, Mikimoto, Tokyo
"Society of North American Goldsmiths", organized by SNAG and touring Europe
Solo Exhibition, Eastern Kentucky University Gallery, Richmond, KY
"Silver in American Life", organized by Yale University Art Museum from pieces in their collection and touring.
"Modern American Jewelry Exhibition", Mikimoto & Co., Tokyo
"American Crafts at the Vatican Museum", Vatican City
4-person exhibition, Goldsmith Hall, London (Harper, Scherr, Seppa)
Two person exhibition, Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH (Wahling)
Solo, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
"Creative Jewelry", Design Center, Manila, Philippines
Solo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
"6 Contemporary American Jewellers", Electrum Gallery, London
"Forms in Metal-275 Years of Metalsmithing in America", organized by the Museum of
Contemporary Crafts, New York.
"Contemporary Crafts of the Americas: 1975", International competitive exhibition organized by Colorado State University and touring nationally.
"Beaux Arts designer/Craftsmen '75", Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH.
Solo, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
"Goldsmith/74", organized by the Renwick Gallery and the Minnesota Museum of Art.
"World Silver Fair", International competition, Taxco and Mexico City, Mexico
"Profile 1974", Humber College, Rexdale, Ontario, Canada - June 8-30.
"Goldsmith '70", organized by the Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
"Young Americans '69", national competition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, NYC.
Solo, Crafts Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO - September 1-31