“My work is real… It is energetic, sometimes figurative and always about real life.
As a silversmith and artist of 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials. I create expressive pieces that come from heartwarming memories of my own or my collector’s lives, or from re-purposing objects and components in a manner that aid the owners of my pieces to take desired risks in their lives, or attract more abundance such as harmony, love and laughter into their world. These components can be raw in their authenticity, but always beautiful in their uniqueness.
Long ago, in the late 1990’s when continents were foreign and parts of the world were still a mystery, I used to travel and explore these parts of the world. I looked at lifestyles different than my own in customs, celebrations, education, clothes and adornment. As many differences as I found, we all have many inherent similar trait that runs as a thread throughout all cultures. At our core, people are all similar in our search for meaningful and expressive adornment. My work is built on Expressive Adornment…. including Talismans, Prayer boxes, Amulets and gypsy magic. With the addition to Art school and silversmith….. this mélange is how I built my own body of work and represented myself in the fashion and gallery world for over 24 years.”
Susan’s early hand made collection began at Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, Nordstrom as well as numerous galleries around the United States including museum exhibits. Author of her second book, RESIN ALCHEMY, and an Amazon 2013 best seller list, It includes a pioneering ten year body of work combining metal and resin.
Susan’s innovative work can be seen in March 2014 issue of U.S. ELLE as she reenters the fashion world with one of a kind jewelry.
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an internationally-recognized mixed-media jewlery artist, silversmith and teacher. She’s developed many “cold-join” techniques over the years to transform found objects into Talisman works of fine art.
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Selected Juried Museum and Gallery Exhibits
2008 Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage AK
2006/07 American Craft Council- Baltimore, MD
2007 Hansen Museum- Logan, Kansas
2007 Troy Hayner House Cultural Museum- Troy, OH
2007 Robert Hillstead Textile Museum- Lincoln, NE
2006 Ellen Noel Museum- Odessa, TX
2005 Post Picasso Gallery- Highlights of 2004
2005 Ohio Craft Museum,-Cleveland, Ohio
2005 Mansfield Art Center- Mansfield, Ohio
2004 Huntington Museum of Art- Huntington, West Virginia
2004 Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center- Athens, Ohio
2004 Jewelry with a Purpose- Post Picasso Gallery- International Online Gallery
2003 Talismans Jewelry- Culturefest, Renwick Gallery- Washington DC
2003 Material Explorations- Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica New York
2003 Yellow- Sandusky Cultural Art Center
1996 Works of Susan Lenart- Origins Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1995 Museum of American Folk Art- New York, NY
1995 Works of Susan Lenart – Gimcracks Gallery, Chicago
1995 Museum Collections- Boston, MA
1994 Works of Susan Lenart – Ramscale Gallery, Manhattan, NY
1994 Katie Gingrass Gallery- Milwaukee, WI
1994 SOFA Chicago- Jackie Lippitz Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1994 Chicago Architectural Foundation- Chicago, II
1991 Emerging Chicago Artists, Illinois Artisan Shop- Chicago, II.
1991 Folk Art International of San Francisco- San Francisco, CA
1991 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, New Mexico
Selected Teaching Venue
2006- International Fiber Convergence-Ann Arbor, Michigan
2006- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan
2006- Baum school of Art,-Allentown, PA
2007- Gwen Gibson- Dufort, France
2007- Hacienda De Mosaica- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2006- Brookfield Craft Center- Brookfield CT.
2008/07 Bead and Button Show-Milwaukee, WI
2006- Cultural Art Center- Sandusky, Ohio
2006 FAVA Gallery, Oberlin Ohio
Selected Juried Invitational Events
1991 to 2007 American Craft Council -ACC Shows-Baltimore, MD, Columbus, OH, West Springfield, II. St. Paul, MN. Tampa Bay, FL. Atlanta, GA
1992 to 1994 Original Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
1991 to 1994 Oak Brook Center Invitational, Oakbrook, IL.
1991 to 1995 Fountain on the Square, Evanston, IL.
1992 to 1993 Washington Fine Arts, Washington DC
1993 to 1996 Two Rivers Art Exposition, Minnesota and Iowa
2013- Resin Alchemy-Innovative Techniques for Mixed-Media and Jewelry Artists
2007- Making Connections- A Handbook of Attachments for the Jeweler and Mixed Media Artist- Author – Susan Lenart Kazmer with Nina Graci
2006- Most Innovative Use of the Medium-Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center- Athens Ohio
2006- Telly Award-KS Inc. productions – Public Television
2006- Finalist- Bead and Button Show- Milwaukee, WI
2005- Jury’s Choice- Embellishment 2005- Portland, OR.
2004- Second Place- Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI
2004- Best of 2004- Post Picasso Gallery-online gallery