Susan Lenart Kazmer is an internationally-recognized mixed-media jewlery artist, silversmith and teacher of 23 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. Her books MAKING CONNECTIONS and RESIN ALCHEMY include her pioneering body of work and were both featured on Amazon’s best seller list.
Susan’s innovative work can be seen in ELLE magazine and has been featured in New York & Milan Fashion Week.
A pioneer of developing many “cold-join” techniques over the years her work transforms found objects into contemporary Talismans, works of fine art. Susan is also the creator of Ice Resin, Industrial Chic jewelry component line,
“After Art school, I realized that I needed personal experience from the world to be able to put forth and create a significant and relevant body of work. At my core, My work is based on travel and exploring other cultures. While traveling, I studied and observed unusual practices of cultures around the world, including my own. Through time, I obtained a deep understanding of Talismans and relics and found this subject relevant in all cultures. I discovered hidden meaning behind most artifacts and ancient adornment through symbolisms, embedded prayers and geometric shape. Now, I create my own version of powerful Talismans, Symbolism and Relics expressed through my work and can be worn for qualities embedded such as,protection, strength, abundance and love.
Doing ethnographic repair in the Chicago area I had the opportunity to witness up close the construction of ancient pieces, how pieces were built and what would last through time as a connections as well as witnessing innovative use of materials and their significant meanings. I worked with historical pieces of West African beadwork, East Indian Naga and Thailand components and jewelry.
Through a lot of travel and exploration I have built my own vocabulary of symbolism and talisman through jewelry for the sake of building culture, history and beauty into adornment. ”
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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