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Alison Pack, M.F.A.
Professor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry
M.F.A., East Tennessee State University
Alison Pack is an associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry design at Radford University where she has been teaching since 2003. She is included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators and is an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She holds a BS in art education with teaching certification from Appalachian State University and an MFA in metalsmithing from East Tennessee State University.
Alison Pack’s work is based on telling stories through imagery that pursues stereotypes, misconceptions and clichés of womanhood. Often parts of the female anatomy morph with ordinary functional objects to create humorous fantasies with sexual overtones. As a traditional southern girl, tools were considered inappropriate and unfeminine. Ironically, the development of her hand-skills through sawing, filing and forming proved to be powerful expressions of her femininity and sexuality as well as commemorative pieces enabling her to re-live some of her life experiences. Her small copper and sterling silver sculptures are created by the traditional metal working processes of shell forming, raising, fabrication and casting. She employs color on metal techniques using Prismacolor pencils and acrylic paints to allude to decorative surfaces such as fabric and icings.
Her work has been displayed nationally and recently was featured in “Refined VII: Inspiration” 2012, The Seventh Biennial Exhibition and Competition for Artists working in the metalworking and jewelry field, at Stephen F. Austin University. She also received a Juror award for the 25th annual Materials: Hard & Soft exhibition 2012 at the Greater Denton Arts Council, in Denton Texas. The Juror was Monica Moses, editor-in-chief of American Craft magazine. Her work has also been featured in the books, "Humor in Craft," " Art Jewelry Today 3" and "Art Jewelry Today 2."