Agnes Ma is an Illinois native who relocated to Colorado in 2016. She received her M.F.A. in Metalwork, Jewelry Design, and Digital Fabrication as well as a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Northern Illinois University and has a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work combines traditional craft and modern methods of fabrication to examine the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.
Agnes was the Artist in Residence for Metalwork and Glass at Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, Illinois) in 2015-2016 and took part in a 4-week artist residency at Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 2018. Her artwork has exhibited nationally, including at the Metal Museum in Memphis Tennessee. Her museum and curatorial endeavors have extended as far as Sicily. She is an active volunteer for the Society of North American Goldsmiths, serving as the chair of the Exhibitions Planning Committee since 2017.
Windbreak (brooch with detachable bracelet)
Sterling silver, laser-cut acrylic, brass, copper, CZs, and found Russian Olives
4″ x 4″ x 0.5″
Please, Stay on the Trail
Paper (partially recycled), recycled cardboard, various adhesives, and whitewash
Installation (Oak Room Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado)
Recent Exhibitions, Significant Work, or Publications:
- 2020 (Upcoming) – Solo Exhibition, Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
- 2020 – “Brooching the Subject”, online due to COVID-19 at Balefire Goods, Arvada, Colorado
- 2018 “Please, Stay on the Trail” at the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Wyoming
- 2016 “AiR: 2016 Artist in Residence Showcase” at Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
- 2016 “Inches from the Earth” at the Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
Seminar: Methods of Inquiry, 3D Design: Space + Materiality, Sculpture 1, Form + Content, Sculpture 2, Junior Portfolio Review, Sculpture 3, Special Topics in Fine Arts, Advanced Sculpture, Fine Arts Senior Portfolio Review, Professional Practice, Senior Studio I, Senior Studio II