Tzu Ju Chen CV


EDUCATION
2006-2007Fulbright Fellowship to China P.R.J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Independent research: traditional Chinese jewelry making techniques: including the Kingfisher bird feather inlay and minority jewelry. Solo Exhibition.
2004-2006Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA), Bloomfield Hills, MI
Master of Fine Arts, Metalsmithing.
2005Penland School of Arts & Crafts, Penland NC
Lucy C. Morgan Scholarship Recipient for Summer Session: "Skin and Bone" hollow construction.
1996-2000Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jewelry & Light Metals.
1999Penland School of Arts & Crafts, Penland NC
Lucy C. Morgan Scholarship Recipient for Summer Session: "Plique-a-jour" enameling.
1998-1999RISD European Honors Program, Rome, Italy
Independent study and research: architecture, antiquities, drawing, documentation, visual arts and jewelry. 
Set up jewelry studio. Independent research and tour of Gothic Cathedrals in France.

EXPERIENCE
2007Senior Jewelry Designer, FGX International, Smithfield, RI
Interpret fashion trends and design monthly panel submissions, develop products directly with oversea factories. Clients include No Boundary label for Wal-Mart, Style & Co for Macy's, Rite-Aid, and Meijer. Responsibilities including trend and market presentations, technical rendering manipulation and daily communication with art director, clients and oversea vendors.
2005-2006CAA Metalsmithing Department, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Graduate Assistant to Artist-in-Residence Gary S. Griffin.
2005-2006Brookside School, Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Artist-in-Residence: worked with fifth-grade art classes for a semester.
2005-2006Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Student activities at CAA: Studio Council President, Student Art Auction Chair, Interdisciplinary critique club.
2005Interlochen Center for Arts, Interlochen, MI
Summer Faculty: planned a six-week curriculum and taught metals to high school and junior high students, including piercing, soldering, filing, marriage of metals, inlay, chain-making, and enameling. Desk critiques, design development and slide lectures.
2000-2004Jewelry Designer, Arden Jewelry Manufacturing Company, Johnston, RI
Designed jewelry and accessories for fashion-oriented national apparel companies, clients include Chico’s, Kohl’s, Express, Limited, American Eagle, Urban Outfitter’s, BeBe, and White House & Black Market. Managed projects, researched and interpreted trends. Traveled to Hong Kong and mainland China twice yearly to source and analyze new materials, design and assist in production.
2001-2004Sondra Sherman, Pawtucket, RI
Jeweler’s Assistant: fabricated one-of-the-kind jewelry pieces.
1999-2004RISD Foundation Studies, Providence, RI
Guest Critic: served as visiting critic for Tom Mills' Foundation Studies Drawing Class.
1999RISD Apparel Department, Providence, RI
Jewelry Designer: created accessories and closures for the Apparel Department Senior Collection.
1999RISD Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department, RISD, Providence, RI
Teaching Assistant: taught and gave demonstrations in "Introduction to Jewelry" college level class, including piercing, soldering, filing, stone setting, marriage of metals, and cold connections. Desk critiques, design development.

AWARDS
2007Artist Residency, Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China.
2006-2007Fulbright Fellowship to China P.R., J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
2006Robert C. Larson Venture Award, Cranbrook Academy of Art.
2005-2006DeSalle Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art.
2005Mel Someroski Memorial AwardMetamorphosis Enamelist Society Exhibition.
2005Nominee for Horizon Award, Museum of Arts and Design.
2004/2005Educational Endowment Scholarship, Society of North American Goldsmiths
2004/2005Education Foundation Scholarship, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America.
2004/2005Graduate Education Scholarship, Women’s Jewelry Association
2004Graduate Fellowship Nominee, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

EXHIBITIONS
2008Political Craft, Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA. Invitational exhibit of selected artists.
2008Equal Footing: material, process, concepts. National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN. Selected works of Cranbrook Academy of Art Metalsmithing alumni.
2007ArtWorks II, Anton art center, Mt.Clemens, MI and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI. Selected works from the Daimler Chrysler Contemporary Art Exhibition.
2007Once Upon a time…, Sydney College of Art, Sydney, Australia and Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. Traveling group exhibition.
2007Silhouettes of Memory, Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China
Artist-in-Residence solo exhibition.
2006The Art of Enameling, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Selected works featured in the book The Art of Enameling (Lark Books, 2004).
2005-2006DaimlerChrysler Contemporary Art Exhibition, Farmington Hills, MI
Interdisciplinary Group exhibition of selected Cranbrook Academy of Art student works
2005Faculty Exhibition, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
Summer faculty group exhibition, visual arts gallery.
2005Metamorphosis, Arrowmont School of Arts and Design, Gatlinburg, TN
Enamelist Society Exhibitions.
2004Metalica, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Metalsmithing Departmental Exhibition.
2002-2004RISD on the Road Jewelry Exhibit, USA
National juried exhibition of 25 alumni, touring to The Works Gallery, Sienna Gallery, Shaw Contemporary Jewelry Gallery, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Widney Moore Gallery, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, Yaw Gallery, Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry, SOFA Chicago, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
2001Centennial Arts & Craft Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
Group exhibition of contemporary crafts.
2001Impression/Expression II, Martina & Company, Providence, RI
Group exhibition of RISD Jewelry & Light Metals alumni.
2001Jewellery. Apeldoorn’s Choice, Van Reekum Museum Apledoorn, The Netherlands
Selected works of 30 international jewelers
2000Annual International Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Group exhibition of senior and graduate student works
2000Senior Invitational Show, Woods-Gerry Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI
Selected works by graduating seniors.
2000Senior Thesis Exhibition, Woods-Gerry Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI
Thesis works by Jewelry & Light Metals seniors.

LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
2007Artist-In-Residence Lecture, Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China
2006Artist Lecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China
2006Scholarship Night finale speaker, Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI
2006“Plique-a-Jour” demonstration and presentation, Cleveland Institute of Art, OH
2005Faculty lecture, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI

PUBLICATIONS
2007“Tzu-Ju Chen.” SoGuide, no. 42 (2007): 147, 148, 149.
2006“Tzu-Ju Chen.” Jewelry Arts & Lapidary Journal 60, no. 5 (2006): cover, 26, 27, 28.
2006“Tzu-Ju Chen.” Metalsmith 26, no. 4 (2006).
2006“Tzu-Ju Chen.” Metro Detroit Bride 5, (2006): 87, 97.
2005Lilyan Branch. Contemporary Enameling: Art & Techniques. Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., page 137.
2004Darty, Linda. The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration. New York: Lark Books, page 128, 135.
2004“Tzu-Ju Chen.” Colored Stone 17, no.6 (2004): 10.
2004“Tzu-Ju Chen.” Metalsmith 24, no. 4 (2004): 21.
2001Sieraden De Keuze Van Apeldoorn—Jewellery Apeldoorn’s Choice. Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Galerie Marzee, 2001, pp.14-15.
2000Annual International Graduate Show: Exhibition Catalog 2000. Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Galerie Marzee, No. 15 (2000): 26.