LOOKING FORWARD
contemporary blacksmithing and metal design symposium at Bryn Athyn College

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Maegan Crowley

Maegan owns and operates “Iron Maegan Metalworks” in Dolores, Colorado where she produces custom metalwork for residential, public and commercial sites. From this small town she has created a client base that spans the country producing anything from railings or fireplace accessories to cabinet hardware and furniture, all with a modern aesthetic and impeccable craftsmanship.

Maegan is passionate about material exploration and uses it as a vehicle to create sculpture. She draws her inspiration from plant life, mostly from the southwest region where she lives. The work she creates strives to emphasize the beauty of detail found in nature and preserve it’s ephemeral gestures of form.

Maegan earned a BFA from University of the Arts in Metalsmithing and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is in private collections and is exhibited nationally.

She has taught blacksmithing workshops at Haystack, Penland, Ox-Bow, Peters Valley School of Craft and the New England school of Metalwork, and has demonstrated at numerous regional blacksmithing conferences across the country.

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Jeff Goldstein

With a background in ecology, Jeff brings an interest in the relationship between people and buildings to their physical surroundings. He is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and the State of Delaware. Jeff has taught sustainability, technology, and design studios at Temple University, and has served as a guest critic and lecturer at numerous design schools. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Design Collaborative. Jeff served as Co-Captain of the University of Pennsylvania Men's Basketball Team and has spent the past several years getting reacquainted with his bicycle.

Hoss Haley

Hoss Haley (b. 1961, Dodge, Kansas) is a conceptually focused American sculptor and painter creating and residing in Asheville, North Carolina. A Kansas native, Haley studied blacksmithing for many years in Texas and New Mexico before turning his focus to sculpture. Despite a long career and many travels, his creations clearly depict the power and influence, both conceptual and aesthetic, of the western landscape of his youth. Through decades of sculptural process, Haley’s work has discernibly evolved from literal to theoretical, while simultaneously shifting in scale from intimate to monumental. Master metalworking and expertise in creating large format sculpture have culminated in several major collections and commissions in the public art sector. In tandem with a full-time art career, Haley has participated consistently in the intellectual/academic aspects of visual art through over 30 positions as: artist in residence; keynote speaker; instructor, and presenter throughout the country.

Ana Lopez

Ana M. Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. Her creative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include You Are (the) Here at the Brookline Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Industrial Arts at the Terminal 136 Gallery at the Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She served as juror for the 2015 Materials Hard & Soft national craft exhibition was a presenter at the 2015 East Carolina University Material Topics Symposium and 2017 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference. She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas and will serve as a Maker-Creator Fellow at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Winterthur Delaware in 2019.