Amelia Toelke’s diverse art practice draws on her training in jewelry and metalsmithing yet transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. A combination of sculpture, collage, and installation, Toelke’s work lies at the intersection of the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, and challenges given conceptions of object, image, reality, and representation. Toelke was selected as an artist in residence at Lanzhou City University in Lanzhou, China in 2015 and in 2016 was an artist in residence at the Brush Creek Center for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming. Most recently, Toelke participated in an international exhibition and art symposium in Tbilisi, Georgia. Toelke currently lives in Chatham, New York.


EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2011
Bachelor of Fine Arts, State University of New York at New Paltz, 2005

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Honeycrisp, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Facade, VisArts, Rockville, MD
2016 Bilingual, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
2015 Rosewater, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
2014 Mother Tongue, Gallery Seescape, Chiang Mai, Thailand

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Out of Site, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
2017 4th Louisiana Biennial, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
2016 Retro/Future, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL
2016 Go For Baroque, The Racine Art Museum, Racine , WI
2016 At Your Service, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
2015 Moving Towards Light, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Reflections from the West, Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou, China
2015 Engendered, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
2015 Dark Metamorphosis, Sydney, Australia
2015 On the Horizon, Sydney, Australia
2014 SCRIPTopia, Dorsky Center for Curatorial Studies, Long Island City, NY
2014 At Your Service, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
2013 Taking Shape, SOFA, Chicago, IL
2013 Texture of Place, 2013 Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY
2013 RE: Position, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
2012 What, Wear, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Sculpt EVV, Evansville, IN
2012 The Decorative Impulse, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum,  Milwaukee, WI
2012 High Tide/Low Tide, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
2011 Relatives, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Bijoux D’Art, Montreal, Quebec
2011 Sculpture Harvest, The Milk Factory, Chicago, IL
2011 Direct Object, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
2011 Connect, Georgetown Art & Cultural Center, Seattle, WA
2010 Realizing the Neo-Palatial, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
2010 Neo-Palatial: Objects of Virtue and Vice, Metalsmith Magazine 2010 EIP
2010 Forward, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

TALKS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS
2016 Bilingual, Exhibition presentation, Coastal Carolina University
2016 At Your Service, curatorial lecture with Niki Johnson, Houston Center for
Contemporary Craft, Houton, TX
2014 Team Up, artist lecture, ChaMeaw, Chiang Mai Design Week, Chiang Mai,
Thailand
2014 At Your Service, curatorial lecture with Niki Johnson, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
2014 At Your Service, curatorial lecture with Niki Johnson, Oregon College of Art and Craft, OR
2014 Artist talk, University of Oregon at Eugene, OR
2013 Taking Shape: Windgate Fellows and the Future of Craft, SOFA, Chicago, IL
2013 Pretty Things, Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference
2013 Enamelled Botanicals Workshop, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY
2012 The Decorative Impulse, Panel Talk, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum,
Milwaukee, WI
2009 Artist Panel Discussion, Murray State University, Murray, KY

RESIDENCIES
2016 Artist-in-Residence, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY
2015 Visiting Artist, Lanzhou City University, established in cooperation with the
Dunhuang Creative Center, Lanzhou, China

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
2012-2016, At Your Service, Co-Curator, Niki Johnson
2015 Life, One Life, Group exhibition of Northern Thai artists, Northai, Chiang Rai, Co-Curator, Anthony Irwin

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2012 Wool Fountain, Field Fence, commissioned by the Campaign for Wool, Bryant
Park, New York, NY
2010 Chain My Heart, collaborative project sponsored by the Wisconsin Percent for Art
Program, Madison, WI

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS
2017 In the galleries: Strangely familiar objects for the eyes and ears; Mark Jenkins; The Washington Post
2016 Fashioning Function: Redefining the Belt Buckle, Emily Stoehrer; Metalsmith Magazine
2015 Beyond Unwearable—The Changing Site of Body; Adorned Spaces: A. Toelke And K. Sword; Courtney Kemp, Art Jewelry Forum, November 2015
2014 Unique by Design, Introduction, Suzanne Ramljak; page 49; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 2014
2014 Bellevue Arts Exhibit Puts Plates at the Head of the Table, Nancy Worssam; exhibition review for At Your Service, Seattle Times, March 2014
2013 The Windgate Fellowship: Crafting Excellence; Ashley Callahan, Ornament Magazine
2010 Neo-Palatial: Objects of Virtue and Vice; Garth Clark; Metalsmith Magazine Exhibition in Print
2009 500 Enameled Objects: A Celebration of Color on Metal; published by Lark Books