Born in Chatham New York in 1983, Amelia Toelke’s work is a combination of sculpture and installation touching on the intersection of the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional.Toelke’s interest in collaboration and public art guides much of her practice, with recent projects for the Wisconsin Percent for Art Program, the city of Evansville, Indiana and a 2016 site specific work in The Republic of Georgia’s Artisterium project. During the summer of 2015 Toelke was selected as an artist in residence at Lanzhou City University in Lanzhou, China, and in 2016 she was an artist in residence at the Brush Creek Center for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming. With a BFA in metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MFA in visual art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Toelke has exhibited nationally and internationally.


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 Title TBD, VisArts, Rockville, MD, (upcoming)
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
2016 Retro/Future, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL
          Go For Baroque, The Racine Art Museum, Racine , WI
At Your Service, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
2015 Moving Towards Light, Melbourne, Australia
Reflections from the West, Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou, China
Engendered, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
          Dark Metamorphosis, Sydney, Australia
          On the Horizon, Sydney, Australia
2014 SCRIPTopia, Dorsky Center for Curatorial Studies, Long Island City, NY
At Your Service, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
2013 Taking Shape, SOFA, Chicago, IL
Texture of Place, 2013 Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY
RE: Position, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
2012 What, Wear, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY
Sculpt EVV, Evansville, IN
The Decorative Impulse, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum,  Milwaukee, WI
High Tide/Low Tide, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
2011 Relatives, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Bijoux D’Art, Montreal, Quebec
Sculpture Harvest, The Milk Factory, Chicago, IL
Direct Object, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
Connect, Georgetown Art & Cultural Center, Seattle, WA
2010 Realizing the Neo-Palatial, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
Neo-Palatial: Objects of Virtue and Vice, Metalsmith Magazine 2010 EIP
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
           At Your Service, curatorial lecture with Niki Johnson, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
           At Your Service, curatorial lecture with Niki Johnson, Oregon College of Art and
Craft, OR
Artist talk, University of Oregon at Eugene, OR
2013 Taking Shape: Windgate Fellows and the Future of Craft, SOFA, Chicago, IL
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
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