Amelia Toelke is a visual artist whose work engages the language of  jewelry to explore the complex negotiation between identity, culture, and adornment. Toelke’s work activates the space between object and image, reality and representation, revealing her long-time infatuation with flatness. Through a palette of recurring imagery and tropes her work seeks the point where humor and sentimentality meet. Toelke currently lives in Chatham, NY.


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 AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2020 Title TBD, two-person exhibition, Alma’s RVA, Richmond, VA (upcoming)
2020 Worn, two-person exhibition, Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, NY (upcoming)
2019 Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA
2018 Gem Friends, solo presentation for NYC Jewelry Week, New York, NY 
2017 New Works, Spencertown Art Academy, Spencertown, NY
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
2019 Lonely Hearts Club, New York, NY
2019 Bling Party, Chicago, IL
2019 Drawing Down, The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD
2019 Schmuck/Schmock, Temp Contemp, Brunswick, Australia
2019 Mohawk Invitational, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY
2018 #Fail #Success, New York, NY
2018 Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibit, SUNY Albany Art Museum
2018 Glenlily Grounds Sculpture Show, Newburgh, NY
2018 Worn (UN) Worn, Portland OR
2018 All That Glitters, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA
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
2020 Gold leaf Collage, workshop at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Hunterdon, NJ, (upcoming)
2020 Underpin: Exploring Pins and Brooches, Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL (upcoming)
2019 Enameling Demonstration, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2019 Artist Talk, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2019 Flat Objects, workshop, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
2019 Solder It, workshop, Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ
2019 The Cut and Paste Goldsmith, workshop, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2018 Intro to Enameling, workshop, Peters Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ
2017 Lucky Charms, workshop, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Enameling, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
2017 Home Sweet Home, Artist Talk, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
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
2020 The Women’s Studio Workshop (upcoming)
2020 Pentaculum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
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 AND COMMISSIONS
2019 Custom Artwork for New York City Jewelry Week 2019
2019 Welcome, public art sculpture, Rochester, NY
2018 Custom Artwork for New York City Jewelry Week 2018
2018 This Way, sculptural signage for Sienna Patti pop-up exhibition, San Francisco, CA
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
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
2019 Colors, patterns stand out at Albany Center Gallery; Indiana Nash; The Daily Gazette
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