SUSAN HAMLET: Biography
Susan Hamlet received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to teaching at UMass Dartmouth, she taught at Oklahoma State University, Skidmore College and Swain School of Design. Susan teaches Jewelry/Metals in Artisanry in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and presently serves as Graduate Program Director for the Artisanry Department.
Susan received two Craftsman's Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979 and 1988, and the Society of Arts and Crafts Biennial Award in 1994. She's produced large scale metal commissions for AT&T in Washington DC, Bank One Center in Cleveland OH, and for David and Lynn Burkett of Monroe, Louisiana.
Along with participating in national invitational exhibitions, Hamlet's work has been shown in group international exhibitions: Musee des Arts Decoratifs/Paris, Linzer Instut fur Gestaltung/Austria, Kulturhuset, Stockholm/Sweden, Museum Bellerive Zurich/Switzerland, Art Gallery of Western Australia/Perth, University of Central England Birmingham/UK, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts/Canada, and International Craft Fair '07 Seoul/Korea.
Her work is in the following selected private collections: Ronald Abramson, Washington DC, Malcolm and Sue Knapp NYC, Robert Pfannebecker Lancaster, PA, Gail Brown Philadelphia, PA, Karen Johnson Boyd Racine, WI, and Jeffrey Brown/Kathy Corwin Milton, MA. Pieces within public collections include: Coopers Lybrant Corp. Columbus, OH, Wichita Museum of Art Wichita, KS, Monmouth Art Museum Lincroft, NJ, Fuller Craft Museum Brockton, MA, Museum of Art and Design New York, Daphne Farago Collection/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Helen Williams Drutt Collection/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and National Museum of Modern Art - Kyoto, Japan.
Out of my growing appreciation for historical metalwork and ornamental language, I seek to combine 'known' elements in ways to yield an imaginary world where the likely and unlikely collide or collaborate. My jewelry and metalwork incorporates metaphor, allusion, and associations both literal and obscure toward lyrical expression. Through this use of imagery within wearable or functional formats, I strive to offer an array of clues to enjoy and reflect upon.