Alumnus Set to Exhibit Metal Workings at the 40th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show

March 3, 2022
“Still Moscow” Metalsmithing; Patina

Graduate of the Craft and Material Studies program was accepted into the 2022 Smithsonian Craft Show, for the first time.

Bryan Rees (‘21) was accepted into the prestigious Show for his metal work. Rees’ goal is to create three-dimensional objects that invite personal interaction, and more than just a mere passing glance at his work. In recent work, Rees has incorporated chasing and repousse into his work, a metalworking technique where malleable metal is shaped by hammering the opposite side to create designs.

“I believe that it allows and welcomes new possibilities for creating patterns and personality,” Rees says. “By hammering and pushing metal to its literal breaking point is such a fascinating and rewarding process, you get to see such beautiful forms that can be brought to life.”

The Smithsonian Craft Show is in its 40th year, and has planned a five-day event that features contemporary artists and innovators—creating new futures for craft. 

The theme is “New Directions” and focuses on new directions in design and production, ways to embrace sustainability, use of new materials and technologies, and more.

The show will run April 20 – April 24 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.