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Nancy Worden

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2019 SOLA Awards2005 Fellowship Awards
King County



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Out of my System, 18K gold, silver, coral, pearl, found objects, 2.75 x 2.75 x 1.5" , 1994. Photo: Lynn Thompson.

Brigandine for Ishtar, Copper, nickel, brass, steel, glass taxidermy eyes, 21 x 16x 1.5", 2005. Photo credit: Rex Rystedt .

Hologram Hell, Silver, onyx, and credit cards, 8 x 2 1/2 x ½ , 1998. Photo: Rex Rystedt.

Transfer of Power, Silver, copper, glass, leather, artificial hair, and found objects , 27 x 16 x ¾ , 2005 . Photo credit: Rex Rystedt .

Beans in Your Ears, Copper, silver, 14 K, lapis, petrified dinosaur bone, found objects , 24 x 3 1/2 x 3/4 in., 1996. Photo: Rex Rystedt.

Nancy Worden received her BA in studio art from Central Washington University in 1977 and an MFA from the University of Georgia in 1980. She has been exhibiting her work in the US and Europe for more than 30 years. Her jewelry can be found in major public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as many private collections. Her work has been published in Ornament, Metalsmith, American Craft, Sculpture, ARTnews and many books.

In 2009, the Tacoma Art Museum organized a mid-career survey of Worden’s work and produced a full-length monograph, Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden. Worden has been an Artist Trust Fellowship recipient (2005) and was named a Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Central Washington University (2004). She lives in Seattle where she produces artwork that comments on human behavior.

Nancy also received a 1992 GAP.

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