Clayton Salley

Clayton Salley (Student)

Clayton Salley is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, contemporary art jeweler, metalsmith, and a current MFA candidate and instructor studying Jewelry and Metal Arts with Professor Kee-ho Yuen at the University of Iowa. Salley previously studied traditional metalsmithing processes and conceptual art jewelry history with Professor Robly Glover and Professor Nancy Slagle at Texas Tech University.

Salley was the Emerging Artist Presenter at the 2024 Texas Metals Symposium, where he also installed an electroforming tank and co-conducted an electroforming workshop with Professor Kee-ho Yuen (University of Iowa). His artwork was featured in the international exhibition, “Refined 2023,” juried by Frankie Flood. Beginning in June 2024, Salley’s artwork will be exhibited in the Dubuque Museum of Art’s, “Craft Invitational, 2024” exhibition. Salley has received a U.S. Fulbright Open Study/Research award to travel to Taiwan in September 2024 to undertake 10-month training in advanced traditional hollowware metalsmithing processes with Professor Amal Yung-huei Chao at the Tainan National University of the Arts. His project will result in interdisciplinary artworks that bridge ancient and modern metalsmithing crafts.

Clayton is running as a Student Board Member.

Statement of Interest:
As a SNAG member since 2021, I intend to serve on the SNAG board to reinvigorate an art movement toward craft mastery within metalsmithing and wearable artforms. The 21st-century shift within contemporary North American art jewelry and metalsmithing artforms, and its progression towards conceptual ideas and the connotative impact of material choices, can be traced directly to the influence of academia. As a result, our art field often neglects the importance of craft as content, and we risk a disconnect from our ancient metallurgical roots. By serving on the SNAG board, I will be a strong advocate for bridging modern and traditional craft processes within the academic and commercial fields our craft and art forms exist within. My hope is to help make SNAG craft educational programming more attainable, relevant, and inclusive for diverse audiences across the world to help preserve the craft history for the 22nd-century generation of artists.

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