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Oi Ying Valerie Ho

Oi Ying Valerie Ho is a jeweler born and raised in Hong Kong. Currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Art Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Boise State University. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 2023, following her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2018.

Valerie’s artistic practice is deeply rooted in her perception of the environment and political landscape, often employing everyday objects as a medium for expression. Her jewelry eloquently encapsulates her identity within the socio-political context of Hong Kong, reflecting her insightful commentary on contemporary issues.

Her work has been showcased in exhibitions worldwide, including “Madrugada: Jewellery and the Politics of Hope” (Lisbon Design Museum, Portugal, 2024, “Brussels Jewellery Week International exhibition PARTICLE[S]” (MAD Brussels, Belgium, 2024), “STORYTELLERS” (Ombré Gallery, United States, 2023), “THE MARZEE INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SHOW” (Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands, 2023), “Battle of the Pins” (Munich Jewelry Week, Germany, 2023) and “SIGNS, SIGNALS, + SYMBOLS” (Baltimore Jewelry Center, United States, 2022).

Statement of Interest:
My introduction to SNAG began during my exchange program at the Main College of Art in 2017, where I first became acquainted with the organization’s influential presence in the world of jewelry and metalsmithing. A year later, receiving a scholarship allowed me to attend the SNAG Conference in Portland, Oregon, an experience that profoundly shaped my perspective and solidified my commitment to the field. During my tenure at RISD, the Educational Endowment Scholarship provided invaluable support for my material and research costs, demonstrating SNAG’s ongoing impact on my academic and artistic journey. Now, the opportunity to commit to SNAG as a leader represents a natural progression—an opportunity for me to give back to the community that has nurtured my growth while continuing to engage with and contribute to the dynamic discourse within our field.

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