NomineeBoris T Bally
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Nominee Address12 Clarke Road
Rear Studio Building
Barrington, RI 02806
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Boris Bally is a contemporary metalsmith and designer living in Rhode Island, where he has maintained his studio business, Bally Humanufactured, for over twenty-five years. Bally’s goldsmith training in Switzerland and college metals/art education in the United States provided the foundations from which his explorations of unconventional materials and techniques stem. He has been invited to travel the world to lecture about his artwork, metalsmithing skills, business acumen and exhibitions at prominent craft schools, galleries and symposia, including numerous annual SNAG conferences. Recently, he curated a highly visible anti-violence traveling exhibition, “I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now,” which included artists from six countries. Seventy-eight artists were each sent a disabled handgun to address the pressing social and public health issue of gun violence by harnessing the medium of recycled guns utilizing traditional metalsmithing techniques. Bally created a permanent hard-bound copy of the exhibition which he was able to fully fund via a Kickstarter campaign. Bally’s career, spanning over four decades, has encompassed a full-time metalsmith studio practice, including training assistants and interns. His business model balances working with galleries, stores, non-profits and participating in annual wholesale trade shows while teaching and taking on large and small commissions. He has always maintained an open-door studio policy, giving tours to regional metals programs and their students of all ages, collector groups and political events and fund-raisers with the intent of educating a large cross section of the public about the field of metalsmithing. At the core of Bally’s mission is the desire to create community by freely sharing — and collaborating — with others in the field, and by donating money, artwork and expertise to the organizations which support our distinct field of metalsmithing and jewelry. Throughout his career, Bally’s artwork has addressed various aspects of sustainability, recycling and social justice (HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights, gun violence). The most notables series of work has blurred the boundaries between art, design and craft. He has harnessed reclaimed traffic signs, weapons and found objects to create powerful statements in wearable art, sculpture, furniture, tabletop design and large-scale public installations. His work has spanned one-of-a-kind pieces as well as limited production runs. A metal manufacturing term Bally founded, “Humanufacturing,” became an official technique when author Chris Lefteri included it in his well-known book on Metals.

A full interview of Boris Bally as part of the Smithsonian Institution Oral History interview 2009, May 26-27 by Mija Reidel, (funded by a generous grant from Nanette L. Laitman) may be found here:

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