NomineeSusie Ganch
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Describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria for the IMPACT Award. Maximum 5000 characters.

I have collaborated with Susie Ganch multiple times over the past 8 years. Our relationship began in 2017, when we designed an educational symposium for Radical Jewelry Makeover at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Since then Susie has become a wonderful mentor and partner to me, and I highly admire her. As the founder of Radical Jewelry Makeover and the strongest proponent for ethical metalsmithing in the field of contemporary jewelry and metals, Susie is a lighthouse for myriad educators and artists.

In 2007, Susie co-founded Radical Jewelry Makeover, an innovative community mining project that raises awareness of the connection between mining, metalsmithing, activism, collaboration and art. The project is both performance and event, linking recycling, reuse and collaborative work sessions with the creation of unique, innovative, handmade jewelry, concluding with an exhibition and reception. To date, Susie has collaborated with educators and institutions both in the USA and around the world to develop and implement over 25 iterations of RJM.

Susie serves on the education committee for Ethical Metalsmiths and helps facilitate their student-led annual exhibition. She is a founder and facilitator of a project called The International State of Practice which interrogates classrooms and curricula in an effort to meaningfully integrate social justice and environmental justice into the teaching of art and craft in higher education.

Susie is incredibly well-known in our small (but mighty!) field of metals and jewelry higher education. Her commitment to educating both new and established artists and makers about the environmental impact of their practice is not just innovative; it happens to be one of the most important mantles an educator in our field has ever taken on. Because of her dedication to ethical metalsmithing, over three dozen colleges and universities have drastically shifted the way they source materials and maintain studios, all for the greater benefit of the environment.

Susie is an incredible educator and mentor. In my role over the past decade, I have mentored over 45 resident artists and hired and supported over 25 educators. Given the small nature of our field, I have been able to ascertain a sense of the culture and atmosphere of the various programs where these individuals were educated. It has always stood out to me how Susie shapes her students’ making practice towards a broader commitment to ethical methodology. The students who Susie has educated and mentored always stand out to me, and they are individuals who I would choose to work with again and again. Through RJM, Susie has established a project that will continue to have a meaningful impact on future generations of jewelry and metals students.

Susie is highly sought after as an educator and artist in the field. She has been selected to more than 20 residencies, invited to teach workshops or be a guest speaker at over 30 schools and organizations, and been selected to exhibit in over 50 exhibitions. Recently the Department of Teaching and Learning in Art and Design at RISD developed a program called “Radical Pedagogy” modeled on the Radical Jewelry Makeover project. She is also in the early stages of launching an audio-based project with the art department at Colorado State University Fort Collins that engages artists in documenting their relationship to material use in their studio.

Susie has received over 50 awards and citations in her nearly 30 year career. These include the incredibly prestigious Kohler Arts Residency, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and two awards of distinction from the Virginia Commonwealth University, one for excellence in research and one for excellence in teaching. I think Susie is incredibly deserving of an Impact Award!

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