Robert Baldridge

Bob Baldridge is a sophmore undergraduate Art major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Though he is currently concentrating on jewelry and metalsmithing, Bob’s first experience working with metal was in 2016 when he attended a weekend blacksmithing workshop at Old Washington State Park in Hope, AR. This played a large role in his decision to pursue a degree in metalsmithing at UA Little Rock. In 2022, Bob attended workshops at Peter’s Valley in Layton, NJ and Pocosin Arts School Of Fine Craft in Colombia, NC. Bob interned at the Baltimore Jewelry Center during the summer of 2023. These experiences have influenced him greatly, helping him to realize a future goal of working or teaching at a similar type of institution.

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A Piece Of Us

Date of Creation: April 20, 2023

List of Materials: Copper, sterling silver, broken mirror

Dimensions: 3.5in. x 2in. x 0.75 in.

Photographer's Name: Anna Culpepper

Other Contributors: Anna Culpepper is fine art photographer born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated with a B.F.A in Photography at UA Little Rock in 2020. she has been published in the PhotoPlace Gallery in 2021. In March 2023, she attended a workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico with photographer, Sal Taylor Kidd. In May 2023, she was named one of five recipients for the artLAUNCH grant at UA Little Rock which will help further growth and learning in her artistic endeavors.

Conceptual Statement: This brooch contains a piece of mirrored glass from my late grandmothers mosaic supplies. While her passing slowly shattered my perception of my family, it also revealed her true role as the glue holding everything together. The making of this piece was not only a grieving process, but an opportunity for self reflection on both my past and future. Image one is a reflection of the balance and harmony that I felt in my childhood, while being completely unaware of its true fragility.

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A Piece Of Us

Date of Creation: 20/04/2023

List of Materials: Copper, sterling silver, broken mirror

Dimensions: 3.5in. x 2in. x 0.75 in.

Photographer's Name: Anna Culpepper

Other Contributors: Anna Culpepper is fine art photographer born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated with a B.F.A in Photography at UA Little Rock in 2020. she has been published in the PhotoPlace Gallery in 2021. In March 2023, she attended a workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico with photographer, Sal Taylor Kidd. In May 2023, she was named one of five recipients for the artLAUNCH grant at UA Little Rock which will help further growth and learning in her artistic endeavors.

Conceptual Statement: This brooch contains a piece of mirrored glass from my late grandmothers mosaic supplies. While her passing slowly shattered my perception of my family, it also revealed her true role as the glue holding everything together. The making of this piece was not only a grieving process, but an opportunity for self reflection on both my past and future. Image two is full of disruption and change; ideas that weighed heavily on my mind while grieving and processing the new reality.

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A Piece Of Us

Date of Creation: 20/04/2023

List of Materials: Copper, sterling silver, broken mirror

Dimensions: 3.5in. x 2in. x 0.75 in.

Photographer's Name: Anna Culpepper

Other Contributors: Anna Culpepper is fine art photographer born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated with a B.F.A in Photography at UA Little Rock in 2020. she has been published in the PhotoPlace Gallery in 2021. In March 2023, she attended a workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico with photographer, Sal Taylor Kidd. In May 2023, she was named one of five recipients for the artLAUNCH grant at UA Little Rock which will help further growth and learning in her artistic endeavors.

Conceptual Statement: This brooch contains a piece of mirrored glass from my late grandmothers mosaic supplies. While her passing slowly shattered my perception of my family, it also revealed her true role as the glue holding everything together. The making of this piece was not only a grieving process, but an opportunity for self reflection on both my past and future. Image three is the aftermath of my loss and grief. Though some things are forever broken, there is a stillness and a calm that brings a chance for reflection.

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