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Jewelry of Robert Ebendorf Displayed in OWU's Ross Museum


September 15, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Brooches, bracelets, and necklaces are key pieces of Robert Ebendorf's jewelry now on display in Ohio Wesleyan University's Richard M. Ross Art Museum. But then there are the napkin rings, photos, containers, holoware and assorted drawings. In total, more than 70 art objects are in the exhibition—"Past and Present: A Continual Journey," which can be seen until October 2 on campus.

"Robert Ebendorf is one of the most renowned studio jewelers in the world," says Professor of Fine Arts, Cynthia Cetlin. She and Professor Justin Kronewetter, Director of the Ross Museum, are co-curators of the exhibition. Cetlin first met the artist while she was doing her graduate work at SUNY New Paltz, which has one of the most outstanding metals program in the country.

"People flocked to study with Bob Ebendorf," she remembers. "He is a dynamic, inspiring teacher and a remarkable artist." Currently teaching at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he has served as the Carole Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor since 1999, Ebendorf combines traditional goldsmithing

techniques with collage and non-traditional materials in the same body of work. The latter include such objects ranging from crab claws to Formica ColorCore.

Ebendorf's work is found in permanent museum collections in the United States and around the world—eight countries and 14 states-- including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum), in New York City, the National Museum of Modern Art in Seoul, Korea, and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales.

Ebendorf will be on campus to conduct workshops for OWU students and will present an illustrated talk on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the R.W. Corns Building, room 312. A reception for the artist will occur in the galleries of the Ross Art Museum following Ebendorf's talk. Admission to the talk is free and all are invited to attend.

The Ross Museum is located at 60 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Saturday. For additional information, please contact the museum at 740-368-3606 or at ramuseum@owu.edu