Elizabeth McDevitt


1951, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Training / Education:

  • 1999-2004 Valentin Yotkov Studio Workshops in Chasing and Repousse, Brooklyn, New York USA
  • 2003 David Freda Workshop: 3-D Enameling, Enamelist Society Conference,
    Olympia, Washington USA
  • 2003 Jamie Bennett Workshop: Enameling in Detail, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California USA
  • 2003 Pikes Peak Community College, Enameling, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 2002 Giovanni Corvaja Workshop: Platinum Techniques, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado USA
  • 2001 Scuola Internazionale dell'Arte dei Metalli di Bino Bini, Chasing and Repousse presentation, Florence, Italy
  • 2001 Hiroko and Gene Pijanowski Workshop, Japanese Chiseling and Inlay,
    Arapahoe Community College USA
  • 1999 Connie Brauer Workshop: Enameling, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado USA
  • 1998 Asai Shoji Workshop: Traditional Japanese High Relief Chasing, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin USA
  • 1998 Mosaic Workshop, Taos Institute of Art, Taos, New Mexico USA
  • 1997 Jeff Wise Workshop: Lapidary Techniques, Taos Institute of Art, Taos, New Mexico USA
  • 1997 Marilyn Nicholson Workshop: Mechanisms, Taos Institute of Art, Taos, New Mexico USA
  • 1989,1990 Gemological Institute of America, Basic and Advanced Stone Setting
  • 1989, 1990 Jewelry Arts Institute: Ancient jewelry techniques, New York, NY USA
  • 1982-1985 Avedis Seferian Studio: Apprenticeship in Fine Jewelry, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1982-1982 Cleveland Institute of Art, Granulation and Repousse (with John Paul Miller, Cleveland, Ohio USA
  • 1977-1980 University of Massachusetts, M.A. Art History, Amherst, Massachusetts USA
  • 1975-1977 Herbert Heller Company, Apprenticeship in Goldsmithing, Boston, Massachusetts USA
  • 1974-1975 Seck Jewelers, Apprenticeship in traditional African jewelry, Dakar, Senegal

Work Experience:

  • 2003-present Pikes Peak Community College, Adjunct Professor of Jewelry making, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
  • 1984-1985 American University , Lecturer- History of Ancient Gold Technology, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1983-1985 Ethnographic Museum, Editor, Catalogue Raisonne of the 19th Century Jewelry Collection, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1981-1982 The Cleveland Museum of Art, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Islamic Art, Cleveland, Ohio USA
  • 1980 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Graduate Fellow, Departments of Islamic Art and Arms and Armor, New York, NY USA
  • 1977 Harvard Graduate School of Education, Adult Education Classes, Instructor in Jewelry, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
  • 1973-1975 Peace Corps Volunteer, Senegal, West Africa

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):

  • October 8 - 13 International Art and Design Fair (Charon Kransen Arts)
  • September 18 - October 30 2004 “Historical Connections: group exhibition
    Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • September - October 2004 Group Exhibit, Tointon Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
  • April - July 2004 “The Perfect Collection: A Shared Vision for Contemporary Craft” group exhibition, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Spring 2004 SOFA New York (Mobilia Gallery)
  • January 2003 Palm Beach Contemporary, Palm Beach, Florida (Charon Kransen Arts)
  • Fall 2003 SOFA Chicago (Mobilia Gallery)
  • October 2003 “Botanicals” group show, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • July - August 2003 “Minute to Massive: All Monumental” group show, Cultureclash Gallery, Salida, Colorado
  • June - July 2003 “Art for the Ear” group show, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusett
  • Spring 2003 SOFA New York (Mobilia Gallery)
  • March 2003 ArtForm (Charon Kransen Arts), Palm Beach, Florida
  • June - August 2002 “Steel City: Contemporary Americans in Metal” group show, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, Colorado
  • February-March 2002 “Jewelry in Painting” group show, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Fall 2002 SOFA Chicago (Mobilia Gallery)
  • Spring 2002 SOFA New York (Mobilia Gallery)
  • 2001-2002 “The Ring” group show, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts (traveling to the Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin; The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; University of Texas at El Paso;
  • The Gallery, Ruthin, Wales, UK
  • December 2001 “Holiday Show” group show, OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
  • June 2001 “The Missing Link” group show, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • May 2001 “Fathers Day Show” group show, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • April-May 2000 “Found Precious Found” group show, OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland


  • 1000 Rings, Lark Books. 2002
  • “Blow By Blow” by Suzanne Wade, AJM Vol. 47, No. 6, June, 2003
  • Exhibition Review, “Jewelry from Painting, Metalsmith, Winter,

Artist Statement:

It is my passion to search for beauty with my hands. The ancient skills of the goldsmith, handwork techniques passed down in an unbroken tradition; inspire me to create small objects with graceful form and complex surface textures. The concept of beauty is a personal one, and it is essentially linked to the visual/experiential history of the artist/maker. It is in a way, autobiographical.