j.e. paterak  | studio artist j.e. paterak | studio artist


I am an artist, jeweler by training, photographer by habit, de facto nature addict/planet advocate and walker for life. My skills span fine art, design, metalsmithing, and more recently ecological horticulture. 


1994 Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1987- 88 Képzőművészeti Egyetem Post-grad studies, Budapest, Hungary
1986 Massachusetts College of Art BFA with honors, Boston, MA
1985 Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences Semester exchange, New York, NY

Additional education

2012-2018 Certificate of Sustainable Ecology Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
1994-2015 Haystack Mountains School of Crafts, Maine Penland, North Carolina and Metalwerx, Massachusetts - Workshops with master craftsman
2014 Certificate, Historic Landscape Institute at Monticello, VA and University of Virginia
2007-2009 Studied botany and horticulture at Southern Maine Community College


2019 Haystack Residency, (upcoming May-June), Deer Isle Maine
2019 Joseph Fiore Art Center Residency (Maine Farmland Trust- upcoming August), Jefferson, Maine
2018-19 Project Grant Maine Arts Commission, partial grant for new body of work and exhibition, Intimate Universe- June 
2014 HewnOaks Residency Lovell, Maine
2000 Good Idea Grant Maine Arts Commission
1998 Anderson Jurors Award Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado
1992-94 Robert P Daisley Merit Award Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1991 Mary Beason Bishop Award Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA Infinite Knowledge neckpiece acquired 2007
Chodokorf Collection Detroit, MI Out of Context neckpiece acquired 1994


Hope Through Art Zero Station exhibition to benefit Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project write-up by Bob Keyes for Maine Today, 2017
TopoPhilia Portland and Ways of Knowing Place Zero Station, exhibition and invitation to present and have panel discussion with artists, Osher Map Library Portland, 2016
The Other Biennial plum, Portland, ME, article in Portland Press (PPH) by Bob Keyes, 2003
Primary Zero Station, South Portland, ME, reviewed by Phil Isaacson, for PPH, 2000

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 1-3 day workshops 2003, 2013, 2018
Maine College of Art Continuing Studies courses 1994-2001
Future Builders Scarborough, ME, co-taught with Pauline Warg 1994-96

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Various workshops, 1994 - 2004
Cranbrook Academy of Art Shop Tech, Metals Department under Gary Griffin, 1993-94
Massachusetts College of Art Print Shop Tech Assistant, 1985-1986


Discovery; Fifty Years of Craft Experience At Haystack Mountain School of Craft 2004, Edited by Carl Little, essay and image
Metalsmith Review of J.Fred Woell at Élan Gallery, Rockland, Maine, 2005 Vol. 25 no 3
Metalsmith Studio Visit : Dan Jocz photos and text, 2004 Vol. 24 no 3
Metalsmith Review: From the Centre to the Edge, an exhibition at Maine College of Art - ICA Gallery, Portland, ME, 2000   Vol. 20 no 5
Rescue Magazine Comparative Roses, using the pen name Lucia Ray, 2004 February

Jewelry: books
500 Earrings Lark Books, Juried by Alan Revere, 2007
1000 Rings Lark books, Invited by Robert Ebendorf , 2004
Discovery; Fifty Years of Craft Experience At Haystack Mountain School of Craft Edited by Carl Little, 2004
The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets Brynmorgen Press by Tim McCreight, 1999
Jewelry; Fundamentals of Metalsmithing Brynmorgen Press by Tim McCreight, 1997

Jewelry: magazines and journals
Ornament featured article The Creative Endeavor by Carl Little, Summer 2002
Maine Sunday Telegram Featured article The Craft Question by Bob Keyes 4.27.2003
New England Craft Connoisseur  A Trio of Jewelers Call the Shots, Winter 2003
Portfolio of Boston All that Glitters, Winter 2003
Metalsmith - Exhibition in Print Special Edition, 1996
American Craft Featured artist Gallery Section, Winter/Spring 2002
Ornament Crafts at the Castle Preview, 1999
American Craft Portfolio Artist, June/July 1998
New England Craft Connoisseur A Jewelry Designer’s Way with Words, Winter 1998

Wild Seed Project - Annual publication/magazine. Cover illustration (and content) in the 2nd (2017) and 3rd (2018) editions

Organizational Affiliations
Architalx - Advisory Board 2010-present, Board Member 2007-2010
Maine Arts Commission
American Craft Council
Maine Crafts Association
Maine Mycological Association
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens & herbarium project volunteer

Exhibition history
I exhibited regionally in New England from 1986-1990 as a painter and printmaker. After graduate school from 1994-2004 I worked solely in the metalsmithing field, and exhibited extensively during this time throughout the US. I now consider this exhibition record archival, and I am looking forward to building a new exhibition record based on new work.