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J. E. Paterak

1994 Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1988 Hungarian University of Fine Arts Independent 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

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

2020 Artist in Residence Monson Arts
2020 Craft Apprentice Program Grant funded by Maine Craft Association and Maine Arts Commission
2019 Artist in Residence Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
2019 Artist in Residence Fiore Art Center, Rolling Acres Farm Jefferson, ME an affiliate program managed through Maine Farmland Trust.
2018-19 Project Grant Maine Arts Commission, partial grant for new body of work and exhibition, Intimate Universe.
2014 HewnOaks Residency Lovell, Maine
2000 Good Idea Grant Maine Arts Commission
1998 Anderson Jurors Award Cherry Creek Arts Festival
1992-94 Robert P Daisley Merit Award Cranbrook Academy
1991 Mary Beason Bishop Award Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Jewelry Designer’s Way with Words, Winter 1998

2020 Fiore Art Residents, an exhibition of 2019 residents work, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Belfast Maine [ONLINE]
2020 Haystack Gallery, invitational to represent the 2019 residents, Deer Isle, ME [CANCELLED]
2020 Pickwick, part of the alumni portfolio on display, Portland Public Library [CANCELLED AFTER OPENING]
2020 Twenty, Celebrating 20 years of the Art-space Zero Station, Portland, Maine
2019 Intimate Universe solo exhibition - this exhibition was made possible with a grant by the Maine Arts Commission, Zero Station Portland Maine

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.


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

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 Retrospective 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, using the pen name Lucia Ray, 2004 February


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

Additional education
2012-2018 Certificate of Sustainable Ecology Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
2014 Certificate, Historic Landscape Institute at Monticello, VA and University of Virginia
1994-2014 Haystack Mountains School of Crafts, Maine Penland, North Carolina and Metalwerx, Massachusetts - Workshops with master craftsman, goldsmiths and silversmiths such as Harlan Butt, Michael Good, John Paul Miller, Pat Flynn, Barbara Seidenath, Mi Sook Hur, Kate Wolf and others
2007-2009 Studied botany and horticulture at Southern Maine Community College

Organizational Affiliations
Society of North American Goldsmiths | current 2019-2020
American Craft Council | member since 1994
Maine Crafts Association | member & represented in the Portland shop
Maine Mycological Association | member and photographer
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | regular volunteer herbarium project
Architalx - Advisory Board 2010-present, Board Member and Vice President 2007-2010