"Fur" body adornment

The jewelry and body adornments of award-winning artist Lonna Keller have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Major collections of Keller's work are held by the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and by private collectors, John and Louise Rauh.

Keller received an M.F.A. in metalsmithing in 1998 from the University of Iowa, a B.F.A. in metalsmithing and a B.S. in sociology/anthropology in 1994 from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Selected Invitational Exhibitions

2012   Hanging Around: MAD Necklaces, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2011   24 Jewelers = 24 Chains, Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine

The Third Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition: Raising Expectations, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

LUXurious- Lux 2011 Jewelry Trunk Show, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska

2009   Jewelry in Motion V, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (Gail Brown, Curator)

2008   Metals Iowa: Making Connections, Russian State Pedagogical University, College of Art, St. Petersburg, Russia

Studies in Ornamentation, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2007   Interlaced, Oregon College of Art & Crafts, Portland, OR

Contemporary Jewelry of Uncommon Media and Form, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Flirting with Seduction, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wearable Art Runway Show, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2006   Simple and Elegant - Bold and Provocative, Bella Joli, Iowa City, Iowa

The Edges of Grace, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, (curator Gail Brown),

2005   Unzipped, Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, Iowa

Out of Fashion 'Cutting edge designs that fall out of fashion and into art', Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Art Jewelry 2005, Lagman Gallery, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

2005 Craft Gallery exhibition and sale, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, New Jersey

Dressed to the Nines, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

Holiday Exhibition, ArtSpace of Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa

2004   Ready To Wear, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin (curator Lena Vigna)

Exhibition of Current and Former Students of the University of Iowa Metalsmithing and Jewelry Program, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007   Material Matters, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Saint Joseph, Missouri

Stretching the Threads, Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

2003   Jewels and Gems, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

2002   Material Explorations: wearable objects of non-traditional materials, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York (jurors Chris Irick and Tacey Rosolowski)

2001   Metal Works 2001, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, Iowa (juror Don Friedlich)

1999   Sensuous Body Ornamentation, Treasures, Iowa City, Iowa

30 Years of Inspiration, Studiolo, Iowa City, Iowa

1998   New Generation Graduate Exhibition, Shaw Studio Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan

Group Show, Noyse Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Wearable Expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California (juror Joanne Rapp)

1997   La Petite V (A Small Format Show), Alder Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

1996   Woman 2 Woman, SOHO Gallery, Pensacola, Florida

Museum Collections

2009   Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

1999   Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Selected Publications

2011   500 Silver Jewelry Designs, Marthe Le Van, Lark Crafts, New York, NY

2008   Art Jewelry Today 2, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, PA

2003   Art Jewelry Today, Dona Meilach, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, PA

2002   Metalsmith Magazine, "Exhibition in Print", Biba Schutz, Helen Shirk, Joe Wood

2001   Iowa Alumni Magazine, February 2001. "Wearable Treasures", p. 49

2000   Metalsmith Magazine, "Consciously Adorned", Tacey Rosolowsky

Honors and Awards

2007   Award of Excellence - American Craft Council

2002   Lecturer and demonstrator at arts conference "The Art of Fine Craft", Lincoln, Nebraska

2001   Received an Emerging Artist Grant from the American Craft Council

Received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council