Rachelle Thiewes creates jewelry that is designed to engage and challenge the wearer, making them an active participant, an initiator of sounds and body rhythms. Light, movement, sound, order and chaos are integral elements of her work. Thiewes’ art is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museums of Scotland, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Arts & Design among others. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry, Inspired Jewelry: From the Museum of Arts and Design, Calder Jewelry, Jewellery in Europe and America: New Times New Thinking, American Craft and Metalsmith. In 2009 the Houston Center of Contemporary Craft named Thiewes Texas Master, and in 2010 she was nominated for a United States Artist Fellowship. The Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts honored her with the Access & Excellence in the Arts Award in 2014. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and designated the 2021 Master Metalsmith by the Metal Museum. Thiewes is a Professor Emerita at the University of Texas El Paso.

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