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2021 James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award Winner — Rachel David

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Rachel David, black­smith, sculp­tor, designer, and TFS member, is the winner of the 2021 James Renwick Alliance for Craft Chrysalis Award. David’s inno­v­a­tive forging of metal into shapes and forms refer­enc­ing bodies and land­scapes provides an unex­pected unique, provoca­tive commen­tary on social and envi­ron­men­tal justice issues.

Rachel David Headshot

The intent of the annual JRACraft Chrysalis Award is to make a mean­ing­ful impact on an emerg­ing artist’s career. This year, the Alliance is proud to support Rachel David who repre­sents a change in the future of metal­work­ing. Her expres­sive work and support for women in black­smithing signi­fies our support not only for her but also her effort to affirm in a gender-biased field that skill and crafts­man­ship are supe­rior to brute force.”

Rachel David received a Bach­e­lor of Arts from Ever­green State College in 2004 and has contin­ued her studies through work­shops at Penland School of Craft, John C. Camp­bell School of Craft, Nunez Commu­nity College and Haywood Commu­nity College where she recently received a machin­ing certi­fi­ca­tion. In 2019, she was featured in 40 Under 40: The Next Gener­a­tion of Amer­i­can Metal Artists at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN and received the Smith­son­ian Craft Show’s Best in Show Award and the Artists Gold Choice Award. In addi­tion to her artis­tic prac­tice, David is a found­ing member of the Society of Inclu­sive Black­smiths which supports inclu­siv­ity through mentor­ship, support and scholarships.

The JRACraft Chrysalis Award was estab­lished in 2016 to encour­age and support emerg­ing Amer­i­can craft artists who demon­strate excel­lence and a commit­ment to artis­tic inno­va­tion but do not have major gallery repre­sen­ta­tion. This award includes a $5,000 unre­stricted stipend and oppor­tu­ni­ties for profes­sional devel­op­ment to include a public presen­ta­tion of their work. The 2021 award was juried by Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Metal Museum Carissa Hussong, collec­tor and former gallery owner Karen Roten­berg and metal artist Chris Shea.

Learn more about Rachel and the award