Aran Galligan – Seattle, WA
Aran Galligan received a BFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000, and her MFA in 2012 from SUNY New Paltz, where she studied under Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Jamie Bennett. Previous to her MFA she completed a two-year fellowship at Penland School of Crafts.
Aran is deeply embedded in the Seattle metals community, serving on the board for the Seattle Metals Guild and the Symposium Committee. She also maintains a studio in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, that she shares with jeweler Stephanie Tomzcek.
Aran has taught art and metals at State University of New York at New Paltz, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, North Seattle Community College, and Danaca Design in Seattle, WA.
Through the exploration of systems, both man-made and within the body, she creates wearable jewelry that conveys the idea of unconventional beauty. Her work was included in the Lark Publication 500 Enameled Objects, and has exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include ‘Forecast: A new wave of creative talent’ at the Penland Gallery and the International Graduate Show ‘Jewellery 2012’ at Gallery Marzee.