Biography

Adrienne Fair was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She attended The Willows Academy High School, an all girls private Catholic School at which she studied to embraced her desire to create beauty in the world through art. Adrienne graduated from the University of Illinois in 2013 with a BFA in Craft: Metals and a Minor in Art History. During her studies at the university Adrienne was a College of Fine and Applied Arts James Scholar, and the recipient of the Lois Marie Orr Scholarship. Adrienne Fair held an intern position at Eclectic: An artist Coop. in Urbana Illinois. At Eclectic, she worked in retail sales, arranged gallery spaces, consulted with members, and learned about the interaction between local artists and the Urbana community. In 2012 Adrienne Fair participated in the Catholic Arts Festival, at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, at the University of Illinois, she presented a follow up lecture on her Faith based thesis work there in 2013. Adrienne Fair currently lives in Geneva IL, with her husband where she continues to create work. She has recently started production a pro-life series of jewelry, the goal of which is to raise awareness for post-abortion women's aid and donate all proceeds to such groups. 

Adrienne Fair's  work strives to create a harmony between simplicity in design, research, and concept. Her work involves meditative and laborious hand working in traditional craft materials combined in contemporary ways. Adrienne's one-of-a-kind work is centered on a desire to incorporate a living Catholic Faith into contemporary craft language. The work consists of all wearable objects that combine the complex ideas and teachings of the Catholic Church with the design language of the jewelry world. Each piece is design to create a dialogue between itself and the wearer. Adrienne's work also strives to maintain a balance between one-of-a-kind and production work that allows her faith story to reach out to others in the everyday. Regardless of the kind of work Adrienne strives to maintain a sense of beauty through color, form, and the confidence it gives to the wearer.

Artist Statement

My work strives to create a harmony between simplicity in design, research, and concept. My work involves meditative and laborious hand working in traditional craft materials combined in contemporary ways. My one-of-a-kind work is centered on a desire to incorporate a living Catholic Faith into contemporary craft language. The work consists of all wearable objects that combine the complex ideas and teachings of the Catholic Church with the design language of the jewelry world. Each piece is design to create a dialogue between itself and the wearer. My work also strives to maintain a balance between one-of-a-kind and production work that allows my faith story to reach out to others in the everyday. Regardless of the kind of work I strive to maintain a sense of beauty through color, form, and the confidence it gives to the wearer.

Resume

Education

2013

B.F.A. – Craft: Metals

Minor – Art History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:School of Art and Design

Professional Experience

Current Position

Larc Jewelers, Glen Ellyn, IL. IT manager, Sales associate, jewelry repair 

2013-2014

Papier Girl, Glen Ellyn, IL. Freelance Advertizing and promotion

2013-2014

Katy's Boutique, Glen Ellyn, IL. Sales associate

2013

Eclectic: An Artist Coop, Urbana, IL Intern

2011- 2013 

Eddie Bauer, Lombard, IL Sales associate and display design  


Awards and Honors

2010-2013

James Scholar

Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society

2011-2012

Lois Marie Orr Scholarship

2011

Society of North American Goldsmiths:Student Scholarship

2010

Deans List

Conference Attendance

2011

Society of North American Goldsmiths: FLUX Conference, Seattle,WA

Memberships

Society of North American Goldsmiths Member

Metal Guild at the University of Illinois Member

Exhibitions

2010

Foundation Exhibition, Link Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

Element/Ornament, Link Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

2012

Catholic Arts Festival, St. John Catholic Newman Center,University of Illinois

Redefine Refine, Link Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

Fashion Show, Link Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois
The Jewelry Show at the Fashion Show, Link Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

2013

Holding Place: A Repository of Containers and Vessels by Metalsmiths Around the World, The Ganoksin Project, www.ganoksin.com

ENCOMPASS, Link Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

2013 BFA Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

2013 UIUC Alumni Exhibition, Figure One Exhibition Space and Indi Go Gallery, Champaign, Illinois