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. I believe that art and craft should always come back to the user and jewelry should strive to build up the woman wearing it. I hope that the jewelry I makes will not so much give the woman confidence, but rather bring out the strength and beauty that she had inside of her all along. 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.


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 Sycamore IL, with her husband and three children where she continues to create work. She has recently started production on 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. 




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 


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


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


Eclectic: An Artist Coop, Urbana, IL Intern 

2011- 2013 

Eddie Bauer, Lombard, IL Sales associate and display design  

Awards and Honors


James Scholar

Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society


Lois Marie Orr Scholarship


Society of North American Goldsmiths:Student Scholarship


Deans List

Conference Attendance


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


Society of North American Goldsmiths Member

Metal Guild at the University of Illinois Member



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

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


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


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

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