School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition 2021
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Christina Lemon is an alumni of the East Carolina University MFA graduate program in Small Metals (1991). Christina is Professor of Small Metals at Georgia Southern University (1998-present) where she teaches Small Metals Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced Small Metals courses and 3D Art and Design Principles in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. Her work features one-of-a-kind designs in sterling silver, enamel, and gold. Recent work have been exhibited at: the Alchemy 3 and 5 International Enameling Exhibitions, Nuance: Craftsmanship, Imagination and Innovation and Ware/Wear 2021. She is an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. At Georgia Southern University she has been commissioned to design and create or co-create four University presidential medallions for University President’s -Grube, Keel, Herbert and Merrero. President Kyle Merrero’s medallion and chain that includes the engraved names of 13 university presidents remains at Georgia Southern University as part of the president’s academic regalia. In addition, she designed and created a brooch as a gift to former Secretary of State Madeline Albright when she gave a public lecture at Georgia Southern University in 2012. Christina was awarded the Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Service in 2017.
Thoughts of my time at ECU- I have such fond memories of my time at ECU and of my Professors John Satterfield and Linda Darty. I am grateful for all that I learned from them and they fostered my appreciation and love of the small metals discipline . During the last 23 years as a faculty member at Georgia Southern University I have continued to share this love of metalsmithing with new generations of art and non art majors. My professors had a profound impact on my life and career and I am grateful to them for everything. I had a deep admiration of my professors and I wanted to be just like them. I vividly remember John Satterfield sharing his travel adventures in class. While in the Peace Corps, John and his wife Dot traveled to South America where they lived with an indigenous group of people known as the “Shipibo” that live along the Amazon River. His stories of travel and adventure influenced his students. When I was commissioned to design and create the first university medallion and chain at GSU I contacted John Satterfield and he graciously offered advice on how to proceed. After he passed away, I often felt that he was watching over me in the university studio as I was assisting students with casting, fabricating and forming metal.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie 2 Digital Decals on enamel, sterling silver, copper, 3″ x 2.5″ x .25″, 2019