Craft Master Artist Residency with Vivian Beer and Elizabeth Brim

Craft Master Artist Residency with Vivian Beer and Elizabeth Brim

GALLERY TALK– Thursday, March 22 6pm Fire and Hammer
Location: Gregg Museum of Art & Design
1903 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607

Renowned metalsmith/furniture designer Vivian Beer and blacksmith Elizabeth Brim discuss their creative practices. Beer’s Anchored Candy #7 bench energizes the Gregg lobby.

Studio collaboration/demonstration sessions:

Drop in anytime during studio hours to watch the artists at work.
Friday, March 23– 12-5pm
Saturday, March 24– 12-5pm

Location: Shopspace
303 Kinsey Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

About the artists:

Woman sitting in a chair with her legs crossed facing the camera

Artist Vivian Beer

Vivian Beer maintains a studio in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has earned a reputation for her bold combinations of industrial materials like steel and concrete in making objects that blur the boundaries between utilitarian furniture and fine art sculptures. She has won the grand prize on Ellen’s Design Challenge, hosted by Ellen Degeneres. Beer holds a BFA in sculpture from Maine College of Art, and has been a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts as well as the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Beer’s sculptural bench, Anchored Candy #7 (steel, automotive finishes, gun bluing patina), energizes the lobby in the new Gregg Museum. It was acquired in 2017 at the annual Penland Auction, thanks to the generous support of Friends of the Gregg donors and members who contributed to the purchase.


Woman on left bending with a tool in her right hand

Artist Elizabeth Brim

Elizabeth Brim is a blacksmith best known for incorporating what is traditionally seen as feminine imagery in her highly-crafted ironwork. Though metalworking has long been considered a “man’s medium,” Brim uses forged steel to create stereotypically female objects such as frilly dresses, high heeled shoes, aprons, flowers, and tutus. Her first pair of iron high-heeled shoes, inspired by the fairytale, “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” won first prize at the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America Southeastern Regional conference. Brim recently appeared in the seventh episode of Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain. She received her MFA in printmaking at the University of Georgia, and is currently an instructor and working artist (in metals) at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC.



The gallery talk and studio drop-ins are free & open to the public. For questions, please call Curator of Education (919) 513.7244 or e-mail .