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Heather Bayless was born in upstate New York, and throughout her life her favorite place to be has been outdoors. Growing up in the countryside with a house surrounded by forest, having a gardener mother and a scientist father and a curiosity about all things tiny have blended to form the interest she has in plants and living things. An artistic grandmother, aunt, and brother influenced her as a child, and over time she became fascinated by metalwork and design. Heather’s work combines these two passions—nature and art—into a body of work that balances between idea, tradition, and image.

After completing her BFA in graphic design and metalwork, Heather moved to Korea to further study metalwork and complete her MFA with the help of a Fulbright Research Grant. Heather taught university-level metalwork and jewelry design in Seoul for 2.5 years while actively working in the studio. She and her husband Dukno Yoon returned to the US in 2010 to work and teach in the Metals program at Kansas State University.



Education
• 2007: Master of Fine Arts: Metalwork and Jewelry; Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.
• 2003: Bachelor of Fine Arts: Graphic Design, Metalsmithing; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.



Clocking In

2011–present
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.


2010
Designer, One-month design project for CJ Cheil Jedang (Seoul, Korea). Created ten designs and 3D renderings for cooking oil bottles.

2008–2010
Lecturer, Department of Metalwork and Jewelry, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.

2010
Lecturer, Department of Craft, Sookmyung Womens' University, Seoul, Korea.


2008–2009
Lecturer, Department of Craft Arts, Konkuk University, Choongju, Korea.

2007–2008
Researcher, Institute of Envrionmental Design, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. Conducted technical research, participated in the active art community and practiced as a studio artist while developing new works in preparation for a solo exhibition.

2008
Designer, Design project for Samshin Diamond. Created designs and 3D renderings for four jewelry pieces; three designs were selected competitively for limited edition production and exhibition.

2008
Designer, Two-month design project for Kia/Hyundai Motors. Developed composition designs for luxury car dashboard dials based on the style and materials of high-end watches.



My Fifteen Minutes

Awards and Grants
2013
Craft Forms 2013. Juror's Award; Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. International Juried; Lena Vigna, juror.

2012
2012 Itami International Craft Competition. Second Best Overall Award (Shirayuki Award); Museum of Arts & Crafts ITAMI, Itami, Japan.

2011
2011 Designer Jewelry Competition. First Place Award in Mixed-Media Jewelry above $400 retail category. International Juried.

Jewelry + Object. Third Place Award; Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, Michigan.
National Juried; Marilyn da Silva, juror.

2010
Saul Bell Design Award competition. Second Place Award in Silver category. International Juried.

2009
The Massimo Martini Design Award 2009, “Beyond Silver.” First Prize for three designs, selected out of 3,566 designers from 89 countries. 5,000 euro cash award, in addition to travel to Milan, Italy. Jurors: Irene Bulgari, Francesco Illy, Paolo Moroni, Aldo Cibic, Nello Martini and Luca Trazzi. Competition organized by MACEF Milano and designboom.com.

2007
Saul Bell Design Award competition. First Place Award in Hollowware category. International Juried.

2005–2006
Fulbright Research Grant to supplement Master’s studies in design and metalcraft in South Korea.



Solo Exhibition
2008
“Offspring,” invitational solo exhibition, Gallery Dam, Seoul, Korea.



Juried and Group Exhibitions
2015
• “The 5 Bs: Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Bats & Bugs,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Invited to participate in international juried exhibition. (March 29 – May 2, 2015)

2014
• “Natural Beauties: Jewelry Art Nouveau to Now,” Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont. International Invitational.
• “Living with Craft,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. International Invitational.
• “silver + 9 + jewelry party,” Gallery Vogoze, Seoul, Korea. Group exhibition.

2013
SOFA Chicago, represented by Aaron Faber Gallery (NYC). Lecture with SNAG Emerging Artists.
• “Craft Forms 2013,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. International Juried.
• “Visual Inquiry: 2013 Kansas State University Art Faculty Exhibition,” Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
• “2013 Department of Art Faculty & Alumni Show,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio.

2012
• “Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012,“ Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, Schoonhoven, Netherlands; Design Museum Gent, Belgium. International Juried.
• “2012 Itami International Craft Exhibition,” The Museum of Arts & Crafts ITAMI, Itami, Japan.
• “silver + 14 + adorning the heart,” Ahwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
• “Duet — Dukno Yoon and Heather Bayless,” Mills Gallery, Central College, Iowa.
• “Signs of Life,” Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington. National Invitational. Work featured on cover of publication.
• “Alchemists 2012: Mythology of Material,” Korean Craft & Design Foundation, Seoul, Korea.

2011
• “Contemporary Craft, Now & Here,” Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2011, Old KT&G Tobacco Factory, Cheongju, Korea.
International Invitational.
• “2011 Itami International Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition,” The Museum of Arts & Crafts–ITAMI, Itami, Japan. International Juried.
• “Alchemy,” The 13th Biennial Juried Enamel Exhibition by The Enamelist Society.
Venues: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville; Metals Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.
• “Jewelry + Objects,” Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, Michigan. National Juried; Marilyn da Silva, juror.
• “Craft USA ’11 National Craft Triennial,” Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut.
National Juried; Holly Hotchner, juror.
• “Faculty Biennial Exhibition,” Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.


2010
• “31st Annual Contemporary Crafts,” Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona. International Juried.
• “Cross-Cultural Visions,” Gallery Korea, New York City; KORUS House, Washington DC; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea. Invitational group exhibition.
• “silver+17+jewelry holds,” Gallery Dam, Seoul, Korea. Group exhibition.
• “Form + Space,” Busan University Gallery, Busan, Korea. Invitational group exhibition.

2009
• “Craft Forms 2009,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. International Juried.
• “Miami University Department of Art 2009 Bicentennial Exhibition,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio. International Invitational.
• “Love Collection,” The Bridge Gallery, Seoul, Korea. Invitational group exhibition.
• “Odysseia, Contemporary Craft & Drawing,” Chiwoo Craft Museum, Seoul, Korea. International Invitational.
• “Promise of Love,” Hidden Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea. Invitational group exhibition.

2008
• SOFA New York, “Not Just Any Bowl,” presented by Yaw Gallery. International Juried.

2007
• “15th Silver Triennale,” Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany (exhibition traveled through Germany and Europe until September 2008). International Juried.
• “Craft Forms 2007,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. International Juried.
• “Craft Dream 2007,” Chiwoo Craft Museum, Seoul, Korea. National Juried.
• “Alchemists 2007: May I Have Your Order?” Jang Restaurant Gallery, Seoul, Korea. Invited participant for group exhibition.
• Masters Thesis Exhibition, Design Gallery at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.

2006
• “Talente 2006,” Internationalen Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany. International Juried.
• “Alchemists 2006: Jewelry For Men,” Lock Museum, Seoul, Korea. Group Exhibition.

2005
Her Mark 2006 Datebook calendar release exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. International Juried.
• “Alchemists 2005: 50 Boxes, 50 Surprises,” Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea. Group Exhibition.

2004
• “Hammer & Hand: Contemporary American Metal 2004,” Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. National Juried.
• “Best of 2004,” Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio. National Juried.
• “The Arsenal Metals and Enamels Exhibition,” Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio. National Juried. Work featured on color postcards.

2003
• “Hammered & Forged,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio. International Invitational.
• “Best of 2003,” Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio. National Juried.
• “Refined III: Small Works in Precious Metal,” Griffith Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. National Juried.


Selected Print Publications
2014
• “Exhibition in Print: Animal Instincts,” Metalsmith, Vol. 34 No. 4, p. 26. Juried by David Bielander, David Freda, Bruce Metcalf.

2012
• Brown, Glen. “Heather Bayless–Nature Refined,” Ornament. Vol. 35 No. 2, front cover, p. 46–51.
• da Silva, Marilyn. “The Nature of Things,” Metalsmith. Vol. 32 No. 5, p. 17.

2011
21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, p. 60, 391.
500 Silver Jewelry Designs. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, p. 48, 249. Talya Baharal, juror.

2010
• Benesh, Carolyn L. E. “Saul Bell Design Award A Beacon to Creativity,”
Ornament. Vol. 33 No. 5, p. 14.
• Leung, Chiyi. “m’style,”
Mingpao Weekly (Hong Kong). May 22, 2010, p. 22.
• Yang, Jikwon and Lee, Joomi. “Heather Bayless: Nature-loving Metalsmith,”
The Jewelry (Korea). July 2010, p. 64, 65, 67.

2009
• Marziano, Luciano. “Macef gennaio 2009, registrati oltre 80 mila visitatori,”
Bomboniera Italiana. February 2009, p. 74, 75.
• Pavia, Martine. “45 ans d’éclectisme,”
Tendence Deco (Switzerland). March 2009, p. 28.
• van Dorst, Henk (editor). “Ook Macef kampt met terugloop,”
Gemengde Branche (Netherlands). Vol. 61, No. 3, March 2009, p. 37.
• Lupi, Hugo. “Para Além Do Brilho,”
Espaco & Design (Portugal). March 2009, p. 30, 31.
• Edelkoort, Li. “En kvalificeret krystalkugle,”
ArkitekturM (Denmark) Vol. 1 No. 2, March 2009, p. 6.
• Han, Kyujong, photographer. “Minimalism,”
Haute Membership Magazine (Korea). March 2009, p. 134.
• Cooper, Jo (editor). “Macef: Strengthening its Role as a Barometer for the Housewares Market,”
Tableware International (UK). Vol. 131, No. 2, April 2009, p. 48.
• Bogni, Anna (editor). “Macef: Satisfactory Outcome Despite the Crisis,”
Articoli Casalinghi ed Elettrocasalinghi (Italy). No. 564, April 2009, p. 18.
• Boni, Annalisa (editor). “Nuovi arredi vestono le tavole al Macef 2009,”
Zoom Design (Italy). May 2009, p. 36.
• Kim, Narang. “Top Awards Winners,”
Elle Girl (Korea). No. 76, June 2009, p. 286.

2008
Offspring. Solo exhibition catalog, designed and published by Heather Bayless. With introduction by Yong-il Jeon. 16 pages.
• Scott-Ashe, Richard. “Forging a Future from a Trip to Korea.” JoongAng Daily, December 17, 2008, p. 9.

2007
500 Metal Vessels. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, p. 125, 293. Fred Fenster, juror.

2006
• Jeon, Yong-il.
Metalwork and Jewelry Making. Seoul, Korea: Misul Munhwa Publications.
• Stewart, Brett. “Fulbrighters–A Give and Take Alliance.” JoongAng Daily, June 13, 2006, p. 8.
The Korea Fulbright Review. Seoul, Korea: Korean-American Educational Commission.

2005
500 Bracelets. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, p. 66. Charon Kransen, juror.
HerMark 2006 Datebook Calendar. Chicago, Illinois: WomanMade Gallery.



   
   
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