naomi rachel muirhead

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Naomi Muirhead

Naomi makes jewelry and collages utilizing vintage ephemera, Italian maps, letters, photos, watch parts, game pieces, found objects, furniture and other materials, repurposed for a new life while honoring the past imprint of the object's history. Each piece is unique, hand-made, and can be customized.

Originally from the Chicago area, she has also resided in Madrid, Seattle, San Francisco, and lives and works in Florence, Italy since 2000 where she teaches university-level jewelry courses.
She has degrees in painting, interior architecture, jewelry arts, and has exhibited and sold her work in the US and Europe.
 

EDUCATION:
2000 - 2004
ART STUDIO FUJI- Florence, Italy
Metals: Jewelry Making
2000
STUDIO ARTS CENTERS INTERNATIONAL - Florence, Italy
Spring semester foreign studies program for credit (NASAD Accredited)
1998 - 2000
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS - San Francisco, CA
Interior Architecture Degree: BFA with High Honors (FIDER and NASAD Accredited)
1997
PRATT ART CENTER - Seattle, Washington
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER SCHOOL - Seattle, Washington
Photography Workshops
1989 - 1993
ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY - Bloomington, Illinois
School of Art: BFA Painting Major, Spanish Minor (3.4/4.0 GPA)
*Four-year Alumni Talent Scholarship
1992
INSTITUTE OF EUROPEAN STUDIES - Madrid, Spain
Spring semester Foreign Studies Program
1989
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE - Chicago, Illinois
COLUMBIA COLLEGE - Chicago, Illinois
Early College Programs
 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2015 CREATIVE CITIES Installation for Florence Design Week - White Garage: Florence - Italy
SACI FACULTY EXHIBITION - SACI Gallery: Florence, Italy
INSIDE-OUT Contemporary Perspectives - Palazzo Belfiore: Florence, Italy
2014

Women Supporting Women: Art Against Domestic Violence - Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights: Florence, Italy
MakeTank - Mostra Internazionale dell'Artigianato: Fortezza da Basso - Florence, Italy
2013 SWING SWEET SONGS OF CONVICTION - Gallery MC: New York, NY
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Exhibition and Auction Benefit - Anthropologie: New York, NY
2012 EMBODIMENT International Jewelry Exhibition, Curated by Katie MacDonald + Ane Mondro - Jean Paul Slusser Gallery: Ann Arbor, MI
ART QUESTIONS RAGE
International Women's Exhibition & Symposium - Dogus University: Istanbul, Turkey
CANDIANO FOUNDATION Exhibition and Auction Benefit for Onlus Association, Sierra Leone – Aria Gallery: Florence, Italy
2011
F-UTILY Jewelry & Artists’ Book Exhibition & Auction Benefit for Emergency - Le Murate: Florence, Italy
TUTTO: Group Exhibition - Galleria Tannaz: Florence, Italy
NINE WINE 2011 COLLECTION
for Pitti Uomo 80 - Doni & Associati Showroom: Florence, Italy
2010
SACI FACULTY EXHIBITION - SACI Gallery: Florence, Italy
SOLO SHOW - 
Installation of Furniture, Collages, & Jewelry - Société Anonyme: Florence, Italy
2009
JEWELRY EXHIBITION - Fuji Studios: Florence, Italy
2008
SCATTI DIVINI - Juried Group Photography Exhibition - Principato di Monaco: Monte Carlo, France
SACI FACULTY
TRAVELING EXHIBITION 2006-2008 - SACI Gallery: Florence, Italy
2007
SACI FACULTY TRAVELING EXHIBITION 2006-2008 - L'Albero Celeste Art Gallery: San Gimignano, Italy
OLEOVAGANDO
- Juried Group Photography Exhibition - Palazzo Medici Riccardi: Florence, Italy
GIOVANE ARTE EUROPEA - Galleria La Pergola Arte: Florence, Italy
LIJALENT 2007 - Artist Colony Group Exhibition: Maribor, Slovenia
JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW - Appel & Frank: San Francisco, CA
THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS - Exhibition of SACI Alumni, Faculty, & Artists Council at the Sallander O'Reilly Galleries, NYC
2006
SACI FACULTY TRAVELING EXHIBITION 2006-2008: 9 US Universities: USA
SCATTI DIVINI - Juried Group Photography Exhibition - Palazzo Medici Riccardi: Florence, Italy
SCATTIDIVINI - Juried Group Photography Exhibition - Museo di San Francesco: Montefalco (Perugia), Italy
ARTE DELLA LETTURA - 25° Premio Letterario Boccaccio, Palazzo Pretorio: Certaldo (FI), Italy
SOLO SHOW - MODO: Florence, Italy
30th Anniversary Alumni Photography Exhibition - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
2005
RITROVATI/FOUND AGAIN - SOLO EXHIBITION - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW - Appel & Frank: San Francisco, CA
JEWELRY EXHIBITION - Fuji Studios: Florence, Italy
JEWELRY IN EXPOSITION - Galleria Zerotre: Orvieto, Italy
2004
SOLO SHOW - 98rosso: Florence, Italy
SOLO SHOW - News Cafe: Florence, Italy
2003
SACI WOMEN IN THE ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
GRADUATE RETROSPECTIVE - INTERIOR DESIGN - California College of Arts and Crafts: San Francisco, CA
JEWELRY EXHIBITION - Fuji Studios: Florence, Italy
2002
SOLO SHOW - Enoteca de'Giraldi: Florence, Italy
GROUP SHOW - KUZU, Toni & Guy: Florence, Italy
PERSPECTIVES ON PERU - Mt. Mary College Faculty Art Show with Invited Artists: Milwaukee, WI
REMNANTS/RIMANENZE (2 person exhibition) - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
JEWELRY EXHIBITION - Fuji Studios: Florence, Italy
SACI FACULTY EXHIBITION - United States Embassy Gallery: Florence, Italy
2001
"CONTUSCANART" KEN'S GALLERY EXHIBITION - United States Embassy Gallery: Florence, Italy
PREMIO INTERNAZIONALE CATERINA DE'MEDICI UNICEF BENEFIT - Palagio di Parte Guelfa: Florence, Italy
MOMENTOS, SOLO SHOW - Bar Nabucco: Florence, Italy
NEW ARTISTS - Ken's Art Gallery: Florence, Italy
SOJOURN/SOGGIORNO - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
2000
THESIS EXHIBITION - California College of Arts and Crafts: San Francisco, CA
STUDENT EXHIBITION - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
STUDENT EXHIBITION - Fuji Studios: Florence, Italy
1999
FIDER EXHIBITION - California College of Arts and Crafts: San Francisco, CA
1998
NEW PAINTINGS - Alibi Room: Seattle, WA
EMBELLISHMENTS - Found Objects: Seattle, WA
TRAVEL JOURNAL PHOTOGRAPHS - Atlas: Seattle, WA
PAINTINGS FOR INTERIORS - Modelle's: Seattle, WA
4th ANNUAL PUSHPIN PHOTO EXHIBITION - FotoCircle Gallery: Seattle, WA
1997
DOMUS DECAS - The Card Cafe: Seattle, WA
3rd ANNUAL PUSHPIN PHOTO EXHIBITION - FotoCircle Gallery: Seattle, WA
OPEN INVITATION SHOW - Photographic Center Gallery: Seattle, WA
1996 - 1998
PAINTINGS - Found Objects: Seattle, WA
1995
WOMEN IN LEAD GROUP SHOW - Lead Gallery: Seattle, WA
WROUGHT WORKS - The Whole Sky Gallery: Seattle, WA
FOLIE A DEUX - Center on Contemporary Art: Seattle, WA
LOVE FOR SALE - Lead Gallery: Seattle, WA
1994
PAINTINGS - Found Objects: Seattle, WA
HOLIDAY STORE - Center on Contemporary Art: Seattle, WA
NEW PAINTINGS (Solo Show) - Cafe Voltaire: Chicago, IL
1993
PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS (Solo Show) - Cafe Voltaire: Chicago, IL
66th ANNUAL McLEAN COUNTY EXHIBITION - McLean Co. Arts Center: Bloomington, IL
*First Place Photography Award
BFA SENIOR ART EXHIBITION - IWU School of Art, Merwin Gallery: Bloomington, IL
SMALL WORKS - Contemporary Arts Center: Arlington Heights, IL
1992
5th ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION - IWU School of Art, Wakely Gallery: Bloomington, IL
*President's Award
65th ANNUAL McLEAN COUNTY EXHIBITION - McLean Co. Arts Center: Bloomington, IL
1991
4th ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION - IWU School of Art, Wakely Gallery: Bloomington, IL
CAMPBELL HOUSE ART EXHIBITION - Campbell House Art Center: Geneva, IL
ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE 8TH ANNUAL WORKS ON PAPER - ECC: Elgin, IL
BIG IDEAS, SMALL WORKS - Contemporary Arts Center: Arlington Heights, IL
RECENT WORKS (Solo Show) - Quadrant: Chicago, IL
1990
3rd ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION - IWU School of Art, Wakely Gallery: Bloomington, IL
*Art Coop Award
63rd ANNUAL McLEAN COUNTY EXHIBITION - McLean Co. Arts Center: Bloomington, IL
 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED:
2010
SACI FACULTY EXHIBITION - SACI Gallery: Florence, Italy
2009
STUDY ABROAD, ITALY: Juried Photography Competition celebrating 30th anniversary of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) - SACI Gallery: Florence, Italy
2006
SACI FACULTY TRAVELING EXHIBITION 2006-2008 – 9 SACI Consortium Universities in the USA
30th Anniversary Alumni Photography Exhibition - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
End of Term Student Exhibition - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
Photographs by Marcia Keegan - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
2003
227th Anniversario dell'Indipendenza Americana - The Consulate General of the USA, Firenze, Italy
CONTIGUO - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
2001
SOJOURN/SOGGIORNO - Studio Art Centers International: Florence, Italy
1990 - present
Installation of numerous exhibitions in the IWU Wakely Gallery (Bloomington, IL), Linda Hodges Gallery (Seattle, WA), SACI Gallery (Florence, Italy), and various solo exhibitions.
 

RESIDENCES:
2007
The 9th Annual International Art Colony: Maribor, Slovenia
 
AWARDS:
 
  • California College of Arts President's Circle: 1998-2000
  • Board Member of the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle: 1996-1998
  • IWU Dean's List and IWU Alumni Scholarship: 1989-1993
  • President's Award: 1992 Juried Student Art Exhibition
  • Art Coop Award: 1990 Juried Student Art Exhibition
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Women's Honor Society): 1989
 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS:
 
  • Gioielleria tra passato e presente, Hestetika Magazine (Milan), April 2013.
  • Art Questions Rage – 2012 International Women's Exhibition & Symposium Catalog, edited by Prof. Nazan Erkmen, Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
  • Pitti, Vino e Moda: allo Studio Doni appuntamento giovedì 16 per un light lunch e poi dalle 19:30 con i gioielli di Naomi Rachel Muirhead, Vino da Burdo, June 14, 2011
  • Il gioiello fa una dedica al vino, Laura Villoresi, Corriere Fiorentino, June 16, 2011
  • Daily Accessories Magazine No. 3, September 2009, High Publisher (Italy)
  • Emerald Magazine, A Green San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Reference, edited by Jennifer Kaufmann, Bacchus Press, June 2009
  • Oleovagano; Oil in Images Exhibition Catalog, by Demetria Verduci & Duccio Trassinelli, Carlo Cambi Editore, Florence; 2007, p. 62, 123
  • La Pergola Arte Artisti 2007, Artist catalog, edited by Michael Musone with criticism by Prof. Federico Napoli; 2007
  • Lijalent 2007, Exhibition catalog, by Mario Berdic; 2007
  • Glance, California College of Arts magazine; Spring 2007
  • Italian pieces on display as part of exchange, by Kaizaad Kotwal, The Columbus Dispatch; March 25, 2007
  • Exhibit features Italian art and travel, by Nicole Sciotto, The Daily Collegian (PENN State University); March 1, 2007
  • SACI faculty exhibit work, by Allison Alfonso, GoTricities.com; February 7, 2007
  • Scattidivini: Wine in Images Exhibition Catalog, by Demetria Verduci & Duccio Trassinelli, Le Lettere, Florence; 2006, p. 152
  • Scattidivini: 26/04/2006 De-vine photographs, earth and colours of our land. 108 photographs on wine, its ability to speak of itself and to us. The nectar of modern gods. Web video on www.florence.tv
  • SACI Newsletter: SACI & Italy, Then & Now; Fall 2006, No. 35
  • SACI Newsletter: Alumni News; Spring 2005, No. 32
  • Premio Celeste Catologo 2005: Galleria d'Arte L'Albero Celeste; Fall 2005
  • Abroad View Magazine Kaleidoscope: ITALIAN ART: Get inspired: Naomi Muirhead creates innovative collages in Italy: Fall 2004
  • SACI Newsletter: Alumni Sucess Stories; Fall 2004, No. 31
  • METROPOLI, Firenze; Anno 11, n. 33; venerdí 20 settembre 2002, p.7
  • Chicago Sun-Times, Weekend Plus (photo on cover, p. 47); February 23, 1996
  • The Rocket: November 1995
  • Cafe Voltaire Newsletter: 1994, 1993
  • Chicago Reader (photo); January 15, 1993
  • McLean County Community News; March 3-9, 1993
  • Still (photo) - IWU Journal of the Arts; 1993
  • IWU School of Art Brochure (photo); 1990
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2003 - present



2002



2000 - 2002
ART STUDIO FUJI / SACI - Florence, Italy
Instructor of Jewelry Making courses for university level students.

ARTE SOTTO UN TETTO (ART UNDER ONE ROOF) - Florence, Italy - Instructor of Boutique & Furniture Design course for international university level students.

STUDIO ART CENTERS INTERNATIONAL - Florence, Italy
Teaching Assistant for Interior Design, Painting, Drawing, and Photography courses for university level American students. Taught Photography Workshop: Alternative Image Making and other classes.
 

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE:
2006 - present

1998 - 2000


1994 - 1996

1994

1993
SACI GALLERY- Gallery Coordinator - Florence, Italy

COCA - Board Member of the Center on Contemporary Art, - Seattle, WA

LINDA HODGES GALLERY - Assistant Director - Seattle, WA

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM – Intern - Seattle, WA

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - Intern: Public Relations - Chicago, IL
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART - Intern: Department of Education - New York, NY
 

COLLECTIONS:
 
  • Cafe Voltaire: Chicago, IL
  • Central High School: Burlington, IL
  • Dr. Grey Vogelmann, D.D.S. Dental Office: Chicago, IL
  • Eastside Domestic Violence Program Auction (Donation): Bellevue, WA
  • IWU Foreign Language Dept.: Bloomington, IL
  • World Wide Travel: Chicago, IL
  • Enoteco dei Giraldi: Florence, Italy
  • Numerous Private Collections
 
 

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