Jim Cotter Bio & CV

Born: 1944, Corning, IA

 

Jim Cotter is a metalsmith who lives and works in the Vail Valley of Colorado. Cotter is known for his playful mindset regarding art and life. His work consists of creating images from a variety of materials not normally associated with jewelry such as steel, concrete, rocks and sought after everyday objects.

He is often torn between loyalties to art and craft but has come to the conclusion that the distinction really does not matter and is no longer necessary. Just as one does not buy a painting because of the number of tubes of paint brushed on the canvas, jewelry is not merely the sum of its intrinsic materials. The design and idea embodied in a piece of jewelry captures the energy and makes the statement not the costly materials it is made from. Cotter enjoys the idea of combining disparate materials to assert that jewelry doesn’t have to be precious metal or gemstones and can survive outside the common perceptions of what properly constitutes jewelry.

Cotter's work can be found in the Herman Miller Collection, Korean Craft Museum, McDonald's Corporation and National Ornamental Metal Museum. And was also in selected exhibitions, to mention just a few: The Art of Gold at the Society of North American Goldsmiths and A Modern Bestiary at the Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin. Jim has also held workshops and classes in a multitude of places, including Haystack Mountain School and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

 

 

Education

1969
Masters Degree of Arts
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

1967
Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Education
Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska

 

Collections

Blount Foundation
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
Gerald R. Ford private collection
Herman Miller Collection
Korean Craft Museum
McDonald's Corporation
National Broadcasting Corporation
National Ornamental Metals Museum
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, New York
Wayne State College, Wayne Nebraska
Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Maine

 

Publications

2021
In Flux: American Jewelry and the Counterculture
Book by Cindi Strauss, Damian Skinner, and Susan Cummins

2018
Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia
Book by Ashley Callahan (Author), Annelies Mondi (Author), Mary Hallam Pearse (Author)

2017
Signs of Life, Contemporary Jewelry Art & Literature Magazine

2012
Penland School of Crafts Book: Live Auction. Jim Cotter & Gary Lee Noffke: Remembrances
Bowl & Spoon that works quite nicely as a Bell.

2011
Craft Biennale Catalogue
The 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition
Joon-mo Chung

2011
Exhibition Catalogue
Geography: An Exhibition of International Contemporary Jewelry
organized by Art Jewelry Forum
Curated by Susan Cummins & Mike Holmes

2011
21st Century Jewelry: The best of the 500 series
By Marthe Le Van, Lark Crafts

2011
Steel Wire Jewelry
By Brenda Schweder, Lark Crafts

2011
New Rings: 500+ Designs from around the world
By Nicolas Estrada, Thames & Hudson

2010
Exhibition Catalogue
Neo Rococo: Rocks and Shells Interpreted in Contemporary Jewelry Design
Curated by Carolyn Springer

2008
The Ring Shows: Then & Now and Putting the Band Back Together
Curated by Ashley Callahan

2008
Creative Stonesetting
John E. Cogswell

2007
Exhibition Catalogue
Wild Geese: The Irish in America
National Craft Gallery Kilkenny, Ireland
Curated by Kevin O’Dwyer

2004
1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand
Curated by Robert Ebendorf
By Marthe Le Van, Lark Crafts

 

Workshops and Presentations

2021, 2022
Summervail Art Workshop: 50 years Anniversary

2017
Contemporary Cement Jewelry: Workshop.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center 

2016
Conflux: A totally Metal Weekend: Symposium
Seattle Metals Guild Northwest Jewelry & Metals

2016
Reconstruction: Workshop.
School of Arts and Crafts Gatlin, TN

2014
Contemporary Cement Jewelry: Workshop.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME: August 10 - 22

2014
The Life and Times of Cotter: Jewelry Art/Slide Lecture.
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH: August 8

2013
Contemporary Cement Jewelry: Workshop.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO: August 19-23

2013
The Life and Times of Cotter: Presentation.
At Material Topics: Making Marks Symposium, East Carolina
University, Greenville, NC: January 18-20

2011
A Potluck of Materials and Ideas: Workshop with Bob Ebendorf.
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC: May 29-June 10

 

Selected Exhibitions

2022
WE ARE SNAG: Anthology 2022
Featherweight Styrofoam Earring Collection

2021
NYCJW - New York City Jewelry Week - Earrings Galore 2021
Wood Earrings featured in Earrings Galore 2021

2021
SNAG: VOLTAGE: The Power of Contemporary Jewelry
Feather Mask Ring

2021
Splop Design “Metal + ? =” Virtual Exhibition
Concrete Ring, No. 5

2021
WE ARE SNAG: Anthology 2021
A Pendant with a Message - The seventh member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series.

2014
These were Trees: A wood jewelry exhibition; curated by Jim Cotter and Theresa Hauser;
Vail and Beaver Creek, CO

2013
METAL, LIGHT art + design, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2013
Badges & Buttons, Waistcoats & Vests,
Traveling exhibition curated by Bob Ebendorf and Elizabeth Turrell

2013
Put a Ring on It, Taboo Studio, San Diego, California

2013
Off the Wall= Structural Adornment, Gray Gallery, East Carolina University,
Jenkins Fine Art Center, Greenville, NC

2012
Humor in Metal, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts,
SNAG Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

2012
Generosity of Spirit, Signature: Contemporary Craft Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2011
Geography, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in Collaboration with Art Jewelry Forum,
SNAG Conference, Seattle, Washington

2011
METAL, LIGHT art + design, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2011
Multiples, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

2011
The 7th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Republic of Korea
Competition, Awarded Bronze Prize and Honorable Mention

2010
Allez, Du Galet, Collioure, France

2010
Neo Rococo; Rocks and Shells Interpreted in Contemporary Jewelry Design,
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

2009
Fresh Start: New Directions, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York City, New York

2009
Wearable Works of Art, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, Virgina

2008
The Ring Show, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

2008
Set in Concrete, Shaw Gallery, North East Harbor, Maine

2007
Old and New, Taboo Gallery, San Diego, California

2007
Wild Geese, The Irish in America, Kilkenny, Ireland

2006
Glass-Wear, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri

2003
The Bracelet, Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, SOFA NYC

2003
The Art of Gold, Society of North American Goldsmiths, national traveling exhibition

2002
Mikromegas, Munich Decorative Arts Association, international traveling exhibition

2002
A Modern Bestiary, Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin

2002
Going to the Dogs, Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin

2001
Contemporary Metalsmiths: Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University

2000 
Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Filtered Senses
Brookfield, April 9 - June 4

2000
Taboo Studio, Wedding Rings
San Diego, CA, May 5 - June 16

2000
OXOXO Gallery, Found Precious Found
Washington Village, April 8 - May 10

1999
Measure by Measure, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Connecticut

1998
The Box Show, Denver Art Museum, Alliance for Contemporary Art & Ron Judish Fine Arts, Denver, Colorado

1997
Tokens of Affection, in honor of love and sentiment;
Aaron Faber Gallery NY, NY

1995
Show About Pearls; Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1994
Op Art: Eyeglasses by Jewelers; Hoffman Gallery

1993
Passion, Politics and Poetry: Story telling in twentieth Century American craft;
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

1991
Other Voices, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, New York

1983
The Great American Cowboy, a traveling exhibition by the Library of Congress

1981
Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired Invitational Art Exhibition, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1980
8 Sculptors Create for the 80’s, Gallery of Contemporary Metalsmithing, Rochester, New York

1979
North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden Colorado

1978
First National Spoon and Ashtray Show, Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo Colorado

1978
Drinking Companions, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

1976
Cowboy Images, Rebecca Cooper Gallery, Washington D.C.

1975
History of Photography as Subject Matter, Orange Coast College, Carmel, California

1969
Fourth Bi-Annual Exhibition of Intermountain Painting and Sculpture, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

 

Gallery Representation

J. Cotter Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Jett Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lake Hill House, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Penland Gallery, Penland, North Carolina
Quirk Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Smith Klein, Boulder, Colorado