Woell exhibit opens Friday
CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition, "Starting Point: Artworks of J. Fred Woell," will open Friday in the Light Court of Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.
A jewelry artist and University of Illinois School of Art + Design alumnus, Woell uses the ordinary to create extraordinary jewelry designs. Last year, Woell received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths. His career in art and education spans 50 years; during that time, he taught a number of well-known jewelry artists.
He is noted for being the first in the field to work with cast found objects and found objects in his metalwork, in which he makes political and social commentary.
"I make things I hope people can laugh at and yet take seriously. I use my work as a platform to express my reaction to things I see around me. I use humor in my work to make the serious nature of those things bearable," he told the society.