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Veleta Vancza

Professional Lecturer, Fashion Technology


Veleta Vancza has been working as an artist for almost 30 years. She began her career as an art/studio jeweler creating one-of-a-kind conceptual works. More recently she has been working on a larger scale creating sculpture, wall pieces & installations using vitreous enamel on metal integrated with new technologies such as sound-mapping & 3D rendering software. She is recognized for her experimental use of vitreous enamel as an adhesive, as well as her innovations with phosphorescent enamels.

Veleta is also the co-founder and Creative Director for Mina Atramentum, makers of Mine Luxury Nail Lacquer, and holds a patent for her research in suspension-based coatings with precious metals and gemstones (US Patent: 9,730,868B20).  Her innovative approach to packaging design has earned her worldwide recognition, and she was a finalist for a Clio Image award in 2014.

Veleta’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Museum of Arts & Design (NYC), the Design Museum (Helsinki), the Cheugju International Craft Biennale, and Museum fur Angewandte Kunst.

Her works have been featured in a variety of books and periodicals such as Sculpture magazine, Metalsmith magazine, Marie Claire, WWD Japan, The Boston Globe, 500 Enameled Objects & The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration.


MFA, 2003, Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA, 2000,State University of New York at New Paltz
AAS, 1993,Fashion Institute of Technology

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Vitreous Enamel, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Coatings, Manufacturing, & Package Design

Selected Publications

Bachrach, Lilyan, Contemporary Enameling: Art & Techniques, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006: 180.

Carlock, Marty. “21st Century Metalsmiths: Individual and Collaborative Works.” Sculpture 21 no. 1 (January/February 2002): 63-64.

Darty, Linda. The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration, Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2004: 33.

Ebendorf, Robert. 1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2004: 81. Fallon, Roberta. “Challenge 1.” 15 September 2004. Editors Picks. Philadelphia Weekly.

“FOR THE LOVE OF NAILS,” Marie Claire January 2014: 88.

Fox, Alex. “Introducing….Veleta Vancza.” Scratch August 2014: 102-104.
Meilach, Dona. Art Jewelry Today. Atglen, PA.: Schiffer Publications, Ltd., 2003: 112.

Goss, Gretchen and Maria Phillips. “Enamel: A Current Perspective.” Metalsmith 23, no 4 (Exhibition in Print): 8, 44.

LeVan, Martha. 21st Centrury Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series, Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2011: 341.

Perkins, Sarah 500 Enamel Objects: A Celebration of Color on Metal, Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2008: 34, 109, 269.

Schick, Marjorie. 500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form, Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2006: 21.

Sozanski, Edward J. “Square but Likable.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 February, 2005.

Temin, Christine “Metal Masters.” The Boston Globe, 17 January 2001, Living/Arts Section.

Creative Work

Blaze- International Contemporary Enamel Art Exhibition, 2018
National Taiwan Craft Research & Development Institute, Taiwan

Hard Brilliance: Diverse Approaches in Contemporary Enameling, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA 2010 

Challenging the Chatelaine, Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria 2009
Stedejilk Museum: Hertogenbosch, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands 2008
Design Museum, Ghent, Belguim 2008
Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece 2007
Tabekunstimuuseum, Tallin, Estonia 2007
Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland 2006

Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection, Museum of Arts & Design, New York,NY 2008

Equal Footing: materials + processes + concepts, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN 2008

Rocks-n-Glocks, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2007

Critical Mass: Metalsmithing Under Gary Griffin, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2006

Enamel: Beyond the Object, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH 2005

Challenge 1 Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 2004

Triennial 9 Form and Contents: Corporal Identity: Body Language
Museum fur Angewandte Kunst (MaKu), Frankfurt, Germany 2003
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY 2004

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2003, Cheongju, South Korea 2003

DaimlerChrysler/ Cranbrook Collection, Pontiac, MI 2002-2003

Broad, HAZMAT Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ 2001

21st Century Metalsmiths: Individual and Collaborative Works, New Art Center, Newtonville, MA 2001

Inhorgenta 99: Makuasia, Munich, Germany 1999

Selected Presentations

Hudson Valley Future Summit, Inventors, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY 2016

From Craft to Commerce, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 2016

Artists Now! Distinguished Lecturer

Women’s Summit: Women in Business, School of Fine Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY 2015

Gold: Transparency, Trends, & Techniques, New York, NY 2015

Gold in Beauty: Body Adornment-Panelist

Veleta Vancza, MassArt, Boston, MA 2008

Veleta Vancza, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY 2007

Arts/ Industry, Public Arts Network, Kohler Factory, Kohler, WI 2006

Veleta Vancza, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 2006

Installations, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 2005

Veleta Vancza, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME 2005

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY 2003

Enamels, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN 2003

Exposing Process, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 2003

Insight, Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2002

Current Work, HAZMAT Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ 2001

Awards and Honors

US Patent: US 9,730,868 B2  Aug. 15, 2017

Veleta Vancza, Inventor. Mina Atramentum, Asignee. (2015). Composition having earth materials comprising the pigment.

CLIO Image Award Shortlist, Packaging Design, MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer 2014

Kohler Arts/Industry Residency 2006

Juror’s Award, Craft Forms ’05, Wayne Craft Center, Wayne, PA 2005

Window of Opportunity Grant, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 2004

Honorable Mention, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea 2003

Amazon Scholarship for Women and Girls, Amazon Foundation, Tucson, AZ 2002

Alan and Peggy de Salle Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2002

Dr. Edwin A Ulrich Memorial Scholarship, New Paltz Foundation, State University of New York 2000

Ronald Hayes Pearson Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 2000

Juror’s Choice Award, Craft Forms ’99, Wayne Craft Center, Wayne, PA 1999

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