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
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.
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 2001Inhorgenta 99: Makuasia, Munich, Germany 1999
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