92nd Street Y Names Ineke Heerkens Jewelry Artist in Residence

The Jewelry Center at New York City’s iconic 92nd Street Y has announced its second annual Artist in Residence: Amsterdam-based jeweler Ineke Heerkens.

The jewelry education and incubation program debuted its 92Y International Jewelry Residency program last summer when it hosted hip-hop-inspired Swedish goldsmith Göran Kling.

The program gives artists time and space to work in New York City—and to make connections in and around the city. Each artist is provided with living and working space in the city for a month.

Heerkens (pictured) creates otherworldly-feeling jewelry using metal, textiles, and ceramics. Her mixed-media pieces often feature hand-forged ceramic “beads” that recall fossilized shells (and the squishy organisms they house).

Ineke Heerkens silver necklace

Ineke Heerkens necklace (via: @ineke_heerkens)

Ineke Heerkens necklace purple

Ineke Heerkens necklace (via: @ineke_heerkens)

Heerkens’ residency begins Aug. 22 and culminates with her leading two full-day workshops Sept. 22–23.

The artist was chosen for the 92Y International Jewelry Residency program by a jury that includes Kathy Chazen, a 92Y board and Jewelry Center committee member (Chazen supports the program); Ulysses Grant Dietz, chief curator and curator of decorative arts for the Newark Museum; Marion Fasel, founder and editorial director of The Adventurine; Barbara Paris Gifford, assistant curator for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; and Jonathan Wahl, director of the 92Y Jewelry Center.

“Ineke was selected by the jury for her incredible work in jewelry, and her compelling interdisciplinary project proposal to collaborate with the ceramics, painting, and dance centers at 92Y, in addition to jewelry,” said Wahl in a prepared statement.

Heerkens was inspired as a child by the New York City art scene and seeing Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie at the Museum of Modern Art, according to the same statement, and said, “I’m looking forward to assembling my ‘beads’ into a ‘New York necklace,’ as Mondrian did with his art.”

The jury also named two semifinalists this year—Jessica Andersen, who uses found materials including plastic bags in her electro-formed jewelry pieces; and mixed-media jewelry artist Maral Mamaghanizadeh

The Jewelry Center at 92nd Street Y is an educational hub that serves more than 1,400 students a year through 60 weekly classes, weekend workshops, and visiting artists. The program recently announced a Jewelry Talks series led by Town & Country magazine editor-in-chief and author Stellene Volandes.

Top: Ineke Heerkens capturing a new necklace for her Instagram (via: @ineke_heerkens)

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