Caroline Gore is an artist currently working in Philadelphia, where she maintains a studio in the northeast at the Crane Arts Building. She joined the faculty at The University of the Arts in 2014 as an Associate Professor of Craft & Material Studies in The School of Art and College of Art Media and Design. Gore holds a BFA in Crafts with a jewelry focus from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. Although her studio practice is rooted in jewelry and metalsmithing, her work varies in media, scale and implementation – ranging from jewelry to sculptural installations, photography and large-scale drawing.
Her teaching career started in 2001 at Interlochen Arts Academy, a prestigious private arts school in Northern Michigan. In 2004, she joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in The Gwen Frostic School of Art, and she achieved tenure and rank as Associate Professor in 2010. Institutions such as The Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute and Cranbrook Academy of Art have invited her as a visiting critic in recent years; she also lectures on her work and the work of the jewelry/metals field internationally through conference proceedings and residencies. In 2012, Gore taught a short course at Penland School of Crafts assisting students on locating the core of their research and sustaining meaningful studio practices through an examination of literature, material meaning and other conceptual strategies. She will be returning to Penland this summer to teach a similar course with the added challenge and caveat of breaking/questioning unconscious habits and impulses within artistic practice.
Gore exhibits her work through galleries and nonprofit spaces; venues have included the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Michigan, Velvet da Vinci and various art fairs through New York based gallery Ornamentum. She is currently represented by Gallery Loupe in Montclair, New Jersey. Her work is also regularly found in print including Metalsmith Magazine, exhibition catalogues, and numerous 500 series books published by Lark Books.
In 2009, Gore received a Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and in 2010 the exhibition site: interventions, observations and simulations opened at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference. The work in this exhibition spanned a multi year investigation of site and the direct and often indirect relationships we have to place through experience and remembering. In 2012 she was awarded a sabbatical for research from Western Michigan University for the academic year 2012-13. The exhibition …mercurial silence… was the result of this intense period of time spent in studio where through research and experimentation she plumbed deeper into material meaning, the histories jewelry and objects hold and our unique ability to process memory though remembering, forgetting and furthermore – transforming. An exhibition catalogue with essays by Kerianne Quick, Susie J. Silbert and an introduction by C. James Meyer is now available as a living document of this body of work.
From 2015 – 2016 she was a guest artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia supporting an inquiry into using ceramics in her work. To further support this work in May of 2016, Gore was awarded a spot in the Haystack Open Studio Residency in Maine and continued her investigation of porcelain slip casting – she is currently on the cusp of realizing a larger project in this material. Examples of her work can be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Racine Art Museum, and numerous private collections.