Lin Stanionis is a studio jeweler and metalsmith working with materials ranging from 18K gold and gemstones to cast resins and 3D printed materials. Over the years her work has taken the form of jewelry, vessels, flatware, and small sculpture. More recently, she has focused on singular works of jewelry that draw both inspiration and materials from the surrounding environment, the prairie landscape of Eastern Kansas where she maintains her studio. The vast open sky and endless plains at once hostile yet possessing an extreme raw beauty create a space for contemplation and introspection of both the environment and of oneself. Stanionis views her work as moments in a life's journey; a response to the mysteries and ambiguities of existence.
From 1995- 2017, Lin was Professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of Kansas. She now focuses exclusively on her studio work and during the summer months, Lin accompanies her husband on paleontological digs in western Kansas and Montana.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Lin’s creative works have been exhibited in the US and abroad and have been published in a number of books and periodicals about contemporary art jewelry. Her work has been recognized with research grants, prestigious awards including an M-AAA NEA Fellowship and an interdisciplinary Keeler Professorship at the University of Kansas that was instrumental in advancing her understanding of the prairie biome and its influence on her work. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum, Eskanazi Museum of Art.