March 22, 2011

Metalsmith graduate returns for demonstration

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A Brent Kington student will return to Southern Illinois University Carbondale for an electroforming demonstration, courtesy of the Southern Illinois Metalsmith Society (SIMS) a registered student organization in the School of Art and Design.

Dennis Nahabetian presents an artist lecture at 7 p.m. on March 25 in the Allyn Building, Room 112. He will also demonstrate his electroforming technique during workshops this weekend in the metals studio in Pulliam Hall – Industrial Wing.

Nahabetian earned his master of fine arts degree in metalsmithing from SIUC in 1996, and was a student of Brent Kington and Richard Mawdsley.

Nahabetian creates jewelry and vessels, and offers lectures, workshops and demonstrations. He describes his jewelry as based on “nature, music notation and rhythm.” His vessels include the structural as well as the decorative. He cites historical works of art and architectural elements among his influences.

Nahabetian is a former recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship and an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. His home studio is in Orchard Park, N.Y. His works are part of private collections and public exhibits, including The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and the del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles.

For more information about Dennis Nahabetian, visit