EDUCATION // TRAINING

Penland School of Crafts, Iron/Blacksmithing, Penland, North Carolina, 2016
The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, jewelry arts training, San Francisco, CA, 2009
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, emphasis in sculpture, Chicago, IL, 2004-2008
Landmark College, Associate’s Degree, emphasis in silver gelatin photography, Putney, VT, 2002-2004

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PROJECT // INSTALLATIONS 

LUCID AFTERLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES, spring 2016

Behind spring’s most celebrated blossoms is a luminous process, a palpable quality of wisdom and change.  Each specimen had a moment of perfection; inevitably, this euphoric peak is fleeting. By unveiling the sculptural splendor of decay, grief becomes an alluring process and a place of courage. Lucid Afterlife strives to reveal this as triumphant. Mourning requires endurance - the ultimate act of humility, beauty and grace.

(printed on matt-finish aluminum, link for purchase: www.ashleychilds.com/shop-lucid-afterlifeall photos © Ashley Childs)

MUSEO DE ESCULTURAS LUIS PERLOTTI, 2016

Collaborative blacksmithing and sculpture installations with Buenos Aires' Museo de Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti, Evento en Plaza Irlanda con el auspicio de la Embajada de Estados Unidos, la Comuna 6 y el Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti

"LITTLE & LARGE"  |  JEWELRY & SCULPTURE FOR THE BODY AND HOME, 2010

San Diego Visual Arts Network in collaboration with 41 Regional Exhibition Venues throughout SD County promoted of over 90 Sculptors creating Jewelry and Jewelers creating Sculpture inspired by the Calder Jewelry exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, July-Jan, 2010. 

Ashley Childs had the pleasure of installing a floor to ceiling installation in collaboration with San Diego's Visual Arts Network. The "LITTLE & large" gallery installation was made of fine, goldfilled chain and natural japanese akoya keshi pearls, draped from a copper frame, hanging freely in the air as would jewelry in our lives. The smaller reception for the "LITTLE & large" event was held in Solana Beach's community services center, 635 South Highway 101, Solana Beach CA 92075

SAIC GALLERY INSTALLATION, 2007

Ashley Childs installed a ceiling installation piece for her Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis exhibition. Made of fishing line and silver, she hung fine jewels and scrap silver pieces, all draped together over a thick piece of glass. She wanted to showcase the process of fine, small sculpture jewelry, from its progression of scrap castings and tarnished pieces to the final product.

SAIC "LOVE" INSTALLATION, GALLERY SPACE, PRAGUE, 2005

Ashley Childs installed a group show-installation named "Love" in a student gallery space in Prague, Czech Republic, 2005 for an art-history project with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Large, wide layers of white fabric were strategically draped from the ceiling, embodying the essence of "Love" as a palpable, tangible, hands-on experience. 

RESUMÉ

2016

  • Collaborative blacksmithing and sculpture installations with Buenos Aires' Museo de Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti, Evento en Plaza Irlanda con el auspicio de la Embajada de Estados Unidos, la Comuna 6 y el Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti, March 2016

2015

2014

  • Trunk Show, EM's Clothing & Accessories, Metairie, LA
  • Trunk Show, MATUSE [#theblackspot], Del Mar, CA
  • Trunk Show, Una Mae's Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Exhibitor, The California Women's Conference, Long Beach, CA
  • Silent Auction Donation, National Charity League, Newport Beach, CA
  • Silent Auction Donation, Casino for a Cause, San Diego, CA
  • Exhibitor, House of Music & Entertainment, Valentines Soiree, Beverly Hills, CA

2013

2012

  • Exhibitor, The Big Canyon Country Club's Holiday Bazaar, Newport Beach, CA

2011

  • Exhibitor, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sponsor for Flamingo Toes' SoCal Social Event, The City of Orange, California
  • Trunk Show, TEASHI Spa & Salon, San Francisco, California
  • Trunk Show, Carlisle Spring Collection, Rancho Santa Fe, California

2010

2009

2008

  • Artist Addition & Feature Party, Hands on Cedros Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
  • Exhibitor, One of a Kind Show & Sale; Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
  • Exhibitor, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club; Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Trunk Show, Panache & Co. Salon, Del Mar, CA
  • Trunk Show, Salon David Perez, San Diego, CA
  • Exhibitor, Art From Our Hearts Charity Art Festival, Chelsea Manor, East Norwich, NY
  • Exhibitor, Old Town Art Festival, San Diego, California
  • Exhibitor, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft; Philadelphia, PA
  • Exhibitor, GenArt Chicago; Millennium Park; Chicago, IL

2007

  • Exhibitor, Bucktown Holiday Art Show; Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
  • Trunk Show, Private Gallery & Art Exhibition, Del Mar, CA

2006

2005