6902 Seward Park Ave S

Seattle, Washington USA 98118                         studio 206-725-1915



M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalsmithing 1980; University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

B.A. in Fine Art, 1977; Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

Jewelry manufacturing industry, 1980-1985



2017    Samuel and Patricia Smith People’s Choice Award, Metalmorphosis, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2015    Lifetime Achievement Award, Seattle Metals Guild

2013  Best of Show, Craft Forms 2013, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2005  Artist Trust Fellowship Recipient

2004   Distinguished Alumni of the Year, College of Arts and Humanities,

           Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

2001   City of Seattle Portable Works Collection (Finalist for Mayoral Medal Design)

1995   Seattle Artists (City of Seattle Portable Works Collection)

1992   Artist Trust GAP Grant

1992   Dunbar Jewelers Award for Creative Design in Jewelry

1979   21st Sterling Silver Design Competition, Honorable Mention



Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art,

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas

Stedelijk Museum‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

The Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection

The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon



2012 "Smiling Faces", Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2011  “Protection”, Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2009-10 “Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma,

             Washington, Hallie Ford Museum, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

2008  “Fear Factor”, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, Washington

2005  “Modern Artifacts”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2001   “Adult Education”, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2000   “Homework”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1998    “Armed and Dangerous”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington



2018-19 “Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment”, Fuller Craft Museum, Brokton, MA

2016-17 “Metalmorphosis: Bellevue Biennial 2016, Bellevue Arts Museum,Bellevue, WA

2016-17 “Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection.

                Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2016--  “Connections”, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Gallery, Washington D.C.

2014 “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, National Ornamental Metal Museum,

          Memphis, TN; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA 2014

2014  “Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2011  “Seed to Silver”, World Craft Council Conference, New Delhi, India 

2008-9  “A Bead Quiz”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

2008-9  “Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry”, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

2007  “Craft in America: Expanding Traditions”, Arkansas Arts Center,

           Little Rock, Arkansas; The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,

           Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mingei  International Museum, San Diego, California;

           Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon

2007  “GlassWear”, (traveling exhibition) Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

2007  “Ornanment As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From the Helen Williams Drutt

           Collection”, (traveling exhibition) Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;

           Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; Renwick Gallery

           of the Smithsonian, American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.;

           Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington

2007  “Jewelry by Artists: The Daphne Farago Collection”, Museum of Fine Arts,

           Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

2005  “Transformation 5: Contemporary Works in Found Materials”; (traveling exhibition)

            The Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2004  “A View From America: Contemporary Jewelry (1974-2003)

          Gold Treasury Museum, Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2000  “BEADZ!” New Work by Contemporary Artists, American Craft Museum, New York, New York

1998  “Brooching It Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeline K. Albright”,

          Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Museum Het Kruithuis, s’ Hertogenbosch,

          The Netherlands, Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, 

          Tarbekunstimuuesum, Estonia, American Craft Museum, New York, New York




Mark Fenn, Narrative Jewelry:Tales From the Toolbox. Schiffer Publishing,Ltd., Atglen, PA

Rosie Mills and Bobbye Tigerman, Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection.Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books Prestel, Munich, London, New York 2017

Nora Atkinson, Crafts for a Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection. London: Smithsonian American Art Museums with D Giles Ltd, 2017  

L’Ecuyer, Kelly. Jewelry by Artists: In the Studio, 1940-2000, Selections from the Daphne Farago Collection. Boston: MFA Publications, 2010.

Ilse-Neuman, Ursula. Inspired Jewelry. New York: Museum of Arts and Design and ACC Editions, 2009

LeBaron, Michelle and Platt, Susan Noyes. Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden.Tacoma: Tacoma Art Museum, 2009.

Lauria, Jo and Steve Fenton. Craft In America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists andObjects. New York: Clarkson Potter/Random House, 2007.

Ilse-Neuman, Ursula. GlassWear: Glass in Contemporary Jewelry. Stuttgart:Arnoldsche, 2007.

Strauss, Cindi. Ornament As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From the Helen Williams Drutt Collection. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, 2007

Kangas, Matthew. Craft and Concept: The Rematerialization of the Art Object.New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 2006.

LeVan, Marthe. The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques.

New York: Lark/Sterling Books, 2005.