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Strzelec's work included in forthcoming book, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity's Most Transformational Process by Renee Zettle-Sterling and Jen Townsend.

Several of Strzelec's works to be included in the exhibition, Plastic Entanglements Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials curated by Joyce Robinson set to open at Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art and traveling throughout 2018.

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now, Boston Society of Craft, traveling exhibition, Boris Bally, Curator


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Rebecca Strzelec named Penn State University Laureate.

2016 Exhibitions include:

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now, East Carolina University, traveling exhibition, Boris Bally, Curator

Layers Over Time: Works by Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec (solo exhibition), Woodland Gallery, Penn State Abington, Abington PA

Paper/Plastic: Contemporary Adornment, Racine Art Museum, Racine WI


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Strzelec selected as the Allison B. Allen Artist in Residence at Central College in Pella Iowa where she also mounted a solo exhibition of her new series "Trial Balloons".

Strzelec presents paper as part of panel, “Sculptural Hybrids”, at the annual College Art Associate Conference in New York.

2015 Exhibitions include:

Emergence: Craft + Technology, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

Trial Balloons (solo exhibition), Mills Gallery, Central College, Pella IA

PA Pride: Metal Arts in the State of Pennsylvania, Brockway Center for Arts & Technology, Brockway PA

Impossible Instructions, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery, Philadelphia PA


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Strzelec, co-PI, is halfway through a four year, 2 million dollar, NSF grant. Learn more about the grant activities on our wiki site.

2014 Exhibitions include:

Craft Forms 2014 20th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

NJC: The 3-D Print, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies NJ

RULE THE WORLD, friends of Carlotta, Galerie für Schmuck und Objekte, Zurich Switzerland

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
The Digital Hand, Kent State School of Art Main Gallery, Kent OH, Kathleen Browne, Curator


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Line Brooch, part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Arts and Design, included in the exhibition Wear it or NOT: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions (2008-2013), Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY, Ursula Neuman, Curator.

Rebecca Strzelec's Mourning Cuff, Barry Bonds Bracelet is now part of the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin!

Rebecca Strzelec is one of the inaugural artists included in the Dsigndot launch. The online design gallery also includes an interview with Strzelec.

2013 Exhibitions include:

Out of Hand: Materializing the Post Digital, Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY, Ronald Labaco, Curator

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, Rutgers University

Wear it or NOT: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions (2008-2013), Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY, Ursula Neuman, Curator


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Rebecca Strzelec is promoted to full professor at Penn State Altoona!

Rebecca Strzelec is Co-Principal Investigator on a 2 million dollar National Science Foundation Grant.

Rebecca serves as SIGGRAPH 2012 Conference Chair. The annual gathering of all things computer graphics and interactive design brought 21, 212 people to LA from August 5-9. Rebecca's welcome remarks can be seen here.

Age of Bears 4 is acquired by the Juniata College Museum of Art as part of their permanent collection.

Metalsmith Magazine features review of Rebecca Strzelec's exhibition Age of Bears and Other Self Portraits by Sharon Massey (VOL 32/NO 5).

Multiple pieces of Strzelec's featured in the first 3D PrintShow held at The Brewery in London.

Strzelec creates a new series "Spheres and Spools" 8 neckpieces for Penn State Altoona Faculty Exhibition.

2012 Select Exhibitions include:

“Age of Bears and Other Self Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntingdon PA, November 10, 2011- February 4, 2012

“Age of Bears and Other Self Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, Illinois Central College, East Peoria IL, February 15-March 16, 2012

3D PrintShow 2012, Live Show, The Brewery, London UK, October 19-21, 2012

TEDx Labs CADlabORATION Exhibit, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, May 10, 2012

"Small Metals in the Steel City", Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, February 7-April 29, 2012

Faculty Exhibition, Penn State Altoona, October 18-December 16, 2012


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"Digital Mettle" exhibition reviewed in the Memphis Commerical Appeal.












Rebecca Strzelec's "Cross Section 9" brooch including in the best of 500 Series book 21st Century Jewelry: The First Decade

Rebecca Strzelec presents paper “Truth in Materials: Layer Based Artifacts as Integral Process and Surface” with co-author Phil Renato at the RAPID 2011 Conference, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Minneapolis MN, May 2011.

Strzelec's paper “Form Giving: Investigations into Technologically Driven Object Making Practice" presented as part of College Art Association proceedings, February 2011

2011 Select Exhibitions include:

“Age of Bears and Other Self Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntingdon PA, November 10, 2011- February 4, 2012

“Digital Mettle”, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis TN, Curated by Matthew Hollern, June-September 2011.

“Age of Bears and Other Self Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, Sheetz and McLanahan Galleries, Penn State Altoona February 24-March 27 2011

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Rebecca Strzelec included as part of Garth Clark's curated Exhibition in Print in Metalsmith Magazine.

2010 Visiting Artist positions include: Cleveland Institute of Art, OH and Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI, both in March, Penland School of Craft (during Phil Renato's Polymner Chair Reactions class) in July.

Rebecca Strzelec named a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center with visits in April and November of 2010.

Work included in the new book Lark Studio Series: Pendants


Strzelec included as a featured artist in Penn State's DIGI-Net, Digital Inquiry and Group Innovation Network brochure. Designed by Ryan Russell, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Penn State.


Rebecca Strzelec invited to present “Not Your Everyday Jewelry: A Survey of Contemporary Adornment from High Fashion to Hi-tech,” at the 60th Alumni Insititute of Traditional Reunion Weekend, Penn State Alumni Association, Unviersity Park PA, Spring 2010.

2010 Select Exhibitions include:

“Realizing the Neo-Palatial”, National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis TN, Garth Clark, Curator, November 5 2010 – January 16 2011

“TRANSMUTATIONS: Materials Reborn”, Travelling Exhibition, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Houston TX, Facere Gallery, Seattle WA, Gallery Loupe, Montclair NJ, Susan Sloan, Curator, January-June 2010

“James Renwick Alliance Benefit, Bethesda MD, April 2010

"The Plastic Show”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco CA, October 2010

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Rebecca Strzelec selected as a Penn State University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching Fellow! This highly selective teaching has been bestowed to 36 members of the faculty since 1986.

Three of Strzelec's pieces included in the new book 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of A Modern Material. "Cross Section 9" from Army Green Orchids shown on the back cover!

Rebecca Strzelec's “Alone Brooch” is included in the book Inspired Jewelry From the Museum of Arts and Design, by Ursula IIse-Neuman.

Rebecca Strzelec gives lecture about her work and practice at Idaho State University in Pocatello Idaho.



The sixth Penn State Altoona Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities was presented to Harvey Pekar, internationally-renowned comic-book author, jazz critic, and commentator on American society, on October 5. The ceremonial bowl was once again created by Rebecca Strzelec.




Rebecca Strzelec's Mourning (cuff bracelet) from "Baseball in Three Parts" 2008 included in Marjorie Simon's article Objects of Remembrance Contemporary Mourning Jewerlry in Metalsmith Magazine VOL. 25/No. 5/2009



Penn State Altoona gifts Cross Section 6 brooch from Rebecca Strzelec's 2005-2006 series, Army Green Orchids to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Read more about her visit to campus here.


2009 Exhibitions include:

THE STIMULUS PROJECT, Sienna Gallery at SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art), Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, November 2009 and Sienna Gallery in Lenox, MA June-August 2009

The Project's aim is to provide an opportunity for handmade jewelry and objects to be accessible to a larger audience and to stimulate the flow of income for artists working across the United States and Canada. With 80 of the most talented emerging artists participating in the project

Next Iconoclasts, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Curated by Gail M. Brown. January 15-February 22

A invitational show curated by independent curator Gail M. Brown, Next Iconoclasts showcases emerging artists from a national body of makers through their explorations in clay, fibers, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

Decorative Resurgance, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ, April 20-May 28

"Decorative Resurgance" is a juried exhibition focused on contemporary metalwork and jewelry inspired by historical ornamentation and decoration. Work in the show references historical decorative metalwork, jewelry, functional and non-functional objects, architecture, textile patterns, and/or processes.

Master of Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition 1969-2009, Tyler MFA Alumni Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA, Curated by Vickie Sedman, May-June

This exhibition will display the diverse accomplishments of the Tyler Alumni.

rEvolution: 100 Years of Teaching Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Curated by Sharon Church and Rod McCormick, May 14-July 26

rEvolution will highlight the work of all the artists that have taught at UArts over the years.

Jewelry in Motion, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curated by Gail M. Brown, May 21, 7:30-10:30 PM

Sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and SNAG. This special evening event includes: "Jewelry in Motion," a fashion show coordinated by Gail M. Brown

NEOTERIC MATTER- New Studio Jewelry, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, Curated by Daniella Kerner, May-June

The exhibition, juried by Daniella Kerner, Associate Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, will focus on jewelry that is primarily comprised of new 21st century materials or late 20th century materials, and their related processes, that have significantly influenced the field of jewelry. A few examples of new materials include: polymers, materials used in rapid proto-typing, electronics, Precious Metal Clay, new metal alloys, and composite materials

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The fourth Penn State Altoona Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities was presented to Mk Haley, Director of Digital Design for the Disney-ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team, on October 9. The ceremonial bowl was created by Rebecca Strzelec.


Rebecca Strzelec's work accepted into Museum of Arts and Design's permanent collection! Read the Penn State Altoona press release here.

Rebecca Strzelec earns tenure and promotion, at the rank of associate professor, from Penn State Altoona.

The third Penn State Altoona Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities was presented to Sandra Petrulionis, the first internal recipient, professor of English and American Studies at Penn State Altoona. The ceremonial bowl was created by Rebecca Strzelec.

Iran Neckpiece and Bravery Pendant included in the new 500 Pendants and Lockets book curated by Michael Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt.

Rebecca co-organizes SNAG 2008 Education Dialogue in Savannah.


Five pieces from the Army Green Orchids Series will be on display as part of SCHMUCK 2008 in Munich Germany. The internationally juried exhibition will feature 59 jewelers from 21 countries. Rebecca Strzelec is one of two Americans. "This special exhibition is the eldest exhibition of contemporary jewelry work in the world. It takes place since 1959 every year during the International Trade Fair in March. The high standards and stunning inventiveness of its participants turn the international special show SCHMUCK into a renowned show case for trends in jewellery art world wide. The selection is made by a distinguished jewellery teacher changing every year." -SCHMUCK


2008 Exhibitions include:

Slices Invitational, Clark Gallery at the University of Texas Pan American, Curated by Donna Sweigart. April 17-May 9

Craft making has evolved with the discovery of new materials and technologies. The development of human societies has historically been categorized by metalwork. As artisans, we adapted and evolved through many different stages which have grown shorter in length over time. This exhibition is a collection of works by “metalsmiths” working in a digital manner with alternative materials. The show will be held in the Clark Gallery at the University of Texas Pan American, within a culturally diverse region, on the border of Mexico and the United States.

Vested Interest, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Curated by Lena Vigna. May 25-September 6

This large group exhibition features contemporary artists that explore the complex dynamic between adornment and sociopolitical issues—artists that ruminate on, and perhaps offer challenges to, the status quo. Several artists create wearable garments and accessories that highlight their concerns about contemporary political and social conflict. Others use dress as a way to touch on larger issues of labor, production, community, power, and individual identity.

Neoteric Matter-New Studio Jewelry, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences. Curated by Daniella Kerner. August 1-September 25

This groups exhibition will focus on jewelry that is primarily comprised of new 21st century materials, or late 20th century materials (and related processes), that have significantly influenced the field of jewelry.

Treasury of Digital Form, Galerie Handwerk, Munich Germany. September 5-October 4

This international invitational exhibition "will be devoted to illustrating the diverse areas of application, processes, and effects connected with the use of computers in the crafts and applied arts. A selection of innovative designers in the areas of photography, computer graphics, jewellery, ceramics, and textiles will indicate that, with the aid of the latest tools, today's design is on the path to a new, contemporary visual language, and that this involves changes in working methods as well."

CADlabORATION, Winthrop University Galleries, September 12-October 24

This exhibition will present a collection of collaboratively designed objects utilizing CAD technology. The exhibition is coordinated by a group of artists and educators who have formed their own cooperative organization, CADlaboration. These artists are simultaneously exploring emerging technologies, contemporary crafts education, and collaborative design and production.

Girls Play Games, Facere Art Jewelry Gallery, Seattle Washington, Curated by Gail Brown. October 1-25

"Nine women who make jewelry are each asked to create a group of unique, wearable pieces in her own visual vocabulary employing media we have come to associate with her, motivated by the specific challenge of games and play."--Gail Brown

The Pendant Show, Celebrating 500 Pendants & Lockets by Lark Books, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco CA. October 29-November 30


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August 15, 2007 Adam Vorlicek and Rebecca Strzelec get married!

Strzelec's piece “Most days she dreams of being a tree” is part of the Art of the Martini show at ZaRUBa & ZaRUBA December 2007.

The second Penn State Altoona's Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities was presented to Walter Everett, a leading scholar in the fields of musicology and music theory. The ceremonial bowl was created by Rebecca Strzelec.

Rebecca Strzelec is Conference Arts Director for SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.

Strzelec's piece Octane is part of the Anti-War Medals show September 2007 at the Thomas Mann Gallery in New Orleans.

SIGGRAPH 2007 begins August 5th in San Diego. Rebecca is Chair of the Guerilla Studio, one of the most popular conference venues.

Phil Carrizzi and Rebecca Strzelec's essay "Whither One of a Kind?" has been selected as part of the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping in Portugal.

Rebecca Strzelec named Program Coordinator for Penn State Altoona's brand new degree, Visual Art Studies.

Rebecca Strzelec featured in Altoona Mirror article State of the Art as the traveling exhibition Outside the Centers/On the Edge makes its final stop at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, PA through September 30.

Army Green Orchids included in the Richmond, Virginia exhibition Radius 250.

The exhibition Virtual/Tangible v2.0 features new work by Rebecca as well as others creating through computer aided technologies. Curated by Douglas Bucci and Matthew Hollern, the show opens on January 24 at Velvet Da Vinci in San Francisco and runs through March 4.


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Sharon Elaine Thompson's article "Craft at a Crossroads" in the December 2006 Lapidary Journal magazine features excerpts from an interview with Rebecca as well as images of recent work from her Shorthand Series and Army Green Orchids series.

Pulitzer Prize winning Author Richard Russo (Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool, EmpireFalls, and Straight Man) is the first to receive Penn State Altoona's Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities. The award, a computer aided designed and rapid prototyped bowl, was created by Penn State Altoona faculty member Rebecca Strzelec. The bowl was built via the stereolithography process through a generous donation from ProtoCAM. The ceremony, was held on October 10 and included a reading by Russo.

Rebecca Strzelec's solo exhibition "Army Green Orchids" will be exhibited at Velvet Da Vinci in San Francisco from September 7- October 15. Rebecca will be giving a lecture about her work at Velvet Da Vinci on September 28 at 6:30pm.

Rebecca Strzelec's work can also be seen in "Liberty and Security in a Post 9/11 World" an exhibition at Drury University's Pool Art Center. The exhibition was juried by writer Peter Clothier and runs from September 8- October 3. 

Two of Rebecca Strzelec's sculptures are included in "MicroMonumentals". This traveling exhibition of work no larger than 5 x 3 x 2 inches will visit The Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts and Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. The show will continue on to other venues through 2008. Read more about the exhibition here.

Strzelec's Cross Section #2 Brooch is featured on the cover of the new Palgrave Macmillian book Postmodern Humanism in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Reconciling the Void by Todd Davis and Ken Womack.

Rebecca Strzelec is one of 2006 Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, Education Dialogue panelists along with Doug Bucci, Phil Carrizzi, Matthew Hollern, Sim Luttin, and James Thurman.        

Rebecca Strzelec is one of the participating artists in Kendall College of Art and Design's Unfolding, a group exhibition of contemporary jewelry/accessories and metal objects shown with process drawings and finished work.

Deborah Bernhardt's book of poetry Echolalia available now! Bernhardt is the recipient of the 2004Intro Poetry Prize from Four Way Books. Pieces from The Shorthand Series can be seen on the front and back covers.

In her review of the "Alternatives: Materials/Means" exhibition in the Spring 2006 Metalsmith Magazine, Katherine Ingraham states that the show is " visually arresting and thought provoking". Of Rebecca Strzelec she writes, "...there is something to be admired in the strength of the gesture and her willingness to expand the visual language of this relatively new process." Five pieces from the 2004-2005 Shorthand Series were a part of this exhibition. Solid Brooch is pictured in the review.

Metalsmith Magazine and American Craft Magazine feature brooches from The Shorthand Series.

Altoona Brooch is included in the Fall 2005 Metalsmith Magazine article "Influence of the Digital Toward a New Medium" by Douglas Bucci and Matthew Hollern. The second of two articles addressing digital technologies within the metals field includes the work and process of such innovators as Stanley Lechtzin, Daniella Kerner, Phil Carrizzi, Richard Nelipovich, Rod McCormick, Joe Wood, and Jennifer Sholtis Garfall.

Deborah Krupenia's December 2005/January 2006 American Craft Magazine article "Alternatives Materials/Means" includes Solid Brooch. The article reviews the recent Rhode Island College exhibition by the same name curated by Sondra Sherman.

Outside the Centers/On the Edge Exhibition to feature new work from Rebecca Strzelec's "Army Green Orchids" series. The traveling exhibition of Pennsylvania artists will kickoff at Kutztown University's Sheridan Gallery on January 26 and will run through February 28, 2006.

Rebecca Strzelec named Millay Colony for the Arts 2005 Nancy Graves Fellow. Recipients of this honor are chosen based on the significance of their month long residency at the Millay Colony. Strzelec spent July 2005 in the Speinson Studio at Steepletop developing her current series Army Green Orchids.

“The Shorthand Series” a paper based on Strzelec's recent series to be presented as part of the Women and Creativity conference at Marquette University on Friday, March 23 2006.