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National Ornamental Metal Museum

Contact Name: Judy Davis


374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN 38106

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Phone: 901-774-6380

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The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration, classes, onsite fabrication of artwork and architectural elements, Intern Programs, Artist Residencies and a nationally recognized Apprenticeship Program. Tours and tour curriculum are prepared and led by the Curatorial and Exhibitions. Demonstrations and hands-on activities are developed and led by the Metalworking Staff.

Grace Stewart, Collections and Exhibitions Manager, 2014 – Present
Stewart oversees two full-time employees, a part-time digital archivist and numerous interns and volunteers. Under her leadership, the Museum has secured grants for the installation of Visible Storage Units and the digitization of over 16,000 slides.  She has introduced new educational initiatives, including hands-on activities related to exhibitions, educational pamphlets and online curriculum for teachers and parents.  In 2015 she was recognized with the first Tennessee Association of Museum’s Emerging Professional Award.  Prior to joining the team at the Metal Museum, Stewart worked and volunteered for several cultural institutions and organizations.  She most recently served as the Registrar for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, managing a rapidly expanding permanent collection during a $28 million renovation.  At the Metal Museum, she is currently working to improve the accessibility and sustainability of the permanent collection through initiatives including new visible storage units, research spaces and online access to the object catalog.  Grace received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramic Sculpture from Alfred University and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Nancy Cook, Exhibition Coordinator, 2015 – Present
Nancy Cook received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis in 2009. She went on to receive her M.A. in Art History with a certificate in Museum Studies in 2011, also from the University of Memphis. While in graduate school, she began work as an assistant at L. Ross Gallery in Memphis.  After three years as an assistant, she transitioned to the Gallery’s Director.  Cook then went on to serve as the Coordinator of Galleries, Exhibitions and Lectures at Memphis College of Art, where she was responsible for overseeing exhibitions for all five MCA galleries and the Visiting Artist Lecture Series.  As the newest member of the Curatorial Department at the Metal Museum, she is responsible for assisting in all operations related to temporary exhibits, including the creation of educational materials.

Jim Masterson, Shop Foreman, 2000 – Present
Jim has been responsible for operating the Metals Shop at the Metal Museum for over 15 years. His responsibilities include overseeing the shop staff, Interns, Apprentices and Volunteers. He serves as Designer, Estimator and Fabricator for Museum projects and has an extensive background in teaching students of all ages. Masterson has a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL and a MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, from Miami University, Oxford OH.

Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh, Shop Coordinator and Foundry Technician, 2013 – Present
Jeannie has over 20 years of experience with the Metal Museum. Starting as a volunteer in the early 90’s, taking classes, seeking instruction from noted Artist Blacksmiths from around the country, and coming back to the Metal Museum as an Artist in Residence. She has experience in both the shop and foundry, coupled with a BS in Business from the University of Memphis.

James Vanderpool, Foundry Operations Manager, 2014 – Present
James recently moved to Memphis to join the Metal Museum as our Foundry Manager. James comes to Memphis by way of Lexington, KY, where he taught studio art at The University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. James holds his MFA in sculpture from Georgia State University, where he specialized in foundry and woodworking. James personal practice focuses on industrial objects and topography.
Repairs Specialist: Kevin Burge, Repairs Specialist, 2006- Present
Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Kevin graduated from Missouri State University in 2006. In addition to making jewelry, silverware, and other fine metalwork, he currently heads our Repairs Lab and teaches a variety of classes, including enameling and copper weathervanes.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Exhibition Tour with Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

The Metal Museum provides tours of changing exhibitions, the permanent collection and the grounds that may be paired with forging and casting demonstrations and hands-on activities. Tours include a staff tour guide, teaching guides for pre or post visit discussions and worksheets for K – 12 grades.  Hands-on activities are designed for various age groups.  Demonstrations typically include the forging of a hook or of a blade, which may be kept by the tour organizer, and the casting of an aluminum or bronze mold.  Tours and hands-on activities may be combined with a picnic on the grounds.

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Program Title: Abraham Darby, the Industrial Revolution and the Foundry

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Students will learn foundry techniques pioneered during the Industrial Revolution,

as well as present day practices, through a guided tour of the Metal Museum.

Students will also have the opportunity to watch an aluminum pour and to make

their own cast aluminum tiles.


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Program Title: Aluminum Scratch Block Mural

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This is an educational activity for multiple students to create a

permanent art mural out of scratch block tiles to be installed at a location of the

organization’s choosing. The Metal Museum will provide onsite aluminum pours

to create relief sculptures designed by the students. It will teach students artistic

design for relief sculptural images. Groups of 20 students will go through a 2 hour

instruction on resin bonded sand tiles, techniques for creating high and low

relief, and leave with finished castings in aluminum by the end. Emphasis will be

on reverse read (such as in printmaking), linear design and volumetric design.

It will involve students’ understanding of how to create a collaborative piece of

art by working in a group. Design meetings will occur with department heads or

instructors as to the preferred imagery of the mural. When a composition


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