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Eleanor Moty

Moty was drawn to jewelry and metalsmithing as an undergraduate student at University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana. She was particularly interested in electroplating and photoetching. While at University of Illinois, Moty became acquainted with an expert technician in photoetching that worked in a well-equipped engineering lab. Moty worked with this equipment to produce high-quality photoetched plates and combined it with her electroformed and fabricated pieces. Eleanor Moty is noted for bringing the photoetching process into the metalsmithing field and integrating the process into her work. During her graduate education at Tyler School of Art she researched and developed photoetching equipment for the studio. Her first major electroformed and photoetched piece was shown in the Goldsmith 70 exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of Art. This research and development of the photoetching process was the basis of her entire professional development. Moty found a new direction for her work and uses rutilated quartz as a focus for her pieces.

Moty is the recipient of numerous grants and in 1975 the National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Fellowship. She is published in several publications and has lectured on photoetching and her work. Moty is a distinguished member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the American Craft Association. Her exhibition record includes over one hundred solo, group, international and national exhibitions.