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The Night Gallery presents Small Metals – Big Ideas

On Nov. 4–28 the Night Gallery at the Tempe Marketplace presents Becky McDonah’s Hearing Protection Protector: A Reliquary for Ear Plugs.

Photo by Becky McDonah

October 04, 2010

Small Metals – Big Ideas is presented by the ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Artists in the Small Metals – Big Ideas exhibit are School of Art faculty, graduate students and alumni, including: Erik Bogner, Amanda Frazier, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Leon Nash, Katie Poterala, Michelle Startzman, and Sam Troxell.

Works showcased at Small Metals – Big Ideas range from small intricate jewelry to hollowware and sculpture. The creative approaches of the artists produce a variety of dynamic and unique results, ranging from delicate to humorous, to beautiful. From Nov. 4–28, the Night Gallery showcases Small Metals – Big Ideas that includes works by metal artists and students within the ASU School of Art’s metalworking program. The public is invited to meet with Small Metals – Big Ideas artists Nov. 4–5, 6–9 p.m.

"This exhibition is exciting in that it showcases the work of current students alongside the work of faculty and alumni,” says Katie Poterala, ASU School of Art MFA candidate in metals. “It cannot be categorized by any specific style, production process, or intent. Rather, it provides a unique and highly diverse insight into a variety of contemporary working methods and ideas."

Alongside traditional materials used by metal artists, such as brass, pewter, copper, nickel, and sterling silver, Small Metals – Big Ideas works include leather, tin cans, embroidery thread, earplugs and hearing aid batteries, and other unexpected materials. Techniques include damascus, mokume, and enamel.

The Night Gallery at the Tempe Marketplace is an exhibition space for ASU School of Art faculty, graduate students and alumni in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The gallery is a result of a partnership between the Herberger Institute and Vestar Development Company.

The Night Gallery is located at the Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ. The gallery is on the west end and south side of “The District” between Barnes & Noble bookstore and Aeropostale.

Exhibition: Nov. 4–28, 2010
Meet the Artists: Nov. 4–5, 6–9 p.m.
Night Gallery hours: 6–9 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday

This exhibition and meet the artists event are free and open to the public.

Public Contact
James White
ASU School of Art professor

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

Media Contact:
Michelle White 
ASU School of Art 
Night Gallery