Randy Long is a professor of art and head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Department. She received a B.A. (1974) and M.A. (1977) from San Diego State University and M.F.A. (1983) from California State University at Long Beach. Professor Long is the recipient of two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships, three Indiana Arts Commission Master’s Fellowships, an Outstanding Young Faculty Award from Indiana University, and an IU President’s Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant. Professor Long has exhibited her work internationally and her work is represented in many private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Yale University Art Gallery and the Indiana University Art Museum. Professor Long has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level for 30 years and in 2007 she was awarded the NICHE Educator of the Year Award.
“As an artist I am involved in the creation of various jewelry forms, objects, and hollowware. In creating jewelry and metal objects my primary concern is achieving a sense of beauty, harmony, and subtle presence within each piece. Form, line, pattern, color, texture, reflection, spatial relationships, and imagery are all important considerations in realizing this objective. Sensitivity to technique, materials, and function must also be present to give clarity to the object and the idea. The concept of the work must have personal meaning but also have the potential to have a universal appeal.
“Botanical forms and nature inspire my latest body of jewelry. I am an avid gardener and I find one of the things that bring me the most joy is flowers and plants. I am captivated by their beauty and by the variety of their of shapes and forms. I have been working with silhouette shapes of flowers and plants to create jewelry that has a clean and minimal aesthetic. I am also working with the macroscopic and microscopic in nature to create works that are not identifiable as any one specific thing.”