Résumé

Lisa Geertsen
6555 5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98106
firelightforge@gmail.com
206-605-1095

EDUCATION
1997 BFA/Sculpture West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

WORK EXPERIENCE

2013 – Present   Metal and Stone Sculpture Studio Manager, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
2007 – Present   Owner Firelight Forge LLC, Seattle WA
2006-2007       Sole Proprietor, GAL Metalworks, Seattle WA
2006-2007       Blacksmith/Fabricator, Five Star Industries, Seattle WA
2003-2006       Apprentice Blacksmith, Fire Mountain Forge, Eatonville WA
2002-2003       Blacksmith/Fabricator, Metalsmith Designs, Fort Myers FL
2001-2002       Fabricator, Fabrication Specialties, Seattle WA
1999-2001       Blacksmith/Fabricator, 47 Productions, Seattle WA

TEACHING

2008   Present Blacksmithing Instructor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle WA
2017       Guest Blacksmith for Hawaii Artist Collaboration, One Day Mini Colab, Holualoa, HI
2016       Guest Instructor for Sculpture Students, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2016       Featured Demonstrator, Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association, OH
2016       Chasing and Repousse’ Instructor, Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association, OH
2015       Guest Instructor for Sculpture Students, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2014       Featured Demonstrator, Florida Artist Blacksmith Association, Ocala, FL
2013       Featured Demonstrator, Bonneville Forge Council Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
2012       Visiting Artist Workshops and Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2011       Featured Demonstrator, Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Quad state Roundup, Troy OH
2011       Guest Instructor, Blue Hell Studio, Cincinnati OH
2006 – 2007       Blacksmithing Instructor, Arts Cabins, Government Camp OR
2003 – 2006       Blacksmithing Instructor, Seattle Waldorf School, Seattle WA

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Custom design/build for private residences
Industrial Gate and Fence        Sheet steel gate and fence, Mercer Island, WA
Rhododendron Railing        Sculptural railings and gate, Mercer Island, WA
Tree of Life       Sculptural firescreen, Olympia WA
Bamboo Vignette      Bamboo sculpture as decorative element, Redmond WA
Bar Grille       Mexican Folk Art style security grille for outdoor bar, Seattle WA
Gate       Art Nouveau style entry gate, Seattle WA
Exterior railing        Handrail with bamboo elements Redmond WA
Exterior fire feature      Life size metal bear sculpture, Seattle WA
Interior railing          Multi-level with waterfall Motif, Seattle WA
Security window grille         Banana flower motif, Seattle WA

Custom design/build for commercial clients

Trail Bend Brewhaus        Bar stools, table bases and various fixtures. Seattle, WA
The Yard Café        Bar stools and fixtures for expansion, Seattle, WA
Norm’s Eatery        “Norm & Bea” custom dog portrait panel.  Seattle, WA
The Yard Café        Interior/exterior metalwork including back bar and fire feature,  Seattle WA
Milagro Cantina         Milagro Tree: large-scale metal tree, Kirkland WA
Legacy at Pratt Park        “Intertwined Ecology” decorative metal panels for security gates, Seattle, WA
Snoose Part Dieu restaurant        Copper mural, railings, and bar surface design with copper inlay, Seattle WA
Norm’s Eatery        “Rage” and “Polly”, dog portraits, Seattle WA
Norm’s Eatery        Exterior railing incorporating individual dog portraits, Seattle WA
The Dray restaurant         Custom beer tap enclosure and sign, Seattle WA

EXHIBITIONS

2017
Making our Mark      Juried group show surveying 40 years of Pratt Fine Arts Center Teaching artists. Curated by Michael W. Monroe. Bellevue Arts Museum, WA
Seattle Metals Guild – Wawona       Invitational, curated by the Seattle Metals Guild, Pt. Townsend, WA
Pratt Auction       Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle, WA
NWBA Conference Show      Group Show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Longview, WA

2016
NWBA Conference Show      Group Show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Longview, WA
ABANA Conference Show      Group Show, Salt Lake City, UT
Pratt Auction        Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle, WA

2015
Women In Metal       Group Show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Pratt Fine Arts Center Hallway Gallery, Seattle, WA
NWBA Conference Show       Group Show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Longview, WA
Pratt Auction       Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle, WA

2014
Show of Hearts      Solo Show, Pratt Fine Arts Center Hallway Gallery, Seattle, WA
NWBA Conference Show      Group Show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Longview, WA
ABANA Conference Show      Group Show, Harrington, DE
Pratt Auction        Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle, WA

2013
Georgetown Art and Garden Tour      Community performance art and sculpture with Equinox  Studios, Seattle, WA
Georgetown Carnival      Community performance art and sculpture with Equinox  Studios, Seattle, WA
Pratt Auction        Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle, WA
NWBA Confrence Show        Group show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Longview, WA
Show of Hearts         Solo show, Equinox Studios, Seattle, WA

2012
Northwest Anvil 4        Group show, Pratt Gallery at Tashiro Kaplan Studios, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Seattle, WA
Wild Arts Festival         Juried group show and sale, Portland, OR
West Seattle Summer Fest      Juried group show and sale, Seattle, WA
Pratt Auction        Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle, WA
NWBA Confrence Show        Group show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Longview, WA
Show of Hearts      Solo show, Pratt Gallery, Seattle WA

2011
Show of Hearts      Solo show, Twilight Artist Collective, Seattle WA
Wild Arts Festival      Juried group show and sale, Portland OR
Northwest Anvil 3        Group show, Twilight Artist Collective, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Seattle WA
Raven Art Show   Juried group show, Government Camp OR, Western States Blacksmith Conference Group show, Government Camp, OR. curated by Lisa Geertsen
West Seattle Summer Fest      Juried group show and sale, Seattle WA
Seattle Metals Guild Biennial      Group show, Washington State Convention Center,       Seattle, WA

2010
Show Some Heart      Solo show, Frida, Seattle WA
Dotted Line Studios        Solo show, Seattle, WA
Twin Peaks      Group show, Snoose Part Dieu restaurant, curated by Lisa Geertsen and Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Seattle WA
Wild Arts Festival    Juried exhibition and sale, Portland OR
Northwest Anvil 2   Group show, Twilight Artist Collective, curated by   Lisa Geertsen, Seattle WA
NWBA Conference Show    Group show, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Stevenson WA
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts        Juried show and sale, Lake Oswego OR
Flights of Fancy        Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction, Seattle WA
Forged From Fire        Group show, Pratt Gallery at Tashiro Kaplan Studios,    Seattle WA
Bad Words        Group show, Twilight Artist Collective, curated by Chris Crites,  Seattle WA
Georgetown Winter Arts Festival       Invitational arts event, Seattle, WA

2009
HeArt Show         Solo show, Twilight Artist Collective, Seattle WA
Northwest Anvil 1        Group show, Twilight Artist, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Seattle WA
 Wild Arts Festival        Juried show and sale, Portland OR
Dream Cycle      Two-person show with Andy Blakney, Snoose Part Dieu   restaurant, Seattle WA
Equinox Group Show      Twilight Artist Collective, curated by Lisa Geertsen, Seattle  WA

2008
Wild Arts Festival    Juried show and sale, Portland OR

2007
Art Royale    Juried show and fundraiser, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers FL
Massive : Intrinsic   Group invitational show, Mac’s Farm, Cincinnati OH
One Foot Square    Juried show, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers FL

2006
Art Royale    Juried show and fundraiser, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers, FL

2005
Mountain High XV      Invitational show, Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood OR
Art Royale    Juried show and fundraiser, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers FL

2004
Art Royale    Juried show and fundraiser, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers FL

2003
Art Royale    Juried show and fundraiser, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers FL

 

COLLECTIONS

Leah Melvoin, Olympia, WA
Erin & Tom Hirschler, Seattle, WA
Anthony Hill, Seattle, WA
Emily Pickering, Seattle WA
Pamela and Gary Nickolisen, McMinnville OR
Sandy Gross, Cincinnati OH
Dawn Boughton, Los Angeles CA
Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers FL
Darryl Nelson, Eatonville WA

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2017 – Geek Girl Con “Self Taught” panelist
2017- Seattle Mini Maker Faire Outreach Committee Co-Chair
2016- Seattle Mini Maker Faire Outreach Committee
2015 – present Auction Committee, Pratt Fine Arts Center
2015 – Marketing Committee, Pratt Fine Arts Center
2014 – Geek Girl Con “Women in the Maker Movement” pannelist
2013-2015 Education Committee, Pratt Fine Arts Center
2015 – present Seattle Metals Guild Member & Symposium Committee Member
2010 – 2012 Twilight Artist Collective
2007 – present Equinox Studios member
1999 – present Northwest Blacksmith Association (NWBA) member, ha