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       The art that I make is a physical representation of the belief that art has more than just aesthetic value.  Through multiple mediums, I explore the interaction between individuals and the world around us.   


       Fluid line quality and elements of movement, both literal and implied, are crucial aspects of my work.  This engagement of the eyes and, in some cases moving parts, encourages people to interact with the pieces.  This interest in viewer engagement is what attracted me to Metalsmithing.  Not just the interactive capabilities of things like wearable art and jewelry, but also the incredible intimacy of these historic processes and precious materials.


            Traditional processes are a powerful metaphor in my work. By combining formal training with alternate materials and contemporary processes, it draws connections between the longevity of tradition and the impacts of instant gratification on the world we leave behind.   The intention is to plant a seed in viewers, in hopes that the interactions they have in the gallery will affect the actions they take in their daily lives.   

Artist Statement



Ginger Rasmussen

Artist   -   Licensed Massage Therapist   -   St. Louis, MO   -  




   2019                              Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

                                                             Bachelors of Fine Arts emphasis in Metalsmithing: Magna Cum Laude

                                                                        Casting & fabrication

                                                                        Vessel forming techniques

                                                                        Color on metal

                                                                        Surface Techniques

   2015                                          St. Louis Community College at Meramec

                                                             Associates in General Fine Arts: Academic Honors

                                                                        Advanced Figure Drawing

                                                                        Advanced Ceramics



                                                                               Mold-making techniques

                                                                               Glaze mixing & electric Kiln loading

   2007                                          Midwest Institute of Medical Assisting

                                                              Board Certified in Massage Therapy

                                                                        Deep Tissue

                                                                        Sports Massage

                                                                        Trigger Point Therapy


Professional Experience

    2009 – Present                        Freelance Artist

                                                                        Jewelry and Drawings

   2007 –  Present                         Licensed Massage Therapist

                                                                        Provide individualized preventive care and sports maintenance

                                                                        Inspired Artwork for Bodywork series

    2015 – 2016                              Pulitzer Arts Foundation

                                                                        Gallery Assistant


Art Shows

   2019                                             SIUE Student Annual Juried Art Show

                                                                         Art and Design West, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

   2018                                             Hybridity Art Show

                                                                         Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, Illinois

   2018                                             Plastic Nation: An Eco Art Collective

                                                                         Stone Spiral Gallery, Maplewood, Mo

   2018                                             SIUE Student Art Show

                                                                         Art and Design West, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

   2017                                             Void: Places without People Exhibit

                                                                         Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, Illinois

   2017                                             Wood River Small Works Show

                                                                         Wood River Museum, Wood River, Illinois

   2016                                             St. Louis Artist's Guild Collectors Choice

                                                                          St. Louis Artist’s Guild Ramp Gallery. St. Louis, Missouri

   2012                                             Student Art Show St. Louis Community College  

                                                                          STLCC at Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri



   2018                                             Provost Academic Scholarship

                                                                           Awarded by SIUE Art History Department

   2017-2018                                    Stellar student award

                                                                           SIUE Studio Art faculty voted award

   2016                                             SIUE Undergraduate paper competition

                                                                          Third place for an Art History paper on British Artist Mary Beale



   2018                                             Framed Print for Massage Therapy Practice

                                                                           Board Certified Massage Therapist, St. Louis, Missouri

   2017                                             Multiple Drawings and watercolors for Extreme Green Incorporated

                                                                           Synthetic turf distributor in Missouri and Illinois

   2017                                             Framed Triptych for Sole Shine Barefoot Massage Therapy

                                                                           Ashiatsu Massage Therapy Clinic and School, St. Louis, Missouri

   2017                                             Framed Mixed-media drawing for Massage Therapy Practice

                                                                           Deep Tissue and Structural Alignment Clinic, St. Louis, Missouri

   2016                                             30 wrist cuffs commissioned for Heritage Festival

                                                                           Vendor commissioned work from several artists, St. Louis, Missouri

   2011                                              Sterling Silver wedding party jewelry

                                                                           Set of seven including a hair piece for the Bride, Springfield, Missouri

   2009 – Present                           Numerous personal jewelry commissions

                                                                            St. Louis, Missouri


   2018 – Present                            Compónere Gallery of Art

                                                                         St. Louis, Missouri

                                                                         Represents a line of my Sterling Silver jewelry

   2017 – Present                             Wagner Association of Metalsmiths

                                                                         Student Metalsmithing organization

   2016 – Present                             Member of St. Louis Artist Guild

                                                                          Professional Art Organization

   2014 – Present                             Member of Phi Theta Kappa

                                                                          Student Honors Society


Related Professional Experience

   2017                                             Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

                                                                           Graphic Design, SIUE, Edwardsville, Illinois

   2017                                             Michael Goode weekend workshop on Anti-clastic Raising techniques

                                                                           Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri

   2016                                            Stacey Webber workshop Sterling Silver filigree techniques

                                                                           SIUE, Edwardsville, Illinois

   2005                                           Worked one on one with a Geologist to acquire basic lapidary skills

                                                                           Gem and Mineral Club, Quartzsite, Arizona


Volunteer work

   2017 – Present                            Peter H. Raven Library Conservation Lab

                                                                           Missouri Botanical Gardens, St, Louis, Missouri

                                                                           Assist Book Conservator

   2010 – 2012                                 Lighthouse for the Blind

                                                                           Lighthouse for the Blind Industries, St. Louis, Missouri

                                                                           Gave chair massage to employees


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