J. Fred Woell: An American Vision is a new documentary by Richard Kane with Robert Shetterly about the history and significance of this metalsmith, jeweler and political artist.

 

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of a political artist who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit.  In 1965 J. Fred Woell took his cast silver jewelry to New York City galleries and was turned down flat.  "Use gold or forget it," they said.  As a confirmed contrarian, Woell vowed to make jewelry from materials of no value -- and the term "anti-jewelry" was born.  Nearly 50 years later he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Join our nationwide campaign to share Fred's story.  This film will educate and engage audiences through interviews with historic and contemporary curators, artists and writers on topics that are timely and powerful. Experience J.Fred Woell’s politics through his art: protect the environment, fight against fascism and respect for all people.

“Fantastic! ...
a really important film!”
— Barbara Gifford, Curator, Museum of Arts and Design

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help educate the world about J. Fred Woell.

 
 
J. Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of a man who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As an artist he was an innovator and a rule-breaker. As a teacher he encouraged his students to make their own discoveries.... In this inspiring film we are fortunate to witness a part of that journey.

— Stuart Kestenbaum, Chair, American Craft Council
 

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LEARN HOW YOU CAN SCREEN THE FILM IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION AROUND FRED´S WORK AND HIS VISION

 
 

This film is sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists.