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Posted on August 29, 2016

Cal U professor, Jim Bove, works on a piece of art during his residency at Cerdeira Village in Lousa, Portugal.

Jim Bové, associate professor in Cal U’s Department of Art and Languages, spent the summer as a resident artist at Cerdeira Village in Lousã, Portugal. 

While overseas, he created new art work, presented his current work at the gallery, and demonstrated his jewelry and metalworking techniques to Summer Art Festival visitors from seven European countries. 

The annual Summer Art Festival, “Elementos à Solta — Art meets Nature,” has been organized for more than a decade, but Bové was the first American to serve as the invited guest artist. 

“His demonstration was a great success,” said Kirstin Thomas, the festival’s coordinator. “People loved to see his sketches of the village’s landscape and work-in-progress while he kept working on pieces in front of the visitors. Then they saw his finished work at the end. 

“It was quite magical to everyone.” 

Bové’s residency in Portugal was supported in part by travel funds from the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Cal U. 

Bové said his residency will enhance his teaching, which includes fabrication and jewelry/metal-casting 

classes. He said the residency was a challenge because he had to pare down his collection of tools and materials in order to fit them into a suitcase. 

“This residency really had me ponder the question of how one continues making artwork once (the artist has) graduated and with little access to a full studio’s worth of equipment,” Bové said. 

“Jewelry and metalworking has a vast number of techniques that students can learn, so I made special note of the techniques I would choose.” 

Rather than soldering with flame, Bové chose to use cold-connection techniques with powder-coated metal, which he prepared before traveling. He explained that powder coating is an industrial technique that gives metal a hard, colored surface that is much stronger than paint. 

“It is now being used in the decorative arts and in design,” he said. “I will teach this technique to my advanced students while reinforcing what they can do with cold connections. 

“The pieces I made at the residency will serve as examples in the classroom.” 

Bové also has been invited to teach a weeklong workshop at Tecnológico de Monterrey University in Guadalajara, Mexico, next month.