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Adrienne M. Grafton is a studio artist currently working in St. John, USVI. She earned a MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2005. With her jewelry background, she created wearable work for many years using silver, copper, gold and brass and adorned the work with gemstones, pearls and enamel. The pieces were inspired by emotions and personal metaphors. Most recently she is creating sculpture influenced by her emotional state following her mother’s passing. Adrienne has shown her work and taught workshops throughout the United States. Her work has been published in a variety of books including The Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today 3. She worked as the Metals Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina from 2005 to 2007 and taught metals and foundations part time at Edinboro University in 2008 through 2016. She was also a resident artist at Salem Art Works in 2014 in Salem, NY. Her 2018 solo show, Departed, traveled from Hope Center for Arts and Technology in Sharon, PA to Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC. Her solo show Transplant was on view in 2019 at Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media. Most recently, she exhibited with Sue Amendolora and Renee Zettle-Sterling at the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA and Grand Valley State University in MI. This traveling group show called Sorrow/Fullness: A Reflection on Mourning featured work influenced by loss. She is currently a studio artist enjoying the stunning surroundings of her home on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.