Cuper Studios LLC
Eric K. Cuper
Eric Cuper was born and raised in central New Jersey.  He spent many summers in Florida where he
developed a fascination with nature and its forms. The time in Florida especially influenced Eric to
appreciate the forms in the aquatic environment starting a lifelong fascination and a often recurring
element in his early sculptural works.  These sculptures can be viewed on the sculpture page.
Eric is an artist who can design or develop other's designs to create lasting, unique decorative
architectural elements.  He has a Master of Fine Arts, specializing in Blacksmithing, and an Art
History Certificate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois. Since his first moment
at the forge, Eric has been relentlessly pursuing a career in the field of Blacksmithing. He has
combined the imagery of his experiences  with forged and fabricated steel, and other metals to
create a unique body of work.  He shows work nationally and is in The Horn Collection of
Contemporary Craft.
His studio is located in Easton, PA and is well equipped to take on any number of commissions.  He can
work directly with the home owner, contractor, interior decorator or architect.  The forge is well
situated to cover any sites on the Eastern Seaboard or anywhere in the nation.

Education

2002   Master of Fine Arts, Specializing in Blacksmithing, Southern Illinois University at   
Carbondale
2002   Art History Teaching Certificate, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale   
1999   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major: Blacksmithing,  Southern Illinois University at   Carbondale
1994   Associate of Arts (with honors), Major: Studio Arts, Raritan Valley Community College, North
Branch, NJ

Awards/Honors

2001   James Renwick   Alliance  , Craft Weekend 2001, Student Competition,   1st Place  
1999   Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award, Senior Competition in Art and Design, Southern Illinois  
University at   Carbondale
1994   Certificate of Excellence in Studio Arts,   Raritan  Valley  Community College
1992-1999   Deans List
Professional Experience
2003-present  Artist-Blacksmith, Cuper Studios LLC, Easton, PA
2001-2002   Graduate Assistant, Blacksmith Studio Technician,  Southern Illinois                     
University at   Carbondale
2000-2001   Graduate Instructor, AD 405D Beginning Blacksmithing,  Southern Illinois                     
University at   Carbondale
1999-2001   Graduate Research Assistant to Rick Smith, Assistant Professor of Art,                     
Southern  Illinois  University at   Carbondale
2000    Summer Assistant at   Peters  Valley  Craft  Education  Center  : Assistant to                     
John Rais, JD Smith, Jim Wyckoff, Frank Turley, John Graney, Dan Radven, Peter Joseph, Robert
Griffith, Phill Baldwin
1999-2000   Graduate Assistant Curator of Art,  University  Museum ,  Southern Illinois                    
University at   Carbondale
1998-1999   Undergraduate Student Worker, Blacksmith Studio Technician, Southern                      
Illinois  University at   Carbondale

Related Experience

2002   Independent Curator, Working Drawings,   University  Museum  , Southern                      
Illinois  University at   Carbondale  , January 15-March 29
1999-2002   Fiscal Officer for  Southern Illinois Metalsmiths, a Registered Student        
Organization, Southern  Illinois  University at   Carbondale
2000-2001   Conference Organizer,   Carbondale  Metals Conference and Benefit Auction,      
Student Run Conference at Southern  Illinois  University at   Carbondale, Donated Auction Piece
Every Year
1998-2001   Volunteer at Repair Days, Weekend Fund Raiser for the National  Ornamental  Metals  
Museum ,   Memphis ,  TN  , donated auction piece 2001
2001   Demonstrator, Ironwood Conference, A Conference Bringing Together  Wood Sculptors and
Blacksmiths,   Little Rock ,  AR  , March 1-3
1999   Co-Organizer   Carbondale  Metal Conference and Benefit Auction, Southern                    
Illinois  University at   Carbondale
1999   Co-Curator Southern   Illinois  Metalsmiths Members Exhibition at University Museum,
Southern  Illinois  University at   Carbondale
1997   Summer Assistant at   Peters  Valley  Craft  Education  Center  In Exchange For                 
Tuition: Assistant to Jim Wycoff, Frank Turley
1996-1997   Workshops attended at   Peters  Valley  Craft  Education  Center  : Steve Yusko,      
Japheth Howard, Doug Wilson, Glen Gardener, Dan Radven, Noellyn Pepos, Andy Buck

Exhibition Record

2002  Metal from around the Midwest:  Western  Illinois  University  Art  Gallery ,   Macomb,     IL,
Regional, Student and Faculty Invitational, February 8-March 8
2001  James Renwick   Alliance  Craft Weekend 2001 Student Exhibition, National, Juror:          
Kenneth Trapp,   First Place  , April 26-29, Website, March 15, 2001–March 15, 2002Metal Works:
2001: Arts   Iowa City ,  IA  , National, Juror: Donald Friedlich, Catalog,          March 26-April 28
2000  Metal Marvels Exhibition: The  Arts  Center ,   St. Petersburg ,  FL  , National, Juried,          
May 12-June 30
Art in the Open: The Peters Valley Gallery Without Walls   Morristown ,  NJ  , July1          -
September 30
1999  Playful Intent: Craft  Alliance ,   St. Louis ,  MO  , National, Juror: Richard Mawdsley,          
April 30-May 31
Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award Exhibition,  University  Museum ,  Southern Illinois          University
at   Carbondale  , Senior Competition
Ceramics and Jewelry/Metals Exhibition:   Southwest  Missouri  State  University ,             
Springfield ,  MO  , Regional Student and Faculty Invitational, February 26-March 12
1998   Illinois Ozarks Craft Guild Exhibition: Art Alley, Southern   Illinois  University  at            
Carbondale  , Local Competitive Exhibition,   2nd Place  , November 15-December 5
Members Gallery: Artists-Blacksmith Association of  North America Conference,           University
of  North Carolina at   Asheville  , National, June 17-20, 1999  

Collections

The Horn Collection of Contemporary Craft

Publications

Meilach, Dona. Architectural Iron Work, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 2001.
Meilach, Dona, Fire Place Accessories (forthcoming)
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