Rhea Vedro is a metal-smith and educator who enjoys an active studio practice in both steel sculpture and jewelry. She is fascinated by the trajectory of humankind’s relationship with metal -- sourcing it from the earth and learning to refine it into objects of beauty, war, value, infrastructure, ceremony and industry. Rhea holds an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to her community arts education work, she taught in the Art Departments at SUNY- New Paltz and at the UW-Madison. Rhea was awarded scholarships to craft schools Haystack, Penland and Peters Valley where she studied blacksmithing and steel engraving. Her sculpture exhibition record includes: Times Square Gallery in NYC, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, The Clara Hatton Gallery in Fort Collins, CO, and The National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis TN.