NEMAA Member Wins National Grant

Skull, by Susan Elnora Frerichs

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association jewelry designer Susan Elnora Frerichs is the winner of the 7th annual national Halstead Grant for new silver jewelry designers. Frerichs, under the studio name Susan Elnora, will receive a cash prize and jewelry supplies to build her business.

“I’m thrilled! I am so incredibly honored and excited to have been selected,” she commented.

Susan Elnora designs are sold in Minneapolis at Gallery 360, i like you, and Lowell Lundeen Jewelry. Frerichs hand fabricates all her jewelry at her studio located in the Northrup King Building. She regularly exhibits in local events such as Art-A-Whirl, Art Attack and First Thursdays. Retail prices for sterling silver jewelry items range from $75 to $1800.

Frerichs is a native Minnesotan who was introduced to metalsmithing as an undergraduate in Studio Art at Carleton College in Northfield. She then attended Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. After four years apprenticing with master goldsmith Stephen Vincent in Minneapolis, Frerichs launched her own studio. Her exploration of a fading American mythology is a continuing source of inspiration.

“Susan Elnora jewelry boasts a level of originality rarely encountered in a trade that spans many ages in history,” said Hilary Scott, a grant judge.

The Halstead Grant program provides business development funds, supplies and exposure to up and coming designers in the jewelry industry. The grant is sponsored by jewelry supply wholesaler Halstead Bead, Inc.