Metalsmith artist Matagi Sorensen is the next featured finalist of the Halstead Grant. Matagi received his Bachelor’s of Fine Art with a Major in Metalsmithing through Northern Arizona University in 2011. He currently resides in Arizona and is a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
As a single father with a disabled child, Matagi deeply appreciates art and the importance it’s had in his life “because of my education in art, I was able view the world from different perspectives, and it was how I gained the ability to communicate with my daughter and understand her unique point of view. Art and music is also how my child experiences leaps and bounds in her cognitive growth and her ability to communicate.”
Matagi’s work has been featured in the Arizona Daily Sun, Schools Arts Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine and Northern Arizona News Today: The Lumberjack. He attends Juried Shows across Arizona and his jewelry and paintings can be purchased online at Sorensen Silver Fine Art.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2013 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.