EXAMPLE COMMISSIONS

1998 Raleigh, NC: $400,000 contract awarded by the North Carolina Legislative Building. Three-hundred forty-four linear feet of mirror polished solid bronze railings for the House and Senate Chambers.
1995 Landfall, Wilmington, NC: $200,000 private commission. Garden gates, exterior balcony rails, grand entrance staircase, 2,000 lb. driveway gate, all rendered in bronze.
1993 Raleigh, NC: $129,OOO contract awarded by First Citizens Bank. Sixty-eight linear feet of solid bronze balcony hand railing. Project won 1996 international Gold Award from NOMMA for non-ferrous fabrication.
1989 Asheville, NC: $180,000 contract awarded by Edward J. Debartolo Corporation for architectural metalwork for Biltmore Square Mall.

AWARDS

1999 NOMMA Top Job Award: National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Gold Award in Furniture & Accessories category.
1999 NOMMA Top Job Award: National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Silver Award in Hand Forged Gates category.
1999 NOMMA Top Job Award: National ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Bronze Award in Most Unusual Ornamental category.
1998 NOMMA Top Job Award: National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Gold Award. Privately commissioned project in steel, bronze and copper.
1998 NOMMA Top Job Award: National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Bronze Award. Privately commissioned project in steel, bronze and copper
1996 Durham Arts Council President's Award: Awarded to Francis Vega for leadership on the board during the 1995-96 year.
1996 NOMMA Top Job Award: National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Gold Award. Bronze rails, First Citizen's Bank, Raleigh, NC
1995 NOMMA Top Job Award: National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association's International Silver Award. Privately commissioned project in bronze
1994 Queen Azalea's Award: "1St Annual N.C. Azalea Festival Master Arts at the Coast Exhibition and Sale", Wilmington, NC
1992-93 Emerging Artist Award: Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC
Purchase Award Caldwell Arts Council: "5th Annual Broyhill Sculpture Competition", Lenoir, NC

PUBLICATIONS

Work featured in The Contemporary Blacksmith authored by Dona Meilach, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2000
"Vega Metals Expands Its Creative Options" Fabricator, Vol. 41, No. 2 Mar-Apr. 2000. Courtyard gate designed and produced by Vega Metals featured on front cover.
"The 1999 Top Job Winners", Fabricator, Vol. 40, No. 3, May-June 1999. Award winning mailbox featured on front cover.
"Forging ahead with style" The Chapel Hill News Real Estate Section, Apr. 5,1998, Chapel Hill, NC
"Metal artisans forge ahead to excellence" The Herald-Sun Hometown Section, Apr. 13,1998, Durham, NC
"A Snake in the Leaves" Fabricator, Vol.38, No.4, Jul-Aug. 1997, Forest Park, GA
"Artist makes mark with metals" The Herald-Sun Business Section, May 2, 1992, Durham, NC
Public Television N.C. People with Bill Friday, Feb. 1995
"Placed on a Pedestal" Style, May 1994, Atlanta, GA
"Steel Life" The Herald-Sun Home & Garden Section, Aug. 28,1994, Durham, NC
"New Works" The Anvil's Ring Showcase Section, Vol. 20, No.4, pg. 36, Spring 1993, Petaluma, CA
"New Works" The Anvil's Ring Showcase Section, Vol.20, No.3, pg. 24, Winter 1992- 93, Petaluma, CA
"Metal 101" Triangle City Magazine City Cites Section, Vol.1, No.2, pg. 11, Autumn 1992, Raleigh, NC Vega Metals, Inc. Page 3
"New Works" The Anvil's Ring Showcase Section, Vol. 20, No.1, pg. 26-27, Summer 1992, Petaluma, CA
"New Works" The Anvil's Ring Showcase Section, Vol.19, No.4, pg. 38, Spring 1992, Petaluma, CA
"Show of hands" The News & Observer Home Section, June 13,1992, Raleigh, NC
"Forging ahead" The Herald-Sun Hometown, July 29,1991, p. A6, Durham, NC
Three solo shows open Sunday in Durham" Cue Magazine, Feb. 14, 1991, p. 13, Durham, NC
"Magicians with metal" The Independent Weekly, Feb. 13,1991, p. 20, Durham, NC
"Men of Steel -Merging creative designs with blacksmithing" Durham Morning
Herald Durham Sun, pp. 10-11, Oct. 30,1990, Durham, NC
"Art is part of the city" Lenoir News Foothill Life Section, pg. C1, Aug. 30,1990, Lenoir, NC
"Art from the Fire" The Spectator Vol. 12, pp. 5-6, March 29, 1990, Durham, NC "Age-Old Art Revived" Living It UQ Magazine Spring, 1989, pp. 21-22, Durham, NC

EXHBITIONS

The Durham Art Guild, "Durham Art Guild: 50 Years", Aug.-Sep. 1998 The Durham Art Guild, "Metal Forms", Sept. 1997
Durham Arts Council, "The Lamp Show", Oct. 1996
Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC, 22nd Annual Competition of NC Artists, Jan.1994
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC "Take-A-Seat" Fund Raising Exhibition, Oct. 1993
DAC/Carolina Designer Craftsmen's Annual Exhibition, Centerfest, Durham, NC, Sept. 1993
Art Forms, Atlanta, GA, "Art Furniture Show", April 1993
ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC, "Glass, Metal, Wood" Juried Exhibition, Mar. 1993
Hokin Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Furniture Of The Nineties", Jan. 1993
Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fair, Raleigh, NC, Nov.1992
Art 54 Gallery, New York, NY, "11th Annual Craft Competition 1992"
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC, "Art for the Garden '92"
Hokin Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL, "May Furniture Exhibit 1992"
Art Forms, Atlanta, GA, "Collaborative Exhibit 1992"
Durham Arts Council, Inc. Royall Center for the Arts, Durham, NC, "35th Annual Juried Show"
Clark Gallery, Greenville, NC, "Solo Show"
Durham Arts Council, Inc. Royall Center for the Arts, Durham, NC, "36th Annual Juried Show"
Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, "5th Annual Broyhill Sculpture Competition"
Durham Arts Council, Inc. Royall Center for the Arts, Durham, NC, "Solo Show, Mar. 1991
Farmville Arts Council, Farmville, NC, "Iron's In The Fire", Apr. 1990

APPRENTICESHIP

Campbell Folk School, Master Blacksmith, Francis Whitaker, 1986

DEMONSTRATIONS/LECTURES

American Blacksmith's Association of North America, 25th Anniversary Conference, Asheville, NC 1998
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC NC Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
West Point on the Eno, July 4th, Durham, NC ArtsPlosure Festival, Raleigh, NC
Cameron Stadium Home Show '88, Raleigh, NC
Member, Artist Blacksmith Association of North America, ABANA National Chapter Member, North Carolina Chapter, Artist Blacksmith Association of North America Member and Board of Directors, Durham Arts Guild Member, Carolina Designer Craftsman Member, American Craft Council


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