Lynn Cool is a metalsmith artist who received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Kansas State University, and a BFA in Design from The University of Kansas. The artist's metalwork can be viewed within Metalsmith Magazine's 2012 Curated Exhibition in Print, Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures, guest curated by Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
A published author of critical reviews, Cool has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally
within other venues such as the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland
Park, Kansas, and the Ostholstein Museum in Eutin, Germany. Currently, she is teaching as an adjunct faculty instructor of Advanced Metalsmithing at The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
In 2008, Cool lived and worked in Finland as a visiting artist at the Lahti Institute of Design within the Lahti University of Applied Sciences. This experience allowed extended museum research within Finland, Estonia and Germany and profoundly affected her subsequent works.
Inspired by European goldsmithing masterworks created within the Gothic period, Cool’s reliquary-like vessels each contain a precious component that can be removed to be worn. The multiplicity of materials, forms, and contexts within the work provides a melding of themes that the artist hopes will intrigue.