Opening Reception: Belt Buckle Expo5 - 7pm Jul 26, 2019'I like challenging perceptions of an object, or how we create hierarchies of format,” says metalsmith Bryan Petersen. Art is constantly in flux—different mediums fall in and out of favor, dropping and adding qualifiers like “wearable” or “sculptural.” While earrings, necklaces, and brooches have ascended to artwork status, the belt buckle has been largely overlooked. In response, Petersen founded the World Champion Belt Buckle Competition . Since its inception in 2012, the competition has sought to upend outdated stereotypes. Utilizing the belt buckle as canvas, artists crafted compelling visual structures...
Belt Buckle Expo: Selections from the 2019 World Champion Belt Buckle Competition