Carolyn Tillie is a freelance writer, exhibiting artist, and curator. Having obtained an MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from CSULB in 1998, she immediately worked in obtaining a Certified Master Chef certificate from Epicurean school in Los Angeles and Level Two certification from the Wine Spirit Education Trust. She has written for a number of wine industry magazines, the Napa Register, and Metalsmith magazine. As a culinary historian, her first book was Oysters, A Global History. Her food-themed jewelry has been sold in dozens of galleries all over the world. She is now curating art exhibits to accompany the release of her second book, A Feast for the Eyes – Edible Art from Apple to Zucchini in June of 2019.
Over the past twenty years, as a true Renaissance woman, Carolyn has had her fingers in lots of different pies. She has taught herself numerous topics through blogging different subjects. Feel free to investigate those various investigations:
A Feast for the Eyes – Food Art from Apple to Zucchini, Reaktion Press, (due for release: June, 2019)
Oysters, A Global History, Reaktion Press, 2017
Metalsmith Magazine, “Good Enough to Eat: Explorations in Food Jewelry” – Volume 38, No. 4, 2018.
Metalsmith Magazine, “Suzanne Pugh: Post Pastoralia” – exhibition review, 2017
Metal Arts Guild History, “History of Metal Arts Guild,” 2013
Wines & Vines, “Track Sales & Depletions with Winery-Specific Software”, 2009
Enterprising Women, The Magazine for Women Business Owners– cover story, “Women Make Wine,” 2008
Hugh Johnsons’ World of Fine Wines magazine – multiple articles, 2007
Wine Business Monthly – multiple articles, 2006
Napa Register – multiple articles, 2004-2006
Gault Millau and Gayot.com – restaurant reviews, 2004-2006
Reflections of the New Aeon – Gallery Eleven Seven, Long Beach, California. 2001
Feast Your Eyes – Root Division, San Francisco, California. April 3 to April 19, 2019
Arm Candy – ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California. June 25 to July 16, 2019
BITEme – Black Earth Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Typeset – Art Jewelry in a Literary Setting, Univ. of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Art & Design Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Art of Gastronomy – Juried Exhibition, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, California, USA
50×50 – Juried Exhibition of 50 works by 50 artists; Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, California
Featured Artist – Super Fresh Food Art Gallery, Novato, California
GreenSmith – Juried Exhibition of Eco-jewelry; Artisan, Queensland, Australia
7thAnnual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon – San Francisco, California
Tasty: Artists Playing With Food – Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, California
Delicious: Work Inspired by Food & Drink – STUDIO: Gallery; San Francisco, California
Six By Six Project – Charmingwall Gallery, New York, NY
Paper or Plastic, Luke & Eloy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Urban Renaissance – New Vision of Jewelry and Sculpture, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California
Art Undressed, San Francisco, California. Erotic Signature, Curators
CONTROL, South Bay Area and Peninsula Women’s Caucus for Art, San Francisco, California. Guerilla Girls West, Jurors.
LUX Center for the Arts National Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University
RE: materialization, Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Shana Nys Dambrot and Deborah Martin, Jurors
2009 National Juried Exhibitions, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California. Lisah Horner, Juror
2009 National Art Encounter, Naples, Florida. Dahlia Morgan, Juror – Juror’s Choice Award
National Truffle Art Fest, Asheville, North Carolina.
Wearable Art Awards, Port Moody Arts Center; Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada.
Delicious: Work Inspired by Food & Drink, STUDIO: Gallery; San Francisco, CA
Valentine’s Day Celebration of Chocolate & Champagne, Sculpture to Wear; Los Angeles, California.
Radical Jewelry Makeover – A project by Ethical Metalsmiths, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, California
Pop Art – Champagne Uncorked, Shaw Jewelry; Northeast Harbor, Maine. Curator: Sam Shaw
Metal Arts Guild San Francisco – past Board Member, Public Relations
San Francisco Professional Food Society – current Board Member: Communications Director
Culinary Historical Society; Los Angeles and San Francisco branches
Writing for the Art World; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2016
Wine and Spirits Education Trust; Napa, California, 2002
Certified Master Chef, Epicurean School; Los Angeles, California, 1999
Master of Fine Arts, CSULB; Long Beach, California, 1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: 3-D Media Metal, Textiles, and Wood, CSUN; Northridge, California, 1993