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About Nisa Blackmon

My primary research interest lie in the overlap between art and science and in the various aspects of jewelry. I am specifically interested in jewelry as a specimen in natural history museums, as well as a commodity souvenir in gift shops of all kinds. I am also interested in the historic ties between jewelry and metalsmithing, artisanship and science. In future projects, I would like to explore issues involving genetic engineering, agribusiness and our relationship to our food and to our environment.
I also love to cook, read, travel, hike & bike, write poetry & fiction, and practice Tai Chi.


Present General Biology Lab Coordinator, Natural Sciences Division, Illinois Wesleyan University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2nd Place, Objects, The Enamelist Society 8th Annual Biennial International Exhibition, Oakland, CA, 2009
  • Mel Someroski Memorial Award, The Enamelist Society 7th Biennial Student Exhibition, Columbus, OH, 2007
  • Finalist, NICHE Student Award Winner, Mixed Media Category, NICHE Magazine, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
  • Best of Show, "On Fire! Contemporary Enameling," gallery M.I.M., Baltimore, MD, 2006
  • NICHE Student Award Winner, Metal: Non-Wearable, Functional Category, 2005
  • 3rd Place, Influence of Rock and Roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH, 2005

Contact Information

(309) 556-3870
Center for Natural Science, C107B
Illinois Wesleyan University