Once a Milwaukee, WI native, Cory O’Brien Borkowski is a contemporary visual artist living in Omaha, NE. Influenced by the natural shapes in topographical maps of mountains and lakes, her art jewelry is a dissection and appropriation of these patterns to highlight the preciousness of the world around us.
Cory's work utilizes a culmination of techniques that span across digital fabrication and design, traditional metal fabrication, and industrial processes. She takes the best of all worlds to create a body of work that transforms the perspective of what traditional jewelry should be.
Cory O’Brien Borkowski graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metals with a certificate in Digital Fabrication and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Borkowski has worked as a goldsmith for 8 years, taught community art classes for UW-Milwaukee, taught private visual art lessons, given art lectures, and curated major events. After completing her artist in residency at Var Gallery and Studios, she has curated a scholarship and internship program for emerging artists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee through her past companies; such as Kessler's Diamonds and Forever Companies.
Borkowski currently works as an operations coordinator for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the Division of Learning Centric Initiatives, as well as a freelance writer, and a Goldsmith at the Goldsmith/Silversmith in Omaha, Nebraska. She currently participates in a variety of community art events, collaborative projects and exhibitions.