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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 Arenas, Eliana   Name:  Eliana Arenas-O'Neil 
Title:  Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts 
M.F.A., Jewelry and Metalsmithing, New Mexico State University
B.F.A., Jewelry and Graphic Design
Office:  304 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2126 
Jewelry and Metals for Non-Art Majors, 3D Foundations

Arenas-O'Neil, a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is an artist who always has been compelled to create objects that have an immediate interaction with the wearer and challenge them to pay attention to their physicality by temporarily changing their outward appearance. She has participated in selected exhibitions such as "Touching Warms the Art," "Multiples," and the "13th Annual International Expositions of Sculpture and Functional Art." 

In 2008, her work was selected to be part of the permanent education collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore. Her artwork has been featured in several publications, including The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery 2008, 500 Pendants and Lockets, 500 Earrings, 500 Necklaces, and 1000 Rings. In 2011, she will participate as artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, N.C.

In 2006, Arenas-O'Neil was committed to a one-year sabbatical replacement position as head of the jewelry and metals program at New Mexico State University. She moved on to several teaching positions at the Santa Fe Community College, University of Texas-El Paso, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico, and the Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, N.M.