Valerie Ostenak studied painting, jewelry and metalsmithing at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ, and continued at California State University Long Beach, CA. She has worked with interior designers, architects, and artist-blacksmiths designing and creating sculpture, including: a decorative railing at the Grand Canyon; residential and commercial lighting; and interior furnishings.
Ostenak is the recipient of the Halstead Jewelry Design and Business Development Grant, was presented with the Centurion Emerging Designer Award: one of six from an international field, and was interviewed by National Geographic for their online Education series. She has presented her art jewelry on the runways of Phoenix Fashion Week and LA Style Fashion Week. Her work is represented in galleries nationally and internationally. In November, she will be showing jewelry and paintings with gold and silver leaf at SOFA Chicago. Invited for the third consecutive year to be an exhibitor at the Artistar Jewels art jewelry exhibition, her work will be presented in Milan, Italy in February.
Ostenak’s work has been published in numerous books, magazines, and blogs. Selected titles include: Art Jewelry Today, Art Jewelry Today 2, Trend and Colours CIJ International, Watch & Jewelry Review, Showcase 500 art necklaces, ArtBusinessNews.com, British Vogue, British Harper’s Bazaar, and Contemporary Art of the Southwest.
Ostenak has also been an invited lecturer at the Art institute of Phoenix, demonstrator and lecturer at Northern Arizona Arizona University and the Arizona State University metals departments, and lecturer demonstrator at the Halstead jewelry school for employees.