Lanelle Keyes is a studio jeweler whose current artistic investigations are founded in craft theory and material exploration. She pursued her training as a metalsmith at the University of Georgia with Gary Noffke and Rob Jackson and after receiving her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalwork in 1991, she opened a small studio to create limited production jewelry for market. Called by her love of teaching she continued her studies at the University of Washington with Mary Lee Hu and John Marshall in 1997. There she researched her interests in historical processes and materials to analyze their relationship to the symbols of identity, heritage and function. After receiving her MFA from the University of Washington, she joined the faculty at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she actively engaged the academic community by teaching diverse course offerings, guiding special projects and serving on numerous college councils. She is active in the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and has served on the Nominations and Elections committee of the SNAG board and acted as Co-Chair for the 2008 SNAG National Conference.