Rhea Vedro

  • Technical Instructor/Artist in Residence
  • MFA Metals, State University of New York at New Paltz, 2006
  • BA Community-Based Arts, New York University, 2000


photo of MIT technical instructor Rhea Vedro


Rhea Vedro is a metalsmith and cultural producer creating at the intersection of arts and collective healing. Vedro’s research explores the human drive to produce amulets and armor through a material culture lens. Trained first as a jeweler, her studio practice is primarily hollow-form steel sculpture. She is presently working on Amulet, a sculpture and interactive public art project commissioned for Boston’s City Hall Plaza in 2023. She received a 2021-22 Now + There Accelerator Fellowship for public art in Boston and served as Director of Community Engagement with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from 2016-2021.  Vedro taught metalsmithing at UW-Madison and SUNY New Paltz. She sits on the Board of Advisors for the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Her project portfolio includes the Vizcaya Museum, Queens Museum, El Museo del Barrio, The New York City Parks Foundation, and schools, shelters, prisons and community settings throughout the Americas. Vedro holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from SUNY New Paltz.