Tracy Lee Black received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalwork from San Diego State University and her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University. Before returning to school to begin her art career, Tracy received her PhD. in Microbiology from the University of Washington, conducted scientific research, and taught courses at Indiana University. Her artwork focuses on texure, the sense of touch, and it's psychological effects. Tracy has been awarded an SDSU Art Council Scholarship, a Windgate Foundation Endowment Scholarship, two Alma Eikerman Memorial Scholarships for Excellence, and an Honorable Mention from the SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship. Her work has been published in 500 Art Necklaces. She has exhibited nationally at The Ring Shows: Then and Now and Putting the Band Back Together, at the Topeka Competition and the Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of Annual Exhibition. She has also exhibited internationally in the Annual Marzee International Graduate Show 2015 in Nijmegen, Netherlands and in the Friends of Carlotta's Rule The World exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland.