Amenda Tate Corso was born in Des Moines. Studies in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University led her to the realization that her interest in “how things work” would be better satisfied by artistic endeavors.
Amenda studied metalsmithing under professor Chuck Evans before moving to Colorado in 1998. Amenda worked as a jeweler’s apprentice to Todd Reed in Boulder, Colorado while completing her undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.
Since returning to Iowa, Amenda spends time creating in her artist studio located in the Fitch Building, downtown Des Moines. Her works address topics such as identity, individuality, longevity, and social culture in our digital era.
Amenda is a current Artist-In Residence with Area 515 Makerspace in Des Moines and former Artist-in-Residence with Ballet Des Moines. Her works have been featured in various trade publications, the Denver Post, the book Art Jewelry Today 2, and on the front page of the Des Moines Register.