Why Jewelry & Metalsmithing?
Metalsmithing is both an aesthetic and conceptual vehicle. The studio arts jewelry and metalsmithing intensive provides you with a supportive atmosphere of professional faculty who allow you to work traditionally yet present new perspectives on the discipline and question assumptions.
Our facilities accommodate traditional and nontraditional jewelry and metalsmithing techniques. Graduate students have private or semi-private studios in a building that is also home to art education, ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture. Cross-disciplinary work between within this community as well as with the rest of the school and Syracuse University is encouraged.
In addition to the metalsmithing faculty, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from faculty in other disciplines and take advantage of our strong visiting artists program.
- Barbara Walter, Professor and Jewelry & Metalsmithing Coordinator
Jewelry and metalsmithing is located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is also home to arts education, ceramics, print media and graphic art, and sculpture. Our facilities include a well-equipped main studio with individual work stations, small machine and plating/anodizing rooms, plus casting, soldering, and finishing equipment. Graduate students have private or semi-private studios.
Our visiting artist program has two functions: to help you make the transition from college to the professional art world and to introduce you to models of successful careers. Many visiting artists are former students who ask to return as professionals to share their experiences with students. Because of their intimate knowledge of the program, VPA, and Syracuse University, these visiting artists offer real-life experiences to which you can easily relate. Other visiting artists offer workshops in their areas of expertise, professional practices information, and lectures featuring the influences, themes, concepts, and considerations that affect their artworks.
Past visiting artists have included Tim Alberg G’92, studio artist and instructor; Harriete Estel Berman ’73, studio artist and co-author, Professional Guidelines for the Society of North American Goldsmiths; Chris Irick, studio artist and professor; Michael Jerry, metalsmith and professor emeritus; Anthony Lent, jewelry artist; Tom Markusen, metalsmith; Bruce Metcalf ’72, artist, critic, and independent scholar; Emiko Oye ’96, studio artist; Emilie Shapiro '09, metalsmith and jeweler; Steve Walker, metalsmith and jeweler; and Valentin Yotkov, educator.
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing Club (JAM Club) is open to anyone interested in becoming a member. Members of the club gain experience making and selling jewelry, t-shirts, and program-related items to the Syracuse University community. Students learn about pricing, advertising, organizing a sale, and running a business-oriented art club.
JAM Club raises money for field trips and visiting artists. It collaborates with other art student organizations to hold an annual holiday sale on campus that is popular with the community.