Why Our Program?
- The flexibility of the curriculum allows you to select the directions you wish your work to take, such as jewelry making, silversmithing, or processes that move across these traditions.
- Our faculty members are all practicing artists whose work exhibited internationally and included in prestigious collections.
- You will be inspired by--and gain professional development skills from--visiting artists, many of whom are alumni.
- JAM Club, our student-run organization, will allow you to engage with your fellow students and participate in activities that benefit the program and the local community.
- You can take advantage of global study opportunities, including those in Florence, Italy.
- When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at SU:VPA and beyond
The jewelry and metalsmithing program is located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is also home to School of Art programs in art education, ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture. The program’s facilities include a well-equipped main studio with individual work stations, small machine and plating/anodizing rooms, plus casting, soldering, and finishing equipment.
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, SU: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; 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.