Graduate Metals/ Jewelry
The Metals/Jewelry department offers a 60 credit hour MFA degree and a 30 credit hour MA degree. Admission into the MFA program guarantees a graduate assistantship. Students are given private or semi private workspaces and twenty-four hour access to the facilities. The metals studio is well equipped for nearly all metalsmithing techniques, from fine jewelry making to large sculptural work.
The main goal of the graduate metals program is to cultivate an atmosphere where students are challenged to pursue their personal direction while achieving technical mastery and an understanding of the critical issues facing our field today. Faculty members, Sue Amendolara and Cappy Counard, work closely with students to encourage and assist their artistic development through regular meetings, demonstrations and critiques. The curriculum fosters self-reliance within a supportive community.
Outside of the formal class structure there are numerous opportunities to broaden your understanding of the metals field. Sponsored by the extremely active Metals Club, several visiting artists are invited to campus to give lectures and weekend workshops each year. Past visiting metalsmiths have included: Bob Ebendorf, Pat Flynn, Marilyn Da Silva, Jack Da Silva, Leonard Urso, Harlan Butt, Andy Cooperman and Fred Fenster. The Metals Club also supports annual trips to SOFA in Chicago, the Society of North American Goldsmith’s conference and visits to gallery and museum exhibitions in the nearby cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. Additional activities are offered through the Student Art League and the Graduate Student Council. Metals graduate students are encouraged to engage in a critical discourse and to work collaboratively with the 23 graduate students across the art disciplines.
For more information, please contact: Sue Amendolara at (814)732-2820 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Cappy Counard at (814)732-1165 and email@example.com.
Jewelry & Metals Faculty
Suzanne Amendolara Jewelry, MetalsmithingMFA, Indiana University, 1988; BFA, Miami University, 1985
Cappy Counard Jewelry, MetalsmithingMFA, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999; BFA ,University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1992