Ball State University’s School of Art, located in Muncie, Indiana, cultivates a dynamic multidisciplinary program where critical ideas are developed and exchanged in an open atmosphere. Our metals program encourages students to diversify their explorations of contemporary craft, design, and sculpture, resulting in artwork that extends and redefines the boundaries of media. Throughout this program, personal inquiry is augmented by working closely with a committee of dedicated faculty. This unique curriculum guides students in their professional practices as studio artists, as well as in the pedagogy of studio art educators.

Recent Visiting Artists
Michael Dale Bernard, Jeffrey Clancy, Lisa Gralnick, Katie Kameen, Jillian Moore, Lyndsay Rice, Jennifer Trask, and Stacey Lee Webber

Guild Trips
East Carolina University Metals Symposium, ZOOM Symposium Milwaukee, and SNAG Conference

Equipment and Facilities
The studio contains six connected spaces, including a main classroom, a separate room for majors, a forming room, an annealing room, a chemical room, and a kiln room.

  • Acetylene, natural gas, and oxy-acetylene torches
  • Centrifuge and vacuum-casting equipment
  • Two medium enameling kilns and one large-scale kiln
  • Forming and forging stakes and hammers
  • 40-ton pneumatic press, deep-draw forming
  • 85-gallon electroforming bath
  • Aluminum anodizing
  • 3D printer
  • Laser cutting bed
  • Powder-coating equipment
  • 2 buffing units
  • Belt and disc sanders

Jessica Calderwood, associate professor, is an image-maker and sculptor who works in esoteric craft media. She uses a combination of traditional and industrial metalworking processes as a means to make statements about contemporary life. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in metalworking. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Ferro Corporation, and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and The Art of Enameling.

Chet Geiselman, 3D studio manager and lecturer, grew up in a very small German farming community in southern Indiana. His grandfather was a blacksmith and his father and uncle were welders. Chet learned to weld and build things with his hands at a very early age. After receiving a BS in art from the University of Southern Indiana, Chet was awarded an MFA in metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has taught sculpture, metalsmithing, art appreciation, and art education at various colleges and universities over the years, including Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Vincennes University; Henderson Community College, KY; University of Southern Indiana; Angelina College, Lufkin, TX; and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Chet has shown his sculptures both nationally and internationally, including six one-person exhibitions at Vale Craft Gallery in Chicago, as well as numerous juried exhibitions.

RECENT GRADUATES: If you recently received a degree--BA, BFA, MA, or MFA--from this university, everything you need to know to upload your graduate portfolio can be found at this link.

Ball State University logo
Ball State University School of Art logo
Ball State University metals studio
Ball State University’s metals studio, photo: Zach Craw
Jessica Calderwood
Jessica Calderwood, photo: jmkac
Jessica Calderwood, Asexual
Jessica Calderwood, Asexual, 2015, brooch, enamel, cooper, sterling silver, 95 x 50 x 6 mm, photo: artist
Chet Geiselman
Chet Geiselman, photo: Toledo Museum of Art
Chet Geiselman, Untitled Bas-Relief #53
Chet Geiselman, Untitled Bas-Relief #53, 2016, wood, stained wood, 406.4 x 177.8 x 101.6 mm, photo: Nan Carrow
Ball State University logo
Ball State University metals studio
Jessica Calderwood
Jessica Calderwood, Asexual
Chet Geiselman
Chet Geiselman, Untitled Bas-Relief #53