While the jewelry and metals program in the Department of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania teaches the core fundamentals of metalsmithing, special care is taken to ensure our students are equipped with the critical thinking and conceptual skills necessary to set their work apart in the field. Students are challenged to create thoughtful work and original designs using a variety of both traditional and experimental methods. In addition, students are encouraged to get involved in regional and national organizations, exhibitions, and events. Four-year BFA and three-year MFA degrees are offered.
The Jewelry and Metals area includes over 2,000 square feet of studio space that features a large hearth area with both natural gas and acetylene torches, an Orion pulse-arc welder, a hydraulic press, draw bench, flex shafts, rolling mills, shears, hundreds of forming tools—including stakes and hammers of all sizes—and facilities for electrolytic etching and copper electroforming. There are additional ventilated rooms for both casting and vitreous enameling with digital Vcella kilns. Lighting and other equipment specifically for documenting jewelry and metalwork is available. IUP’s art department has CNC machines, a laser engraver, a vinyl plotter, a Wazer, and 3D printers available to students. There is a separate graduate studio with ventilation and a huge bank of windows for natural light.
Assistant Professor Sharon Massey works closely with her students to share her knowledge of an array of metalsmithing and enameling techniques, teaching skills and arts administration experience as well as gallery and curatorial practice. Her work has been exhibited and published widely, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany, Metalsmith magazine, and numerous books and catalogs.
Recent Visiting Artists
Joshua Kosker, Daniel DiCaprio, Renée Zettle-Sterling, Susanne Matsché
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.