Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is characterized by a focus on conceptual thinking and refined craftsmanship. The SCAD jewelry program encourages students to execute original designs and contribute new perspectives to every facet of the industry.
Established in 1993, the SCAD jewelry program is the largest in the US, offering inspiring facilities, cutting-edge technology, and exposure to the international competitions and professional partnerships students need to develop impressive résumés and portfolios before graduation.
SCAD graduates work for major luxury brands, create bespoke pieces in their own studio practices, and offer works of fine art sold in gallery settings.
The department is housed in Fahm Hall, a 13,562-square-foot facility replete with equipment that enables students to fabricate, cast, finish, enamel, laser weld, anodize, electroplate, electroform, smith silver, and set stones on-site. Students may also use other tools, including 3D printers, large-format photo printers, LaserStar Compacts and LaserStar workstations, and Sensable pens for digital sculpting.
Jewelry students use these technologies in concert with their creativity and expert instruction to solve real problems and develop real products for highly regarded jewelry companies, including Fossil, Michael Kors watches, McGee Group, niin jewelry (Hong Kong), and The Limited.
In addition to these high-profile partnerships, SCAD brings visitors from the jewelry industry into the classroom to offer critiques and mentor students. Past department guests have included Gijs Bakker, Ted Noten, Omar Torres, Eddie Borgo, Danielle and Jodie Snyder, Iris Eichenberg, Kacper Dolatowski, Biba Schutz, Andres Gonzalez, Chi Galatea Huynh, Barbara Heinrich, Gail M. Brown, Tim McCreight, Charon Kransen, Donald Friedlich, and Leonard Urso.
SCAD jewelry professors are also acclaimed, award-winning artists who bring decades of industry insight to the classroom. They exhibit and sell work at fine-art craft shows across the nation, including the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco and the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, and hold positions in the most respected jewelry organizations, such as the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Enamelist Society, and Art Jewelry Forum.
Jay H. Song is the chair of the jewelry program at SCAD. She has a bachelor’s degree in law from Hannam University in Daejon, South Korea, and an MFA in metals and jewelry from SCAD. Her work has been shown throughout the US, including the Museum of Design Atlanta, Georgia; National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; SOFA Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, and New York, New York; Aaron Faber, New York, New York; Sculpture to Wear, Santa Monica, California; and others. Her works were featured in Metalsmith magazine and Lark Crafts’ 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series.
Lanelle Keyes is a professor of jewelry at SCAD. She holds a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA from the University of Washington. She has worked with the American Craft Council to shepherd student outreach programs and moderated the panel discussion, “Post-digital Craft” at the 2015 Making Meaning in the Marketplace symposium. She is active in the Society of North American Goldsmiths, serving on the Nominations and Elections Committee of the SNAG board, and was co-chair for the 2008 SNAG National Conference. Her work has been published in Lark Crafts’ 500 series books and Metalsmith Exhibition in Print.
Bonnie Kubasta has served in academic and administrative positions as faculty, department chair, and dean, and is currently a professor of jewelry at SCAD. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is strongly influenced by the city’s richly diverse Midwestern environment, industry, and cultural resources. She earned her undergraduate degrees (BAE and BFA) at Ohio State University and completed her MFA terminal degree at the University of Oregon. Kubasta was part of the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University and technical adviser at Ohio State University before coming to SCAD in 1994.
Hongsock Lee is a professor of jewelry at SCAD. He earned an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and a BFA from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. Lee has exhibited many of his one-of-a-kind and limited-edition works in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally. He has been awarded top prizes in many prestigious shows, including a Best of Show Award from CraftBoston, an Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council Craft Show (three times), an Award of Excellence from the Bellevue Museum ARTSfair, and Excellence in Metal from the American Craft Exposition show.
Jennifer Theokary is a professor of jewelry at SCAD. She is an artist who uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing to design unique jewelry. Using rapid prototyped materials, she creates pieces that are wearable as eccentric adornment for the creative person. She has used this technology to design for companies like LAGOS and Halle Joy. Theokary graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in 2003 and completed her MFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in 2006. Her work can be seen in 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of a Modern Material.
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