State University of New York at New Paltz

For over half a century, SUNY New Paltz has been widely known for its highly professional art studio program and its distinguished faculty of practicing artists. Instructors mentor students in their pursuit of creative interests and for careers in the arts. The art department offers a variety of professional and liberal arts course work for undergraduates and graduates. Comprehensive MFA programs in ceramics, metal, painting/drawing, printmaking, and sculpture serve 50 candidates. The department facilitates a studio practice in traditional and innovative technologies within and across disciplines.

Building on its solid tradition and rigorous pedagogy, the metal program has earned the distinction of being ranked number one by U.S. News & World Report. The program is directed by Professor Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, and includes Lynn Batchelder and Amelia Toelke as prominent faculty, and Jamie Bennett as professor emeritus. Professor Matthew Friday, the graduate coordinator, oversees the interdisciplinary critical studies component of the art studio curriculum. The program’s outstanding alumni maintain continually active careers and many teach at university programs across the United States.

SUNY New Paltz inspires and challenges students to combine making and thinking toward dynamic outcomes. Faculty encourage students to have a strong sense of responsibility, self-reliance, and confidence. With the intellectual capability and motivation to move the field in new directions, New Paltz students determine their own course of study while forming a vital community of inquiry and action. Faculty, students, and alumni collectively invest in speculative approaches to studio practice in ways that both define and expand the field. The community carries these values forward through active scholarship that is sustained and highly regarded. All recognize and scrutinize craft’s relationship to the fields of design, the arts, and cultural studies, sometimes celebrating productive convergences with trans-disciplinary outcomes. This environment fosters the passion for making, regard for skill, knowledge of the history of this discipline, and the significance of our actions as metalsmiths and jewelers.

Studio Facilities
Designed to give students a broad range of technical opportunities, the 10,000-square-foot metal studio is fully equipped to accommodate most hands-on metalsmithing and jewelry-making practices—from fine work in precious metals to large scale, formed, and welded constructions.

The main studio consists of a large classroom and open workspace, which includes forming and smithing tools and general machinery such as band saws, drill presses, shears, rolling mills, grinders, sanders, a metal lathe, and mill. Adjoining the main space are task rooms, each designed for specific processes such as annealing, mold making, casting, electroforming, anodizing, etching, patination, laser cutting, welding, and blacksmithing. The facility includes a computer lab running current design software for both 2D and 3D outputs.

Separate BFA and MFA studios include individual spaces for all majors. These semi-private spaces are equipped with soldering stations (oxygen/propane, acetylene, and compressed air), fume exhaust hoods, sinks, workbenches, kilns, and storage space.

A central ventilation system creates safe air quality throughout the entire metal studio.

Department-wide resources include the Makerbot Innovation Center and Digital Fabrication Lab, which houses CAD-CAM equipment including 3D printers, scanners, laser cutters, and a large-format CNC router.

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, professor and head of the metal program (845) 257-3836

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray’s research explores metalsmithing as subject and object, engaging the field’s history, methods, and outcomes. She produces objects as portraits and social indicators, and explores utility as a critical strategy. Awards include the 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in Crafts/Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts; the 2012 United States Artists Fellowship in Crafts and Traditional Arts; and Individual Artist Fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts (1994), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1997, 2005). Mimlitsch-Gray was named Master Metalsmith and awarded a retrospective exhibition by the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York. Mimlitsch-Gray’s work is widely exhibited and included in public collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museums of Scotland, the Royal College of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Lynn Batchelder, Assistant Professor of Metal (845) 257-3886

Lynn Batchelder’s work is rooted in the drawing process; she translates the quality of the drawn line into metal as she seamlessly moves between creating jewelry, objects, and drawings. Batchelder was awarded the 2013–2014 artist-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She was a visiting lecturer of art metals at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Batchelder’s work is exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad—most recently in the prestigious Talente exhibition at the International Trades Fair in Munich, and in a solo show at the Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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

Graduate Portfolios
Claire Webb, Peek Earrings, 2021, pearls, citrine, polylactic acid, epoxy clay, metal leaf, resin, silver, photo: artist

Claire Webb, , 2021

Claire Webb

Claire Webb, , 2021

Claire Webb, The Cradled Gaze, 2020, object, silver, 110 x 70 x 40 mm, photo: artist

Claire Webb, , 2021

Claire Webb, So Within, 2021, pair of objects, porcelain, glaze, gallium, fabric, cellophane, powdered pigment, silicone, rocks, 65 x 75 x 50 mm, photo: artist

Claire Webb, , 2021

Parents,  2020 March, copper,silver,glass,pearl,  3.75'' x 1.75'' x 2'',  photo: Min jae Eom

Kejiayun Ke, BFA, 2020

Twin Shadows, 2020, Object, Copper, Sterling Silver, 5.5” x 4” x 1”, photo: Robert Scherzer

Jamie Scherzer, MFA, 2020

Parents, 2020 March, copper,silver,glass,pearl,  3.75'' x 1.75'' x 2'',  photo: Min jae Eom

Kejiayun Ke, BFA, 2020

Trace Collector#1, 2020, brooch, Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, 8 x 6 x 1 cm, photo: Min Jae Eom

Min Jae Eom, MFA, 2020

Talking Lips, 2019, set of brooches, sterling silver, stainless steel, 2

Stefan Gougherty, MFA, 2020

Peeking The World,2020,small installation and brooch,silver,copper,acrylic,17x17x4.5inch,photo:Kehan Wan

Kehan Wan, MFA, 2020

La Manda, 2019 , Sculptural Necklace, Copper, Silver, Cypress yarn, 21”x 6 ½”x 2 ½”

Alejandra Salinas, BFA, 2019

Contour 4, 2019, shoulder piece, bronze, copper, 4 x 3 x 8 inches, photo: Jordan McCabe

Irene Raptopoulos, BFA, 2019

A Hollow Hold, 2019, necklace, silver, 5.5

Betsy Lewis, MFA, 2019

Thorpe Avenue, 2018, Necklace, Copper, Enamel, Sterling Silver, 3 x 3 x 6inch, 39 inch neck wire, Photo: Elizabeth Torgerson-Lamark

Sylvie Lissa Alusitz, MFA, 2019

Minutiae, 2019, objects, sterling silver, 9x2x1/2'',Minjae Eom

Ruizhi Li, MFA, 2019

champion!, 2019, necklaces, copper, bronze, brass, silver, 3 x 18 inches each, photo: artist

Julia Betts, BFA, 2019

Souvenir, 2018, necklace, copper, 8*15’’, photo: Lynn Batchelder

Myung Sook Koh, BFA, 2018

System Hinge, 2018, necklace, steel, sterling silver, 18 x 12 x 2.25 inches, photo: Benjamin Kellogg

Benjamin Kellogg, MFA, 2018

Drifters, 2018, ambiguous utilitarian forms, gypsum, porcelain, sterling silver, cork, ranges from 7x3x0.05in to 8x5x7in, photo: Dani Epstein

Dani Epstein, BFA, 2018

Colorscape Brooch 11, 2017, brooch, steel, sterling silver, vitreous enamel, 5 x 3 x 0.25 inches, photo: artist

Hannah Oatman, BFA, 2017

Hatchet, 2017, brooch, fine silver, copper, enamel, steel, 3.5 x 2.5 x .1 in, photo: Talya Kantro

Talya Kantro, BFA, 2017

Peeling, 2017, sculpture, silicone, bronze, 6 x 8 inches, photo: Sihui Zhang

Sihui Zhang, MFA, 2017

Catch Me If You Can, 2017, silver, acrylic, bolts and nuts, 6.25 x 5.25 x 9.5 with 35 inch silver chain, photographer: Lynn Batchelder

Hyein Cho, MFA, 2017

Untitled, 2017, Bracelet, sterling silver, 3.75 x 3.75 x .5 inches, photo: John Shea

Lydia Martin, MFA, 2017

The Ring Maker, 2016, tools, copper, 51 x 30 inches, photo: Cong Ma

Cong Ma, MFA, 2017

The Gown, 2015, dress, silicone, iron, thread, 5.5 ft x 20 in x 40 in, photo: Dana Schmerzler

Francesca Urciuoli, BFA, 2015

Tulipa ‘Lose Yourself But Don’t Lose Me’, 2015, necklace, steel, silver, power coat, spray paint, 15 x 6 in, photo: Dana Schmerzler

Maia Leppo, MFA, 2015

Connect1, 2015, glasses, gold plated brass, 7 x 4 inches, photo: Francesca Mancinelli

Anna Drexel, MFA, 2015

August 1 2013 II, 2015, vessel, copper, enamel, overglaze, 4x4x6 inches, photo: Yu Xia

Mengnan Qu, MFA, 2015

Diplopia 1, 2015, neck piece, elasto - plastic, glass, monofilament, 3x14x19 inches, photo: artist

Lena Grabher, MFA, 2015

Tied Up, 2014, steel, Window Grate, 70 x 40 x .0578 inches, photo: John Huckins

John Huckins, MFA, 2014

Koi Pond-Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014, brooch, silver, steel, copper, enamel, rubber, paint, string, 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches, photo: artist

Michael Owen O'Neill, MFA, 2014

Braided Antler Neckpiece, 2014, necklace, mule deer antler, nylon paracord, silver, 14 x 8 x 1 inches

Steven Gordon Holman, MFA, 2014

Sawing/Drawing, 2013, necklace, steel, 18 x 4 x 1.5 inches

Lynn Batchelder, MFA, 2013

Draw (3), 2012, brooch, silver, enamel, 1.5 x 2 inches, photo: Sara Glaberson

Sara Glaberson, MFA, 2012

Anti-pleura, 2012, necklace, sterling silver, copper, pigment, Gesso, 4.5 x 2 x 0.5 inches, photo: Aran Galligan

Aran Galligan, MFA, 2012

Red, Blue, Mechanical Necklace, 2012, necklace, glazed porcelain, sterling silver, steel cable, 50 x 240 x 270 mm, photo: Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson, MFA, 2012

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