Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Colorado State University
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry graduate program is a three-year, 60 credit course of study with a focus on creative studio practice and research. The first two years are marked by technical and conceptual exploration, critical investigation, and the cultivation of a creative approach that is relevant to each student’s intentions and sensibility. The third year is dedicated to the research and creation of a cohesive body of work, culminating in an MFA Thesis Exhibition held in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (formerly known as University Art Museum). A written thesis is also required to complete the requirements for the MFA degree. In addition to in-area studio work, the curriculum includes studio electives, art history coursework, graduate seminars, and non-art electives. Incoming graduate students must be technically proficient in order to successfully explore themes and approaches in order to further their own artistic, intellectual and philosophical investigations.
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry Area offers private studio space to graduate students, and 24-hour access to the main studios and equipment year-round. Individual artistic practice is both supported and challenged through an ongoing series of meetings and critiques. Students are expected to participate in weekly meetings, as well as to maintain a continuing dialog with the professor regarding the development of their own work. Critiques are held both within the metals area, and also with other graduate concentrations. A continuous exchange of ideas and critiques with a faculty Graduate Thesis Committee will also assist in defining and setting the pace of your personal advancement. There is also the option of engaging in other complementary studio work such as photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, fibers, drawing, and electronic media.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available on a competitive basis, and Supervised College Teaching can be taken for actual course credit applied towards your degree. All students must first take at least one semester of Supervised College Teaching before being awarded a GTA. Other responsibilities may include management of the studios, basic facility maintenance and security, and informally mentoring upper level undergraduate students by embodying a strong personal work ethic and by maintaining an active presence in the studio.
Resources and Region
The University Center for the Arts houses the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (formerly known as the University Art Museum), which hosts national traveling art exhibitions and has featured works by prominent metal artists and designers. Additionally, the Museum owns an extensive collection of traditional African jewelry and art objects; art students have opportunities to work directly with such objects in the museum’s collection.
The Metalsmithing program also has an active student organization, the Metalsmithing Guild of CSU. Each year the Metals Guild helps bring a nationally or internationally-recognized metalsmith to CSU for lectures, demonstrations or workshops, and one-on-one critiques with the Metals graduate students. Previous visiting artists include Sarah Perkins, Maria Phillips, Melanie Bilenker, Tom Muir, Harlan Butt, Tina Rath, David Freda, Cappy Counard, and others. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/metalsguildcsu.
The Colorado Metalsmithing Association, or CoMA, is a statewide organization that hosts its annual conference in Salida, Colorado in July each year. Student rates are available, and the conferences offer excellent opportunities to meet nationally-recognized and local artists working within the field. More information is available at www.coloradometalsmiths.org.
Fort Collins is 60 miles north of Denver, and 45 miles northeast of Boulder. There are numerous hiking and biking trails both in and around the city. Rocky Mountain National Park is also close by, and there are lots of local outdoor activities that are accessible year-round. Off-campus housing is readily available, and there are a number of local restaurants, shops, and breweries in Old Town, very near the CSU campus. All prospective students are strongly encouraged to arrange a visit of our facilities and to meet with faculty and current graduate students personally.
Associate Professor Haley Bates, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Area Coordinator
THIS PROGRAM SELECTS A LIMITED NUMBER OF APPLICANTS. PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT TO LEARN WHEN THE METALSMITHING AND JEWELRY AREA IS ACCEPTING MFA APPLICATIONS.
Graduate Program telephone: (970) 491-6775 FAX: (970) 491-0505
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