The undergraduate program in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at CSU offers students the opportunity to explore a range of traditional metalsmithing techniques and processes, while emphasizing formal and conceptual development within their own artistic practice. Class projects are designed to introduce and strengthen technical skills, as well as to provide awareness of both historical and contemporary practice within the field. The studio itself is well-equipped, with ample student access outside of scheduled class time. Metalsmithing students of all academic levels are encouraged to interact openly with one another, and Graduate students are often informally available for technical assistance or critical analysis.
Students who concentrate in Metalsmithing and Jewelry are expected to maintain a strong and active studio presence. Capstone classes require the development of a cohesive body of work, as well as an artist’s statement, resume, and participation in a final BFA exhibition. Other exhibition opportunities exist throughout the duration of the program. Students are also encouraged to enter regional and national juried exhibitions, to participate in workshops and conferences, and ultimately to locate and establish a place for themselves within the field of Metalsmithing either professionally, academically, or both.
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, Melanie Bilenker, Tom Muir, Harlan Butt, Tina Rath, David Freda, Cappy Counard, and others. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/metalsguildcsu.