Graduate students are presented with vast opportunity to participate in an R1 research institution through interdisciplinary collaborations. Students often enroll in courses outside of the department to enhance their studio work and deepen their research.
The Metalsmithing Guild is a student-run guild that helps bring nationally or internationally recognized metalsmiths to campus for lectures, demonstrations or workshops, and one-on-one critiques with graduate students. The Colorado Metalsmithing Association (CoMA) is a statewide organization that hosts its yearly annual conference in Salida, Colorado. The conference offers excellent opportunities to meet nationally recognized and local artists working within the field.
Our program allows for a small number of admitted applicants every year, encouraging more focused studio time, feedback from advisors, and access to teaching opportunities and technical assistantships. Incoming graduate students must be technically proficient to successfully explore themes and approaches for the furtherance of their own artistic, intellectual, and philosophical investigations. They must be ready to grow beyond their comfort zone and to engage in the broader field of contemporary visual art.
The 2,000 square foot Metalsmithing & jewelry studio includes a large, well-ventilated main studio area outfitted with jeweler's benches, two large worktables, rolling flex-shafts, & a wide selection of specialized hand tools. There are are separate rooms for raising & forming, casting, enameling, buffing & grinding, welding, & blacksmithing processes. Graduate students have their own studio space, which is next to the main Metals studio.
Students have access to a wide range of forming & forging anvils, stakes & hammers, rolling mills, a draw bench, a 20-ton hydraulic press, multiple soldering & heating torch systems, drill presses, a B-2 Beverly shear & 12” guillotine-style shear, vacuum & centrifugal casting machines, enameling kilns, etching & patina processes, & buffing and finishing equipment. A MIG & TIG welder are available for use, as well as both a gas forge and coal-fired forge located in our 300 square foot blacksmithing shed.
The studio also includes a flexible workspace used for artwork installation, group critiques, student meetings, & an informal gathering. Students have access to the Visual Art Building’s Digital Fabrication Lab and Woodshop, & computer labs.