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State University of New York at New Paltz

Published: 08.07.2015
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The SUNY New Paltz Metal program actively engages a wide variety of ideas, objects, images, and modes of making. The program is directed by Professor Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, and includes Michael Gayk and Lynn Batchelder as prominent faculty, and Jamie Bennett as Professor Emeritus. The rigorous curriculum provides opportunities to explore the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual aspects of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing in a state-of-the-art facility with faculty that are actively engaged artists who exhibit and lecture internationally. The New Paltz Graduate Metal program has earned the distinction of being ranked #1 by US News and World Report. New Paltz Metal alumni contribute to the richness of this field as active participants, building a critical and productive community while they expand the field through their energetic, creative professional work.
 
History of the school:

In 1966 German silversmith Kurt Matzdorf founded the Gold and Silversmithing program at SUNY-New Paltz. Known today as Metal, the program has been led by prominent artists such as Robert Ebendorf, Jamie Bennett, Fred Woell and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. The program is located within the State University of New York-New Paltz, a highly selective public college with about 8000 students. The campus is located 75 miles north of New York City in the picturesque Catskill Mountain region with easy access to the metropolitan area, cultural and recreational amenities and prominent art jewelry and design galleries.

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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.
 

Teachers

Program Head Professor, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray: mimlitsm@newpaltz.edu
Assistant Professor, Michael Gayk: gayk@newpaltz.edu
Assistant Professor, Lynn Batchelder: batchell1@zmail.newpaltz.edu
Instructional Support Technician, Adam Mastropaolo: mastropa@newpaltz.edu
Graduate Coordinator Professor, Matthew Friday: fridaym@newpaltz.edu

Previous faculty include Jamie Bennett, Kerianne Quick, Arthur Hash, Sarah Turner, Sondra Sherman, among others.
 

Events

Recent events include Staring in Hindsight – a presentation of student work at Die Neue Sammlung in Munich (2014), Insight/Onsite – a collaborative project of student and faculty work at the Historic Huguenot Landmark Site in New Paltz (2013, 2014), and Adorned Spaces at the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Boston (2015). The Metal program produced the publication, 100 Drawings (2015), documenting thirty years of alumni work and drawing as a generative tool to explore concepts, form, and strategies for three-dimensional works.
 
Coursework is supplemented by day trips to Museum of Art and Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MOMA in New York City. Participation in professional symposia and conferences such as Schmuck, SNAG, Haystack Art School Collaborative, and SIGGRAPH is encouraged and often supported through the Student Art Alliance and other funding sources. Given the college's proximity to major cultural centers and several outstanding contemporary jewelry galleries, students benefit from frequent visits to museums, expositions, and visiting artist lectures. SUNY New Paltz maintains a comprehensive visiting artist schedule. Recent participants include: Lisa Walker, Iris Eichenberg, Peter Bauhuis, Lisa Gralnick, Melanie Bilenker, Barbara Seidenath, Lola Brooks, Tracy Steepy, Simon Cottrell, Andrea Wagner, Gabriel Craig, Helen Britton, Alfredo Jaar, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Iris Bodemer. In addition, prominent writers,critics, and curators are invited to campus to speak and critique student work, including: Glenn Adamson, Dave Hickey, Damian Skinner, Sienna Patti, Ken Ames, David Levi Strauss, Mary Douglas, Ken Trapp, and John Stuart Gordon.
 

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Student Union Building at night
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Student Union Building at night
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View from the Bonticou Crag, New Paltz, NY
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View from the Bonticou Crag, New Paltz, NY
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Main studio space
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Main studio space
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Main studio space
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Main studio space
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Lena Grabher. Head Piece: Diplopia 5, 2015. aluminum, silver, silicone, tulle, mirror styrene. 13 x 21 x 13 cm. Photo by: Lukas Gaechter. Lena Grabher
Head Piece: Diplopia 5, 2015
aluminum, silver, silicone, tulle, mirror styrene
13 x 21 x 13 cm
Photo by: Lukas Gaechter
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Maia Leppo. Neckpiece: Tulipa ‘Lose Yourself But Don’t Lose Me’, 2015. steel, silver, powder coat, spray paint. 38 x 15 x 5. Photo by: Dana Schmerzler. Maia Leppo
Neckpiece: Tulipa ‘Lose Yourself But Don’t Lose Me’, 2015
steel, silver, powder coat, spray paint
38 x 15 x 5
Photo by: Dana Schmerzler
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Francesca Urciuoli. Neckpiece: The Scarf, 2015. silicone, iron. 28 x 33 x 15 cm. Photo by: Dana Schmerzler. Francesca Urciuoli
Neckpiece: The Scarf, 2015
silicone, iron
28 x 33 x 15 cm
Photo by: Dana Schmerzler
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Anna Drexel. Piece: Connect1, 2015. gold plated brass. 18 x 10 x 5 cm. Photo by: Francesca Mancinelli. Eyewear. Anna Drexel
Piece: Connect1, 2015
gold plated brass
18 x 10 x 5 cm
Photo by: Francesca Mancinelli
Eyewear
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Qu Mengnan. Object: September 20 2011, 2015. keraflex, overglaze, copper, cloisonne enamel. 15 x 10 x 10 cm (each). Photo by: Yu Xia. Qu Mengnan
Object: September 20 2011, 2015
keraflex, overglaze, copper, cloisonne enamel
15 x 10 x 10 cm (each)
Photo by: Yu Xia
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Steven Gordon Holman. Neckpiece: Geode Torque, 2014. Dugway geodes, bronze, steel, U-bolt. 41 x 23 x 10 cm. Photo by: Steven Gordon Holman. Student. Steven Gordon Holman
Neckpiece: Geode Torque, 2014
Dugway geodes, bronze, steel, U-bolt
41 x 23 x 10 cm
Photo by: Steven Gordon Holman
Student
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John Huckins. Installation: A Pile of Effort: My Height and Weight in Steel Knots, 2014. forged steel. 193 x 36 x 10 cm. Photo by: John Huckins. John Huckins
Installation: A Pile of Effort: My Height and Weight in Steel Knots, 2014
forged steel
193 x 36 x 10 cm
Photo by: John Huckins
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Michael Owen O'Neill. Brooch: Middelgrunden-Oresund, 2014. silver, copper, steel, paint, string. 18 x 15 x 8 cm. Photo by: Michael Owen O'Neill. Michael Owen O'Neill
Brooch: Middelgrunden-Oresund, 2014
silver, copper, steel, paint, string
18 x 15 x 8 cm
Photo by: Michael Owen O'Neill
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Lynn Batchelder. Neckpiece: Sawing/Drawing, 2013. steel. 46 x 10 x 4 cm. Photo by: Lynn Batchelder. Lynn Batchelder
Neckpiece: Sawing/Drawing, 2013
steel
46 x 10 x 4 cm
Photo by: Lynn Batchelder
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Cathy Jasterzbski. Necklace: Fragility, 2015. pearls, hair. 30 x 45 x 2 cm. Photo by: Cathy Jasterzbski. Cathy Jasterzbski
Necklace: Fragility, 2015
pearls, hair
30 x 45 x 2 cm
Photo by: Cathy Jasterzbski
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