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The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center

School  /  Education   Critical Thinking   Technics   Theory   Making
Published: 01.08.2017

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Offering 60 classes a week, in addition to weekly weekend workshops and visiting artists, the Center operates four fully equipped Jewelry studios for specialized training in techniques such as enameling, goldsmithing and silversmithing, general jewelry making, and the only formal Judaica metalsmithing program in the nation.
The  92nd Street Y Jewelry Center.
Management:
Jonathan Wahl
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Intro
The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center is located at 1395 Lexington Ave on New York Cities Upper Eastside. It is non-certificate or degree continuing education program. Students may follow their own course of study and classes are open to all according to their skill level and interest. The program offer weekly classes, weekend workshops with faculty and visiting artists and week-long intensives focused on specific techniques or skills.
The 92nd Street Y’s Jewelry Center was founded in 1935 as part of the WPA program with one class in Metalworking. It is now one of the most esteemed programs in the United States, the oldest open studio in NYC and the largest program of its kind in the nation. The Center serves 1,400 students each year through over 60 weekly classes and technical workshops in four fully equipped studios. The wide variety of courses and levels allow students to pursue comprehensive courses of study, whether it’s a basic introduction for the absolute beginner or advanced workshops and studio time for pre-professionals and professionals refining their skills. Classes include gold & silversmithing, stone setting, wax carving, enameling, the only formal Judaica metalsmithing program in the nation and the only studio in NYC that offers comprehensive jewelry classes for children and teens from 8-18. The four studios that comprise the Center are all fully equipped for most jewelry techniques. Three of the studios are specifically equipped for; Wax Carving & Enameling, Goldsmithing and Silversmithning respectively.

The Jewelry center hosts the only Artist-in-Residence program for a jeweler in New York City. The residency takes place annually from mid-August to mid-September. The focus of the program is to allow the artist dedicated time and studio access to research to develop new work utilizing the rich diversity of the jewelry milieus, collections, styles, and jewelry production that New York City has to offer. The Center is also the home of the Beads for Love program which uses donated designer beads from fashion and accessories brands to make beaded necklaces with underserved children from the Education Outreach program to give as gifts during the holidays and for Mother’s day. Center programming also includes a jewelry lecture series in partnership with the Accessories Counsel; recent speakers include; Robert Lee Morris, Alexis Bittar, Kenneth Jay Lane, Judith Ripka, Monica Rich Kossan, Robin Renzi & Ariel Foxman. Biannually Jewelry Center Director Jonathan Wahl leads groups of students abroad to study historical collections and meet contemporary jewelers. Previous trips have been to Italy, India, Japan and Vienna and Prague. In 2009, 92Y’s School of the Arts, including the Jewelry Center, was featured in the PBS series “Craft in America.”

Former instructors and visiting artists include: Director emeritus Thomas Gentile and John Cogswell, Robert Ebendorf, Lisa Gralnick, Mary Ann Scherr, Philip Crangi, Lola Brooks, Michael Good, Bettina Speckner, Jamie Bennett, & Heikke Seppa and many other renowned artists. Notable students include; Dean Harris, Robin Renzi, Sandra Leong, Maria Beaulieu & Justine Koons. Countless jewelers, designers and makers have alighted at the Center to begin their education, polish off their portfolios, or add to their technical repertoire.


Jonathan Wahl, Director.
Jonathan Wahl’s art work ranges from drawing to sculpture and the decorative arts. His work has been featured or reviewed in publications as diverse as The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Oprah Magazine, W Jewelry, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metalsmith magazine, Harpers Bazaar and the Advocate, among others.
Wahl has been awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships one for Craft and one for Drawing and the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths Award for "Outstanding Achievement." He was also featured in the PBS series Craft In America which aired in 2009. His charcoal drawings are part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine and the Museum of Arts of Arts and Design in NYC, he was named one of the top-10 jewelers to watch by W Jewelry in 2006. Mr. Wahl is an accomplished artist who, from 1994 to 1995, served as artist-in-residence at the Hochschule Der Kunst in Berlin, Germany. Mr Wahl’s work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. His jewelry clients include Bruce Webber, Ann Hathaway and Caroline Kennedy.

Teachers

Danielle Ansley, Daniel Antosh, Susan Barth, Michele Berman, Klaus Bürgel, David Butler, Marsha Davis, Reed Fagan, Pamela Farland, Janice Fiore, Brice Garrett, Jean Gorospe, Janna Gregonis, Janice Grzyb, Jiwon Han, Amy Haskins, Judith Hoekter, Russell Jones, Paul Kim, Honey Jeanne Laber, Ann Paly Loonan, Harold Rabinowitz, Shella Robinson, Mary Beth Rozkewicz
Susan Sloan, Lisa Spiros, Elizabeth Ann Tokoly, Kathy Wood

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2016:
Meeting  30 Mar 2016 - 30 Mar 2016  Thomas Gentille Speaks at the 92nd St. Y in NYC.
Klaus Bürgel. Brooch: Loop VI, 2004. Silver. Klaus Bürgel
Brooch: Loop VI, 2004
Silver
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Paul Kim. Ring: Untitled, 2017. 18k gold, citrine, ruby. Paul Kim
Ring: Untitled, 2017
18k gold, citrine, ruby
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Amanda Megibow. Necklace: Classical Wings, 2017. 18k gold, enamel, cysophrase. Amanda Megibow
Necklace: Classical Wings, 2017
18k gold, enamel, cysophrase
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Jamie Bennett. Brooch: Lumina 21, 2017. Enamel, gold, copper. 2 x 2 cm. Jamie Bennett
Brooch: Lumina 21, 2017
Enamel, gold, copper
2 x 2 cm
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