The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center

Published: 14.01.2022


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The  92nd Street Y Jewelry Center.
Jonathan Wahl

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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 Silversmithing 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. Center programming also includes a jewelry lecture series Hosted by the esteemed editor of Town & Country Magazine, Stellene Volandes and supported by Christies; recent speakers include; Marion Fasel, Dede Wilsey, 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, Vienna and Prague, and Israel. 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, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day. 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.

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Lectures  26 Jan 2022 - 09 Feb 2022  Jewelers & Sculptors of NYC.
Open call  12 Jan 2022 - 15 Apr 2022  Open Call for the 92Y Jewelry Center Artist Residency 2022.
Exhibition  15 Nov 2021 - 13 Dec 2021  Requiem by Tina Rath.
Open call  09 Jan 2020 - 01 Apr 2020  Open Call for the 92Y Jewelry Center Artist Residency 2020.
Workshop  08 Jan 2020 - 09 Jan 2020  Carving Hardwood for Sand Casting with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  06 Jan 2020 - 07 Jan 2020  Shaping Mother of Pearl in Jewelry with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  24 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019  Hollow Form Molding for Wax with Alexis Pavlantos.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019  About Face by Claudia Lepik.
Open call  11 Mar 2019 - 12 Apr 2019  92Y Summer Jewelry Residency 2019.
Lectures  13 Nov 2018 - 13 Nov 2018  Treasure Hunting: Lynn Yaeger in Conversation with Marion Fasel.
Lectures  19 Jun 2018 - 19 Jun 2018  Inside the Mind of a Jewelry Collector.
Open call  22 Dec 2017 - 30 Mar 2018  92Y Summer Jewelry Residency 2018.
Lectures  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
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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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