Baltimore Jewelry Center

Published: 27.03.2024
Baltimore Jewelry Center mural..
Baltimore Jewelry Center mural.

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Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA Jewelry Center. Located in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District, the 501c3 educational nonprofit is dedicated to building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalworking for new and established artists, offering classes, workshops, and studio space access.
Open to anyone regardless of educational or artistic background, the BJC's offerings and the program provides affordable educational opportunities by subsidizing class, workshop, and studio rental costs. In addition to its education program, the Baltimore Jewelry Center helps metal and jewelry artists grow sustainable business practices by offering professional development, sales opportunities, and a promotional platform.

The BJC is the preeminent independent jewelry and metalsmithing program in the Mid-Atlantic. We offer a curriculum that is on par with programs offered at art colleges across the country at a deeply discounted price. Through our studio access program, both new and established metalsmiths and jewelers can access excellent equipment and knowledgeable support. Through our gallery and exhibitions program, we expose the public to the breadth of contemporary jewelry.

About classes and certificate:
Classes at the Baltimore Jewelry Center are open to anyone with an interest in learning metalsmithing and jewelry skills. Classes are offered on a quarterly basis and our offerings rotate each session.
More information about classes and to register visit.

The Baltimore Jewelry Center certificate is a structured plan for taking classes that ensures students receive the education most suited for their jewelry-making goals. The certificate program is suited for students who are interested in one or a combination of the following goals: developing a fulfilling personal practice; creating a body of production work and applying for shows; creating a body of one-of-a-kind work suitable for exhibitions. The certificate program assists students in the development of their craft, helps students increase their competency in creating high caliber work, and ensures that students leave the program in the skills and craftsmanship of jewelry design and fabrication and knowledgeable about the contemporary jewelry field.
More information about the specific classes and each certificate track.

About the BJC's artist in residence program: 
The BJC offers an robust artist in residency program with options for both emerging and mid-career artists, including a one-month residency for BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) identifying artists, a one-month emerging artist residency, a one-month mid-career artist residency, and a three-month artist residency open to both emerging and mid-career artists. 
Learn more about our residency offerings and what supports are offered for the difference programs on our website.

Scholarships and work-study position:
The Baltimore Jewelry Center offers scholarships and work-study positions in each session. Scholarships cover the full tuition of the course and provide unlimited bench rental for the duration of the class. Work-study provides a 50% discount on class tuition and requires 2 hours of service to the studio a week for the duration of the class.
More information about scholarships and work-study.
Studio rental:
Studio access can be purchased through rental. Renters are not required to be in a class at the BJC, but must have some experience in a metals/jewelry studio to rent if they are not enrolled in a class.
More information about rental and studio access.

List of Instructors:
Shane Prada, Director
Elliot Keeley, Studio Manager, Instructor
Andy Lowrie, Instructor
Molly Shulman, Instructor, Youth Programs Instructor
Adam Atkinson, Instructor/Teaching Fellow
J Diamond, Instructor/Teaching Fellow
April Wood, Instructor
Katja Toporski, Instructor
Shana Kroiz, Instructor
Kirsten Rook, Instructor
James Betts, Instructor

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Exhibition  05 Apr 2024 - 24 May 2024  Re: Play by Katie Kameen.
Exhibition  16 Feb 2024 - 20 Mar 2024  365 Grams by Rebecca Strzelec.
Exhibition  25 Aug 2023 - 29 Sep 2023  Grab Bag by Amelia Toelke.
Exhibition  07 Oct 2022 - 19 Oct 2022  ARKIVET Ice Cold in Baltimore.
Workshop  26 Apr 2022 - 17 May 2022  Bead Weaving: Chain Necklace in CRAW by Mara Colecchia.
Workshop  06 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021  Explorative Practices for Jewelry by Dongyi Wu. Online course.
Open call  28 Apr 2021 - 15 Jul 2021  Open Call for Position of Studio and Program Manager.
Workshop  30 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021  Double Trouble by Lydia Martin.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2020 - 10 Jul 2020  Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic in Baltimore.
Exhibition  17 Apr 2020 - 24 May 2020  Object Permanence.
Exhibition  14 Apr 2017 - 02 Jun 2017  Touchy Feely.
Student Gabi Giannina fusing links in an Ancient Chains class..
Student Gabi Giannina fusing links in an Ancient Chains class.

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Student Moira Horowitz showing off an enamel decal belt buckle in visiting instructor Andrew Kuebeck’s workshop..
Student Moira Horowitz showing off an enamel decal belt buckle in visiting instructor Andrew Kuebeck’s workshop.

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Visiting instructor Gabriel Craig demoing solder inlay..
Visiting instructor Gabriel Craig demoing solder inlay.

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