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Published: 09.10.2020

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The Indiana University Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design program focuses on the development of technical skills in traditional and experimental metalworking and jewelry, as well as growth in a personal and creative direction. With one-on-one professional guidance, students refine their skills in formal design, craftsmanship, and creative concepts. Our graduates are prepared to teach at the university level or to practice as a professional artist, metalsmith, or jeweler.

The Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design program at Indiana University has a long and distinguished history in the field. Initiated in 1947 when Alma Eikerman accepted a position to teach design, jewelry and metalsmithing with the directive of building a strong program, very few of which existed at the time. Professor Eikerman met this challenge with great success and an energetic determination that has become legendary.

When Professor Eikerman retired in 1978, the program continued under the innovative leadership of Leslie Leuppe, and in 1983 Randy Long was hired to head the program. It has flourished under her direction, with the assistance of a large number of talented and dedicated visiting instructors and graduate students. Graduates of the Indiana University Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design program have established successful careers as distinguished professionals and university educators both nationally and internationally.

In 2004 a new opportunity presented itself with the introduction of a new faculty member Dr. Nicole Jacquard and her expertise in new technologies. With the addition of Professor Jacquard to the department the IU legacy has continued to flourish with graduates who are proving to lead the field in new directions.

With the retirement of Distinguished Professor Randy Long in 2018, Indiana University is proud to add Joshua Kosker as Visiting Assistant Professor to the Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design faculty. Kosker’s fresh approach to thinking through making and material exploration brings a newfound vigor and balance to the program’s longstanding history of integrating traditional craft practices with current artistic trends and movements.

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Students have access to a range of traditional materials and innovative technologies - from smithing stakes and hammers to 3-D modeling software. Housed in the Fine Arts Building, metals facilities consist of two undergraduate classrooms, private B.F.A. and M.F.A. studio spaces with individual workbenches, a separate graduate student tool room, a soundproof smithing room, and a chemical room. All studios are equipped with professional ventilation, all types of torches, and storage.

The IU Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design program is particularly known for its broad collection of smithing stakes and hammers. Major pieces of equipment include rolling mills, a Cavallin drawbench, large capacity sandblaster, a Jet variable speed wood & metal bandsaw, jigsaw, Profiform bending break and shear, Beverly Shear, Jet belt & disc sander, Jet oscillating spindle sander, drill press, two Dumore precision drill presses, centrifugal casting machine, Kerr injectomatic II wax injector vulcanizer, lapidary equipment and diamond saws, Vcella enameling kilns, electroforming bath, oxygen/acetylene torches and buffing machines.

Other resources available within the Indiana University Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design include a large-scale metal and woodworking studio, and students can create work using various CAM and RPM processes available on campus at one of the three MAD Labs (Makerspace for Art and Design). Equipment and services include 3D printing (FDM, SLA, and full-color binder jet), laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting and plotting, 3D laser scanning, CNC routing and plasma cutting.

Centrally located within the Indiana University Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, the Grunwald Gallery of Art presents contemporary works by both professional and student artists in a special exhibition format. Exhibits incorporate art from a variety of contemporary genres and approaches, and can be experimental or traditional.

The gallery is conceived as a visual art laboratory, allowing artists to participate in the installation of their works and to interact with students and the public. The gallery hosts more than thirty exhibits annually by students from the Department of Studio Art, focusing on work by B.F.A. and M.F.A. students.

The Grunwald Gallery frequently collaborates with artists, scientists, and scholars to produce exhibits that interpret visual art in a broader scientific or humanities context.

IU is also home to the Eskanazi Art Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, a world class museum that is attached to the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. The Burton Y. Berry collection of ancient jewelry, housed in the museum, is one of the five largest collections of ancient jewelry in the world and students often use this resource as inspiration for their work and research. In addition, IU has one of the top Fine Art Libraries in the country with a special periodical room and state-of-the-art computer access to collection and databases worldwide.

Grant and scholarship information and exchange program with links to more information on the school’s website:

Indiana University awards scholarships for undergraduates based on academic achievement and other factors. For maximum scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen must apply for admission by November 1. For more information, visit

Graduate Fellowships and assistance are available on a competitive basis and Fellowship amounts vary each year. Graduate Assistantships include a 95% tuition waiver, health insurance (including optical and dental), as well as a living stipend. Enrolled students are also eligible and encouraged to apply for internal and external travel grants and research grants to assist with the cost of their creative research.  More Information can be found at

Application information and a link to more information on the school’s website:

Applications are due on January 15th of each year. Students are admitted to the program in the fall semester on a space available basis.

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List of past graduates:
Sue Amendolora, Lee Boroson, Kathy Buezkiewicz, Shannon Carney, Jack Da Silva, Marilyn Da Silva, Cynthia Eid, Susan Ewing, Darlys Ewoldt, Tom Ferrero, Anne Fiala, Carrie Garrott, John Garrott, Robly Glover, Arthur Hash, Mindy Herrin, Susan Hunt, Reiko Ichimura, Youske Inoue, Seung-Hee Kim, Andrew Kuebeck, Lisa Johnson, Linda La Roche, Leslie Leupp, Sim Luttin, Richard Mafong, Alix Mikesell, Tom Muir, Paulette Myers, James Obermeier, Byung Wuk Oh, Komelia Okim, Myung Jae Park, Anya Pinchuck, Natalya Pinchuk, Carol Sakihara, Marjorie Schick, Dindy Sheridan, Helen Shirk, Nancy Slagle, Kye Yeon Som, Lin Stanionis, Douglas Steakley, Tracy Steepy, Brook Marks-Swanson, Carol-lynn Swol, Billie Jean Thiede, Sheena Thomas, Vincent Pontillo- Verrastro, Aric Verrastro, Gina Westgard.

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Exhibition  08 Jun 2020 - 15 Jun 2020  Indiana University. MFA Degree Show 2020.
Exhibition  19 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018  Marzee International Graduate Show 2018.
Lecture  09 Feb 2017 - 15 Feb 2017  Visiting Artist Yosuke Inoue.
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Department will host Japanese artist Yosuke Inoue at Indiana University, who will teach a three-day workshop on cold forging of non-ferrous metals and the hot forging of sterling silver and granulation. In addition, Yosuke will be hosting one hour critiques with our MFA and BFA students as well as presenting a lecture on his work Friday, February 11th.
Open call  15 Dec 2015 - 15 Jan 2016  MFA Opportunity at Indiana University.
Symposium  18 Dec 2013 - 19 Oct 2013  Zoom: Examining the Future of Craft Symposium and international exhibition.
Zoom had 23 university and colleges register and during the two-day event over 150 people were in the audience. The entire event was run by the Indiana University Jewelry and Metalsmithing undergraduate and graduate students, including currently enrolled as well as recently graduated MFAs and BFAs. Over the two days there were 4 interactive workshops and nine exhibitions representing over 100 artists from all over the world with over 300 works of art on display.  
Exhibition  17 Oct 2013 - 22 Nov 2013  Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry.
The Shift exhibition and corresponding catalog featured over 70 works of art by 25 international artists, each identified as creating work in relation to the current Shift in the field of art jewelry.  Curated by the 2012/2013 students of the Metals Guild at Indiana University, Shift's vision was to bring together individual philosophies that are dynamic and define a distinct change. 
Exhibition  12 Oct 2007 - 17 Nov 2007  Field of Vision; Contemporary Jewelry and Hollowware.
Indiana University Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design area curated the international exhibition Field of Vision; Contemporary Jewelry and Hollowware, at the Grunwald Gallery of Art. Representing 17 artists with work ranging from delicate enameled jewelry to large scale objects, the exhibition was to reflect the diversity of practice and the heightened creativity present in metalsmithing and jewelry. Along with correlating catalog, the show represented a group of individuals who were each exploring diverse interpretations of concept process, material and form. 
Nathalie Maiello. Brooch Untitled, 2018.
Materials: Copper, spray paint.
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Zach Mellman-Carsey. Brooch Record 2, 2018.
From record series.
Materials: ABS plastic, sterling silver, electrical components, LED, cubic zirconia, paint.
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Gabriel Mo. Teapot Ring for Service, 2017
Materials: Copper, brass, silver, steel.
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Angela Caldwell. Brooch: Together, 2018. Sterling silver, copper, enamel, wood, cotton twine, glass beads.. Angela Caldwell
Brooch: Together, 2018
Sterling silver, copper, enamel, wood, cotton twine, glass beads.
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Yingqi Zhao. Ring: 0.0, 2017. Copper, vitreous enamel, seed beads, silk thread, nylon.. Yingqi Zhao
Ring: 0.0, 2017
Copper, vitreous enamel, seed beads, silk thread, nylon.
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Katie Kameen. Necklace: Ecliptic, 2016. Found objects, plastic tubing.. 32 x 8 x 64 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Necklace: Ecliptic, 2016
Found objects, plastic tubing.
32 x 8 x 64 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro. Necklace: Patently, 2015. PLA, leather, sinew.. 15 x 9 x 55 cm. Photo by: Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro. Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro
Necklace: Patently, 2015
PLA, leather, sinew.
15 x 9 x 55 cm
Photo by: Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro
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Linda Tien. Object: Hand Model, 2015. Latex, foam, paint.. 55 x 38 x 40 cm. Photo by: Linda Tien. Linda Tien
Object: Hand Model, 2015
Latex, foam, paint.
55 x 38 x 40 cm
Photo by: Linda Tien
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Aric Verrastro. Necklace: Locked, 2016. Steel, copper, sterling silver, acrylic paint, thread.. 25 x 7 x 66 cm. Photo by: Aric Verrastro. Aric Verrastro
Necklace: Locked, 2016
Steel, copper, sterling silver, acrylic paint, thread.
25 x 7 x 66 cm
Photo by: Aric Verrastro
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Anne Fiala. Necklace: Stronger Than Most Others, 2015. Wood, galvanized steel, steel, beads.. 8 x 3 x 35 cm. Photo by: Anne Fiala. Anne Fiala
Necklace: Stronger Than Most Others, 2015
Wood, galvanized steel, steel, beads.
8 x 3 x 35 cm
Photo by: Anne Fiala
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