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- Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Lynn Batchelder, Colleen Lougen
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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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.
Exhibition 05 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2019 7 artists for 7 days 2019.
Exhibition 19 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 Marzee International Graduate Show 2018.
Exhibition 04 May 2018 - 22 May 2018 State University of New York at New Paltz. Degree Show 2018.
Exhibition 31 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017 State University of New York at New Paltz. Degree Show 2017.
Exhibition 31 Aug 2016 - 11 Dec 2016 In-Animate. Recent Work by Myra Mimlitsch-Gray.
Exhibition 24 Oct 2015 - 21 Nov 2015 A Very Complete Opposite by Iris Eichenberg, Heather McGill and Mark Newport.
Open call 02 Jul 2015 - 14 Sep 2015 Position for an Assistant Professor of Metal at SUNY New Paltz.
Exhibition 15 Mar 2014 - 20 Mar 2014 Staring in HINDSIGHT: the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Fair 12 Mar 2014 - 18 Mar 2014 Schmuck 2014.
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Hochschule TrierIdar Oberstein, Germany
Design WerkstattFreiburg, Germany
Pforzheim Goldsmith and Watchmaking SchoolPforzheim, Germany
Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijing, China
HDK-Valand Academy of Art and DesignGothenburg, Sweden
Glasgow School of ArtGlasgow, United Kingdom
K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery LtdLondon, United Kingdom
Universiteit Stellenbosch UniversityStellenbosch, South Africa
Le Arti OrafeFlorence, Italy
Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery SchoolFlorence, Italy
Pforzheim University School of DesignPforzheim, Germany
Estonian Academy of ArtsTallinn, Estonia
China Academy of ArtHangzhou, China
Baltimore Jewelry CenterBaltimore, United States