Regardless of whether they adopt traditional or contemporary practices, undergraduates gain an understanding the art, its historical context and business practices. Introductory courses teach the essentials of metal fabrication, surface embellishment, and simple stone setting. As students advance, they gain expertise in the processes of casting, generating multiples, forging, container forms, and hollowware production. Opportunities to experiment with traditional, contemporary and mixed-media techniques encourage students to develop a personal approach to the medium that integrates their chosen methods with a strong conceptual focus.
The metalsmithing studio offers students the resources to help them learn the diverse techniques of the medium. This includes the equipment necessary for metal fabrication, casting, forging, enameling, raising, generating multiples, and hollowware production. Majors earning a BFA in this program have individual studio spaces in a common area shared with sculpture students.
Jessica Scimeca, BFA with Metals Emphasis 2012, has been hired in the Orthodontic Division of Davis Dental in Grand Rapids, MI.
Peter Antor has been accepted into the MFA Metalsmithing program at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Peter is a 2010 graduate of the BFA in Art and Design program at Grand Valley with an emphasis in Jewelry/ Metalsmithing.
The Society of North American Goldsmiths conference was held in Toronto in May. Grand Valley State University was represented by nine students and graduates of the Metals program: Grace Andersen, Lindsay Fisher, Anna Berghorst, Lisa Lowe, Abbey Blodgett, Alec Zelinski, Peter Antor, Jen Surine and Ann Dilley. Faculty members, Beverly Seley and Renee Zettle-Sterling were also in attendance.
Renee-Zettle Sterling, Associate Professor, was elected to a four-year term as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths at the Toronto conference.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Metals graduates Alaina Clark and Abbey Blodgett are developing a facility to support metalsmiths in the Grand Rapids area. The HOT SPOT will allow for independent creative work, classes in metals techniques and business know-how. The location is on Hall Street within the Grand Rapids Makers building.
Nikki Grogg, B.F.A. Metals Emphasis, had three pieces accepted to a national exhibition , Adorn the Form: New Directions in Jewelry and Fiber in Yakima, Washington.
Lindsay Fisher, B.F.A. Metals Emphasis, received a scholarship from the Society of North American Goldsmiths organization in an international competition. Three awards are given with only one presented to an undergraduate student. Lindsay was the recipient of a $1500.00 scholarship.
The Grand Valley State University was invited to show work in Metals 2013 at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. The show will run March 24 through April 14 at the Walter B. Ford Building. This exhibition includes twelve institutions. Work selected includes Art and Design students Lindsay Fisher, Nicole Grogg, Jessica Scimeca, Ross Tanner, Ashleh Worden and Morgan Eaton.
Nicole Grogg, B.F. A. Metals Emphasis, had three pieces of work selected for exhibition in Faktura, a national student metals show at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.