Metals & Jewelry Head, Professor of Art

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M.F.A. - Metals, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.F.A. - Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.F.A. - Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Rooker is a Metalsmith who works in a variety of media to create dynamic, culturally critical, and adornment-oriented art through such techniques as fabrication, laser and micro-arc welding, die-forming, anodizing, carving, electroforming, and enameling; as well as continuing to produce sculptural objects, installations, tableware, and mixed-media artist's books. He offers courses in Metals at all levels at JMU.

Professor Rooker has been head of the JMU Metals program since 2000. He worked professionally as a graphic designer prior to pursuing metals, and has created 3-D designs in metal for various commissions, including one that will be permanently placed on the Moon’s surface in 2017. 

Rooker work MoonArk chambers

Exploded view of the MoonArk chambers designed by the Moon Arts Group


Maquettes for "The Aspirations of Carbon"
sculpture for Moon Arts Ark. Photo by Mark Rooker

Professor Rooker is a member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths and the American Craft Council, and a Visiting Fellow of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University.

CVPA Faculty Research Leave
Excellence Award, Unfolding exhibition, Kendall College of Art and Design
Art Jewelry Forum Emerging Artist Award
Grand Prize, Society of American Silversmiths Student Silversmiths Competition
Honorable Mention, Celestial Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation III
Summer Research Grant, James Madison University (multiple)

Professor Rooker has been a part of over 50 local, national and international exhibitions, and is in the Permanent Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery of American crafts.

mark rooker at laser welder

Mark Rooker at laser welder.

mark rooker holding maquettes

Mark Rooker holding maquettes.

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