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Metals and Jewelry

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The metals and jewelry program at James Madison University encourages an experimental and interdisciplinary approach to art making. Our curriculum synthesizes a commitment to traditional mediums, emphasizing craftsmanship and the interplay between concept, material, and content. Students are encouraged to take risks while developing ideas based on individual, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Faculty work closely with students discussing the ideas and attitudes emerging in their work and its relationship to recent developments in contemporary art. It is our belief that making art generates productive thinking and promotes new understandings of the environment we live in. It is our goal to graduate students who are skilled both technically and conceptually, and are truly engaged with the world. METALS AND JEWELRY


The metals and jewelry studio at JMU is located in the Wine Price Building on the basement level. The studio is well equipped and supports the teaching of fabrication, die-forming, electroforming, aluminum and reactive metal anodizing, stone setting, etching, metal finishing, centrifugal and vacuum casting, and enameling. Individual and secure studio space is assigned to graduate students.


Mark Rooker, Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A., B.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 540.568.6410