School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Terry McKelvey
Edinboro University’s MFA in Metals/Jewelry program cultivates an atmosphere where students are challenged to pursue their personal direction while achieving technical mastery and an understanding of the critical issues facing our field today. Faculty members Sue Amendolara and Cappy Counard work closely with students to encourage and assist their artistic development through regular meetings, demonstrations and critiques.
The metals studio is well-equipped for nearly all metalsmithing techniques, from fine jewelry making to large sculptural work. Graduate students are given private or semi-private workspaces and 24 hour access to the expansive facilities.
Outside of the formal class structure, students enjoy numerous opportunities to broaden their understanding of the metals field. Each year, the extremely active Metals Club invites several artists to campus to give lectures and weekend workshops. Past visiting metalsmiths have included: Bob Ebendorf, Pat Flynn, Marilyn Da Silva, Jack Da Silva, Leonard Urso, Harlan Butt, Andy Cooperman and Fred Fenster.
The Metals Club also supports annual trips to SOFA in Chicago, the Society of North American Goldsmith’s conference and visits to gallery and museum exhibitions in the nearby cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. Additional activities and trips are offered through the Student Art League and the Graduate Student Council. Metals graduate students are encouraged to engage in a critical discourse and to work collaboratively with other graduate students across the art disciplines.
Visiting artists routinely lecture on our campus each semester. These lectures and demonstrations add variety and depth to our already comprehensive course offerings. Many visiting artists work directly with students. Each year interested students and the University organize field trips to nearby cities, as well as Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. In addition, graduate students have access to funding for travel to view art work, install shows and participate in conferences through the Graduate Professional Development program.
On campus, the student-run Bates Gallery exhibits thirty solo and group shows of student work each academic year. Every spring, an outside juror selects works and monetary prizes for the Bruce Gallery’s Annual Student show.
Graduate students also are encouraged to actively participate in the local art community to build both their knowledge base and their portfolios. Edinboro students enjoy numerous regional venues for exhibiting their work, including the Annual Erie Art Museum show, the Meadville Council on the Arts, summer public art events and galleries in Meadville and Erie. Some students exhibit their work in group shows in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, as each city is about 100 miles from Edinboro. The Spectator, the student newspaper and the Erie Times News are receptive to publishing well-written student reviews of exhibitions.
Find full application and admission details on the Master of Fine Arts page.
Admission to the MFA program guarantees a graduate assistantship .
For full details, see the Masters of Fine Arts page.
Edinboro University graduate Jim Dunn (’17), who earned a Master of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry, was recently hired as an apprentice bench jeweler for Shane Co. jewelry stores in Minneapolis.
Now a resident artist and teacher at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Peter Antor (’16) earned a Master of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry from Edinboro University.