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    Call for Entries! Summer-Fall 2018 Opportunities

    Learn about all upcoming competition and exhibition opportunities below!

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    Alumni Success: Yolanda Chiu's Dolls Brought to Life in Florida CraftArt Exhibit

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    Photo courtesy of Yolanda Chiu

    A selection of MFA alumna Yolanda Chiu's thesis work is currently on view in Florida CraftArt's Dolls and Where They Live exhibition. Among the diverse range of dolls submitted by over 30 artists, her automaton piece, Reborn, received an honorable mention during the opening reception.

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    Alumni Success: Hsinyu "Candy" Chu Awarded MJSA Vision Award

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    Every year, the MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America) Vision Awards celebrate outstanding craftsmanship, skill, and innovation in the field of jewelry design. The JEM family is absolutely ecstatic to share that, this year, MFA alumna Hsinyu "Candy" Chu was awarded second place for Future of the Industry, which recognizes the work of students in jewelry-related programs who exhibit exceptional design talent and creativity. Just two years ago, MFA alumna Jizhi "Gigi" Li had also won a Vision Award under the same category. We couldn't be more proud to witness the success of our former students as they become representatives of what the industry is and can be. Congratulations, Candy!

    To view all 2018 Vision Award winners and designs, click here.


    Fight or Flight: A Solo Exhibition by Leah Aripotch

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    We're so proud to share that alumna Leah Aripotch will be holding her first solo exhibition this Saturday, March 10 at Lost & Foundry Gallery. You can expect to see a wide range of Leah's work, spanning her formative early pieces, never-before-seen sculptures from her newest series, a select collection of jewelry, as well as some of her iconic pieces from the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

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    Alumni Success: Azita Mireshghi Lands Cover of 1968 Magazine

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    Cover of 1968 Magazine featuring Azita Mireshghi's piece, Majesty. Photo by Giuliano Bekor.

    With one of her thesis necklaces, Majesty, landing the cover, eight of Azita’s bold pieces can be found in the Winter 2017-18 issue of 1968 Magazine, an upscale fashion and art magazine dedicated to providing original and creative editorial content. Azita discusses her recent success and the collaborative process in an interview with Academy Art U News, emphasizing the importance of high-quality photos and attention to styling to truly make portfolio work shine.

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    MFA/Jewelry and Metal Arts: Past, Present, Future

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    This November 3rd, The School of Jewelry and Metal Arts will present the gallery show, MFA/Jewelry and Metal Arts: Past, Present, Future.  The show will focus on MFA thesis artwork.  This includes the era when JEM was under FASCU’s department and JEM's earliest graduate students.  Additionally, the gallery will display JEM's current students’ theses work.  Please stop by the Cannery, in Suite 115, at 5:30 to view the incredible work our students have produced!

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    2016 Graduate Highlights

    2016 has proven to be an exciting year for the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts! Between exhibitions, new classes, and other great events, our students have been very very busy. In honor of their hard work, we have selected a small group of this years graduates to highlight.


    Jenhui Chang

    "Those Beautiful Little Pathogens"

    "Wearing jewelry is special and enjoyable, but because I am allergic to metals and other things, I cannot wear jewelry. As a lover of jewelry, I try to overcome my allergies and deal with the reactions my body has to metal touching my skin. I have gradually come to accept the fact that the allergies win every time. I began to be curious about these tiny pathogens, and how certain tiny organisms have so much power and influence over human beings. 

    Since I cannot overcome my own allergies, I wanted to conquer the irritants by creating a body of work consisting of jewelry and sculptural pieces inspired by a variety of cells that trigger people's physical responses. 

    Also, I want to create awareness about people suffering from illnesses. Through this work, people may have a better understanding of the beautiful, yet powerful impact of those tiny cells, and develop empathy towards others instead of judging them from unpleasant appearances."


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    Student Spotlight: Diana Garcia

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    Diana Garcia, MFA Jewelry Design 2016, was selected as a Juror’s Choice for the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. The competition is hosted annually by the Center for Metal Arts and recognizes excellence in the the art of foldforming. Foldforming is a technique used in metal working where the metal is folded and unfolded to give it a three dimensional form. Diana’s entry impressed the judges at the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition and her work at  Academy of Art University continues to show what a gifted jewelry designer she is.

    This Columbian native was not always headed on a path towards jewelry design. Before coming to San Francisco, she had an entirely different career before finding her calling in jewelry. Diana took a quick break from managing her brand and preparing her final project to show off some of her work and talk to Fashion School Daily about winning the Juror’s Choice award and let us in on where she finds her inspiration.

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