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Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Metalsmithing and Jewelry students take a number of studio classes that allow them to explore the breadth of metal techniques such as casting, enameling, raising and forging.

The faculty in the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at UNT is exceptional.  From their collective expertise, a comprehensive range of resources is available to the students of the Metalsmithing & Jewelry program.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of North Texas will help you become a practicing artist exhibiting and selling works in galleries, shops, museums and art fairs.

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Harlan Butt

Regents Professor Harlan Butt has had a distinguished career that spans the use of most of the media and techniques practiced in contemporary studio metalsmithing. Best known for his poetic enamelwork with cloisonné on vessels, Harlan has pieces in such notable collections as: The National Gallery of Australia, The Museum of Art & Design in New York and The Mint Museum of Art & Craft, among others.

Ana Lopez

Ana Lopez's sculptural metalwork is informed by her additional studies of the History of American Decorative Arts at The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC. Through the sharing of her combined experiences with the practice, histories and theories relating to metalsmithing, students may gain additional insight and perspective on their own practice.

James Thurman

James Thurman has a diverse background with degrees in sculpture and metalsmithing along with certification as a machinist. His studio practice builds upon this background through a varied use of materials and processes, including metal, wood, plastics/synthetics and found objects, to create a range of sculptural domestic objects, from jewelry to furniture.

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Student accomplishments

Elizabeth Robertson

Studio Art
Metals and Jewelry

Studio Art
Metals and Jewelry

Alumni accomplishments

Maria Leake (Art Education PhD 2010) publishes in Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD alumna Maria Leake on the publication of her article "Social Engagements With Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice" in the September 2014 issue of Art Education.This special issue of Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, focuses on Theory & Practice in Art Education. Nicely done, Dr. Leake!

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Congratulations to Art Education PhD alumna Maria Leake on the publication of her article "Social Engagements With Contemporary Art: Connecting Theory with Practice" in the September 2014 issue of Art Education.
This special issue of Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, focuses on Theory & Practice in Art Education.

Nicely done, Dr. Leake!