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.

Visit the UNT Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program Facebook Group or the Studio Arts Department's UNT Studio Art: Current and Former Facebook Group.

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

Dani Manning

Studio Art
Metals and Jewelry

Studio Art
Metals and Jewelry

Alumni accomplishments

Andrew Palamara

Andrew Palamara is the Assistant Director for Docent Learning at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He supervises a group of 120 volunteer docents that have been a fixture of the CAM for over half a century. He also organizes and leads the docents' training sessions by assessing their tour performance and providing them with resources. Andrew graduated from UNT in 2014 with a Master's in Art Education and the Art Museum Education Certification.

Art Education and Art History
Art Education

Andrew Palamara is the Assistant Director for Docent Learning at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He supervises a group of 120 volunteer docents that have been a fixture of the CAM for over half a century. He also organizes and leads the docents' training sessions by assessing their tour performance and providing them with resources. Andrew graduated from UNT in 2014 with a Master's in Art Education and the Art Museum Education Certification.