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InFlux 2017: Advanced Work in Jewelry and Metal Arts

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Vishali Sitharthan. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

On Thursday, March 2, the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts’ very own JEM Club held the opening reception for its third annual group show of advanced student work at the Cannery Gallery. The exhibition, “InFlux,” provides a platform for all students enrolled in jewelry and metal arts classes, whether they are a JEM-declared major or taking a course as an elective, to showcase their current work. Not only do they have the exciting opportunity to share their craft outside of the classroom and studio, they are also able to learn the intricate details that go into gallery installations.

Selected by Director Charlene Modena, faculty and JEM Club officers, the displayed work demonstrates the breadth of advanced technique and creative development taught by the department, as well as variations of wearable and sculptural forms executed in a diverse range of media. “InFlux” has been instrumental in promoting the department’s emerging talent and bolstering students’ confidence and professional experience. Modena shared, “The JEM Club put out a call for entries to JEM students, and the most astonishing and amazing pieces started to show up; stunning work, conceptually and technically, showcasing the ultimate in creative talent. I am so proud of the JEM Club and the exhibiting students … they all worked together in preparing for the show, resulting in an exhibit that is both beautiful and professional. It is truly inspiring.

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Yat Cris Wong. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

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Chih Jou Yolanda Chiu. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

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Chen Yu “Christy” Chiu. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

JEM work-study student and recent School of Communications & Media Technologies graduate, Justin Atangan, interviewed participating students in the show, highlighting their remarkable pieces and exploring their unique concepts. Among these stories includes one of M.F.A. student Chen Yu “Christy” Chiu’s “Dowry” pieces and how it symbolizes her redefinition of the marriage tradition. In the interview, she discussed the importance of inheriting life’s skills and values, rather than solely material possessions, as the link to personal growth and well-being.

For more information about “InFlux” and the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts, please visit blogs.academyart.edu/jem/jem.html.