It's been 100 years since instructorHarry Dixon taught the first jewelry and metal arts course at what was then called California School of Arts and Crafts in 1912. One hundred years later, the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program, housed on the historicOakland campus of California College of the Arts, is one of the oldest and most recognized in the field.
"Jewelry / Metals Arts has thrived at CCA for so long because of our exceptional students and exceptional faculty," says program chair Marilyn da Silva. "Our faculty [members] are so skilled at what they do and genuinely care about the students; it creates a real sense of community in the studio that energizes and supports exciting and ambitious work."
To honor the centennial, CCA and the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program will host a yearlong series of events, exhibitions, and lectures, collectively coined Reflection: 100, intended to recognize and celebrate CCA's remarkable metalsmithing legacy and its stalwart commitment to teaching the art of craft.
"Reflection: 100 celebrates our community," says da Silva. "The past accomplishments of faculty and alumni who built the program to where it is today, their ongoing contributions to the Bay Area community and their field, and the work of our current students who will soon be joining them as part of the CCA lineage."
Faculty member and alumnus Curtis Arima (BFA Individualized Major 1998) adds: "With a foundation in traditional craft-based techniques, students are encouraged to explore and expand upon traditions to find new ways of working and thinking."
Such a combination of traditional and innovative thinking led to not one but two Jewelry / Metal Arts students (Rachael Nyhus andAlexis Myre) receiving $15,000 Windgate Fellowships in 2010. "Those were the first Windgate Fellowships received by CCA students," adds da Silva.
[CCA alumnus Kaii Tu (BFA Individualized Major 2012) earned a Windgate Fellowship in 2012.]
Jack da Silva
The Reflection: 100 celebration officially kicks off January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a special opening reception that will feature a lecture at 7 p.m. by guest artist Jack da Silva, founder of Jack da Silva's Metal Design Studio and longtime organizer ofMAKER: Metal Art Workshops and Education, an annual summer metals camp.
Reflection: 100 Exhibition
The main Reflection: 100 exhibition will feature the representative work of Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty and alumni spanning the past 10 decades. The exhibition opens January 24 and runs through February 14.
Among the numerous Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni and faculty featured in the exhibition are the following artists:
Featured CCA Alumni
Anastasia Azure, William Baran-Mickle, Elisa Bongfeldt, Tony Esola,Gilbert "Mike" Holmes (1984), Seung-Hea Lee, Kelly Malec-Kosak,Jaydan Moore (BFA 2008), Victoria Montgomery (BFA 2009), Alexis Myre, Laurel Nathanson, Rachael Nyhus, Miel Margarita Paredes, Claire Sanford, Sayumi Yokouchi (BFA 1996)
Look for a guest lecture appearance by Mike Holmes in fall 2013.
Featured CCA Faculty
Curtis H. Arima, David Cole, Jack da Silva, Marilyn da Silva, Nick Dong, Jo-Anne Donivan, Angela Hennessy, Deborah Lozier, Florence Resnikoff, Marty Streich, Julia Turner, Susan Elizabeth Wood
Both the opening reception and exhibition will take place in the Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus.