The SUNY New Paltz graduate Metal Program is directed by Professor Jamie Bennett and Professor Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and includes Kerianne Quick and Arthur Hash as prominent faculty. The program is designed to be an investigative space that inspires and challenges students to synergize making and thinking toward dynamic outcomes. Building upon the individual's research interests and undergraduate experience, graduate study in metal at SUNY New Paltz is a self-directed course of inquiry and action that cultivates responsibility, self-reliance, and confidence. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and the extensive knowledge and support of faculty, students expound upon their own research and making interests to develop a critical, self-reflexive creative practice.
As faculty we work very closely with our graduates, meeting every week to provide encouragement and guidance. Each semester one member of faculty teaches a formal seminar while the others meet with the students one-on-one to discuss their studio work and research. We also team-teach and conduct joint critiques on a regular basis. The goal is to sustain an environment that fosters a commitment to making, regard for skill, knowledge of the history of art and craft disciplines and the significance of our actions as metalsmiths and jewelers.