Scale, format and non-traditional materials
 Concept and design
 Interplay between art and craft 

Our Metals program empowers students to push the emotional, intellectual and physical boundaries that are traditionally associated with metalworking as an art form. Along this path of discovery, students use state-of-the-art studio space, tools and equipment to gain proficiency in the following functional areas:

  • Soldering and riveting
  • Mold-making and casting
  • Electroforming and enameling
  • Computer-aided construction


Jillian Sortore - Department Chair and Professor
Jillian holds an MFA with Metalsmithing emphasis from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University. Recent exhibitions include Adorned Spaces; Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, New Orleans, LA; Melange, Clamplight Gallery, San Antonio; and Craft Texas, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX.  

Sarah Roberts - Studio Manager and Professor
Sarah holds an MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing with a secondary emphasis in Digital Photography from Texas Tech University and holds a BFA in Art Education from Texas Tech University.  Her works have been selected for many national exhibitions including Spirit and Matter at the Jung Center in Houston, Texas; Art Jewelry: Strong Voices at Dedee Schattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts; and The 5th Biennial Ashes to Art near San Francisco, California.

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 Jillian Sortore - Department Chair

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