Fine Art Metals

Degree: B.F.A.

Millersville University's Fine Art Metals program not only produces talented artists and creative problem solvers, but also critical analysts of jewelry and metal art. The studio facilities are equipped with a recently renovated ventilation system and are excellent for the production of small-scale sculpture and art jewelry. The studio includes all of the major equipment necessary for fabricating, casting, raising, lapidary, enameling, etching, and finishing processes.

Why Study This Program?

The fine art metals program at Millersville University concentrates on jewelry and metalsmithing as a form of artistic expression.  You will enjoy studio facilities equipped with 20 individual jewelers’ benches. Toolkits that contain the necessary hand tools are available to the beginning level classes for rental. Other equipment available includes flexible shaft machines with accessories, metal-forming stakes and hammers, belt sander, large shear and Beverly Shear, gas burn-out kiln, electric enameling kilns, oxygen/acetylene torch, acetylene torches, pulse arc welder, centrifugal casting machine, vulcanizer, wax injector, vacuum investing-casting machine, 20-ton hydraulic press, rolling mills, drill presses, powder coating equipment, lapidary equipment, buffing machines, vibrating and rotary tumblers, ultrasonic cleaner, and various auxiliary items. Provided materials include, but are not limited to: flux, brushes, investment, polishing and grinding wheels, sanding belts, carving wax, wax wire, and polishing compounds.

This concentration, housed within the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Art major, encourages students to seek creative solutions to visual problems through various metal working techniques and media.

“Sara Gallo is an artist, silversmith and designer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated as a double major with her B.F.A. in Fine Art Metals and B.S.E. in Art Education degrees from Millersville University in 2008. Since then, she received her MFA degree in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2016. Gallo started her small jewelry business in 2008 while still an undergraduate student and upon graduating, she exhibited in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her flair for design has enabled her to exhibit in galleries nationwide and sell jewelry in over 50 retail locations internationally. Sara Gallo Jewelry can be found in boutiques and stores in Tokyo, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and the Bahamas.”

- Sara Gallo | 2008

What Will You Learn?

Every student enrolled in Millersville University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program begins their coursework by gaining a foundation in drawing, art history and two- and three-dimensional design. Those choosing to concentrate their study in fine art metals will experiment with mixed metals, while also practicing the critical analysis and evaluation of jewelry and metal art.