Department of Art

Art Studio - Metals/Jewelry 

The study of Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Western Illinois University offers students an education in the fundamentals of using the hand and the creative mind to fabricate well-designed and finely crafted jewelry and small sculpture.

The program introduces a wide variety of metalsmithing techniques. They include both ancient and contemporary metals processes such as fabrication, cold connections, vessel raising, hydraulic die-forming, centrifugal casting, rubber mold making, tumble finishing, chain making, enameling, granulation, photo-etching, reticulation, patination, soldered and fused mokume, stone-setting, and electroplating/forming.

The fine metals used include non-precious metals such as copper, brass, nickel and bronze, as well as precious metals including sterling silver and gold. Students will leave the program with a strong foundation in working with fine metal. They will be well prepared to continue on to graduate school or set up an artist studio of their own.


Kat Myers
Office: 32 Garwood Hall/ HPA 110
Phone: (309) 298-1549
Meet the Faculty

Degree Plan

There are two degrees available in the Studio Art areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art - Art Studio
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art - Art Studio
For more information about Course Descriptions and Programs of Study.