Following in the artistic and educational legacy of Chunghi Choo (1938-), who produced work and taught at Iowa for almost 50 years, Iowa's Jewelry and Metal Arts program encourages students to use contemporary and traditional tools and techniques in exploring the frontiers of their discipline.

Our faculty and students create not only jewelry, but also metal sculpture, mixed-media work, and functional objects ranging from bicycles and flatware to light fixtures furniture. Their work is displayed nationally and internationally—including in biennial faculty art exhibitions on the UI campus—and their products are widely commercially available.

Visiting artists in jewelry and metal arts

  • 2023

    Boris Bally
    Marilyn & Jack DaSilva
    Jessica Calderwood

  • 2022

    Jillian Moore
    Jessica Andersen
    Dan Brown
    Stephen Maxson
    Patricia Madega

  • 2021

    Joe Muench

  • 2020

    Robert Lugo
    Julia Haft Candell

  • 2019

    Yvonne Escalante, San Jose State University
    Tom Stancliffe, University of Northern Iowa
    Sun Kyoung Kim, Southern Illinois University

  • 2018

    Wing-Ki Chan & Paul McClure, George Brown University
    Demitra Thomloudis, The Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia

  • 2017

    Thalen & Thalen, Designer, Belgium
    Aimee M. Howard, Department of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University
    Stephen Maxson, Max-Cast, Inc.

  • 2016

    Harlan W. Butt, University of North Texas, School of Visual Arts

  • 2015

    Stephen Bottomley, Edinburgh College of Art, School of Design
    Teresa Faris, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

  • 2014

    Nicole Jacquard, Indiana University

  • 2012

    Linda Threadgill, independent artist

  • 2011

    Donovan Widmer
    Lynn Cool
    Jon Havener

  • 2010

    Robly Glover

  • 2009

    Jing-Yun Jeng
    Thomas Muir
    Soo-In Bae
    Sook-Rye Park

  • 2008

    Joe Muench

Jewelry and metal arts faculty

black and white image of Lonna Huisingh (Keller)

Lonna Huisingh (Keller)

Visiting Assistant Professor
Portrait of Steve McGuire

Steve McGuire

Area Head, Jewelry and Metal Arts