The Next Generation: Pratt Exhibits Senior Design Students Jewelry Creations

Brooch by Jenna Pierson. (Photography: Stephen Wilson)

Brooch by Jenna Pierson. (Photography: Stephen Wilson)

Brooklyn—What could fashion jewelry design look like in the next decade? Get a glimpse of future talent this week when Pratt Institute’s Department of Fine Arts holds its annual Senior Jewelry Thesis Exhibition.

Scheduled for Tuesday through April 10 at the Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery at Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, the exhibition will feature more than 100 examples of  jewelry design.

The works on display will include jewelry and wearable sculptures of metals, plastics, rubber, leather, acrylic, gemstones, repurposed materials, and resins. The Senior Jewelry Thesis Exhibition is an annual opportunity for the public to view firsthand the extraordinary talent of the jewelry design students in Pratt’s undergraduate Fine Arts department, the curriculum of which embraces all aspects of design, creativity, fabrication, and social responsibility in jewelry and metalsmithing.

“Pratt’s jewelry program encourages students to discover and embrace their distinct artistic voices and I believe this year’s students have done just that,” says Professor Patricia Madeja, Fine Arts Jewelry Coordinator. “The work in the show is incredibly diverse, exceptionally creative and beyond expectation.”

The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery at Pratt Institute is situated at 200 Willoughby Avenue in Brooklyn. A special opening reception is planned tonight at 5 to 8 p.m. (For directions click here.)

About Pratt Institute

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700

Brracelet by Samantha Nania

Brracelet by Samantha Nania

undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.


Elytra bracelet by Sara Cochran, who was recipient of  theTiffany & Co. Foundation Scholarship in Fall 2012 as a junior jewelry major.

Elytra bracelet by Sara Cochran, who was recipient of theTiffany & Co. Foundation
Scholarship in Fall 2012 as a junior jewelry major.


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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology.