Lisa Spiros was born in New York City, where she is currently teaching jewelry making at 92nd Street Y, as she has for the past fourteen years. Some of the schools she has taught at include Parsons School of Design, New School for Social Research, New York University and The State University of New York at New Paltz. She has been invited as a guest lecturer and visiting artist by The Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and the Hiko Mizuno College Art in Tokyo, Japan. Spiros received her B.F.A. in Metals from The State University at New Paltz, NY and attended graduate school at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany.
At The Parsons School of Design, Spiros taught art history; “Survey of Contemporary Metalsmithing”, coordinated the Metals program and taught the Metals B.F.A. degree program, in both the Senior Studio as well as the Senior Thesis courses. Her requirements for graduation in the B.F.A. degree program included a student gallery exhibition to which she invited numerous panelists to jury the student’s work. The panelists included editors from Metropolis, I.D. and Metalsmith magazines, as well as museum and gallery curators, university chairmen, and business owners.
Spiros maintains a personal jewelry studio in upstate, New York, where she makes Minimalist stainless steel jewelry and architectural metalwork. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums such as; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C. National Museums of Scotland, National Museum of Wales, Crafts Council of Great Britain, Laforet Museum, Tokyo Japan.
Most recently, the Museum of Arts and Design made their second acquisition of her Jewelry work, and last month The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City acquired a piece of hers for their art collection through The Department of Nineteenth Century, Modern and Contemporary Art.