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The Jewelry Center at 92Y, under the direction of Jonathan Wahl, is the place where artists and designers from the world of studio jewelry, fashion jewelry, and academia meet to create, teach, and connect. From its beginnings as a single metalworking class in 1930, the Center has grown to become the largest and most esteemed program of its kind in the nation, and the oldest open studios in New York City. Its stellar faculty span the worlds of production and art, and foster a space where all aspects of jewelry design can be explored.

The Center serves more than 1,400 students a year through 60 weekly classes, weekend workshops, and visiting artists. The Center’s four fully equipped studios enable specialized training in such techniques as enameling, goldsmithing, silversmithing, stone setting, and wax carving, in addition to a formal Judaica metalsmithing program that is unique in the nation. The wide variety of classes and levels allows students to pursue comprehensive courses of study, whether a basic introduction for the absolute beginner, or advanced workshops and studio time for pre-professionals and professionals refining their skills.

92Y’s Jewelry Center recently announced a Jewelry Talks series to deepen understanding of all facets of the art of jewelry. The series is led by Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country magazine, and author of Jeweler: Masters Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design, Stellene Volandes.

Three times a year (on Giving Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, and before Mother’s Day), volunteers from 92Y’s Jewelry Center community, visit schools and the Win Women’s Shelter. They teach simple beading technique and assist with making necklaces from donated designer beads to present as gifts. It is the perfect opportunity for 92Y community members to take the skills they have learned and share them with the next generation of artists and makers. This program is supported by 92Y Producer’s Circle member Stacey S. Mayrock and is in collaboration with Karen Giberson, the President of the Accessories Council.

The Center hosts the only jeweler Artist in Residence program in New York City, and is open to artists on an international scale. Truly multifaceted, the 92Y Jewelry Center is a New York City gem with an increasingly global profile.

Jewelry Studio Benchtime

Bench time is an opportunity for independent work without instruction, available to currently enrolled full semester students for a fee of $5 per hour. Bench time schedules are posted the second week of class. Partial term classes and workshops participants are not eligible to participate in Benchtime.

92Y Jewelry Center Committee

The Jewelry Center Committee works closely with the leadership of the Center and is an important advisory and fundraising group for Jewelry Center staff. Members of the Committee serve as a sounding board for new ideas, function as ambassadors within the 92Y patron and larger New York cultural communities, and support the Jewelry Center in meaningful programmatic and financial ways. As cultural guardians and philanthropic leaders with a passionate interest in the arts, all members contribute to direct and indirect patron and financial development.

Denise V. Benmosche, Chair

Susan Brooks Ruskin
Jennifer Brownstone
Kathy A. Chazen
Hope Fitzgerald
Mary Freeman
Sandra Leong
Margie Loeb
Stacey S. Mayrock
Amanda Megibow
Jacqueline Mirabel
Karen Putterman
Hila Rosen
Aline Shapiro
Janet Silverstein

92Y Art Center’s Jewelry Program receives major support from Denise V. Benmosche. Additional support is generously provided by Jennifer Brownstone, The Chazen and Chazen Miller Families, Christie’s, Hope Fitzgerald, Mary and Harvey Freeman, Sandra and Michael Hecht, Jeffrey J. Keenan, Michael and Margie Loeb, Stacey S. Mayrock, and Aline Shapiro.

Director, Jewelry Center

Jonathan Wahl

Jonathan Wahl joined 92nd Street Y in July 1999 as director of the jewelry and metalsmithing program in 92Y's School of the Arts …

Faculty

Virginia Annibale

Virginia Annibale

Virginia graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and went onto become one of the senior Goldsmiths at the impeccable Reinstein/Ross in NYC. “My career focuses on creating elegan ...

Susan Barth

Susan Barth

Susan Barth has professional training in jewelry making and design that spans back over the last thirty years. In the start of her career she apprenticed for five years at a jewelry firm in New Yor ...

Michele Berman

Michele Berman has thirty years of experience as a professional jeweler. She studied at various schools in New York City before working several years for renowned jewelry designer, Barry Kieselstein-Cord. She then became a freelance model maker for other companies before moving on to start her ow ...

Klaus Burgel

Klaus Burgel

Klaus Bürgel received his training at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and at the Goldschmiedeschule Pforzheim. He has had one person exhibitions at Oliver Art Center, California College ...

David Butler

David Butler

David Butler's work has been included in several exhibits, including The Art of Gold, a traveling exhibit showing at many venues, including The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Californ ...

Marsha Davis

Marsha Davis is a professional jewelry instructor with over 20 years of experience - teaching beaded jewelry utilizing numerous techniques. She has been on the faculty of The 92nd Y Jewelry Center since 2000, teaching 5 classes per week. Previous experience includes the Craft Students League, The ...

Lindsey Dean

Lindsey Dean

Lindsey Dean is a craftswoman residing and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a B.F.A in Metal at SUNY New Paltz where she began to explore the design and craft of jewelry, homeware and furn ...

Pamela Farland

Pamela Farland

Pamela Farland was raised in France. Her early passion for ancient civilization led her naturally to the "Ecole du Louvre" where she studied art and archeology, while also pursuing an Art ...

Brice Garrett

Brice Garrett

Brice Garrett received his MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden and a BA from San Diego State University. He is the recipient of several awards and ...

Janna Gregonis

Janna Gregonis

Janna Gregonis received her MFA in Metals from East Carolina University and her BFA in Metals from Kutztown University. Janna has taught at Kutztown University, St. Johns University, Peter's Va ...

Janice Grzyb

Janice Grzyb has been a jewelry designer and fabricator of one of a kind pieces, limited editions and custom work for over 25 years. Her work encompasses a wide range of techniques using precious metals and a variety of precious and semi-precious gem stones. Often her pieces incorporate unusual e ...

Valerie Hall

Valerie Hall

Valerie Hall has worked with metals and precious stones for many years, but over the last 10 years she has worked with polymer clay and finds it to be another fascinating medium in making jewelry. ...

Jiwon Han

Jiwon Han, BFA, Parsons School of Design; exhibits nationally and internationally.

Amy Haskins

Amy Haskins

Bio coming soon.

Denise Karas

Denise Karas

Denise Karas-Abraham has the unique prospective of a jeweler/gem dealer with over 25 years in the field. After receiving her MFA from Pratt Institute she went on to train as a goldsmith. Gemstones ...

Paul Kim

Paul Kim is an independent jeweler, graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and Gemological Institute of America. Studied Jewelry Design and fine Arts. He works with wax and precious metals. To make jewelry, Paul hand carves each model from wax by utilizing the same tools that are used by ...

Honey Jeanne Laber

Honey Jeanne Laber

Honey Jeanne Laber, MFA, University of Georgia; studied: Penland School, Parsons, Japan, China; exhibitions include American Craft Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, Neuberger Museu ...

Betsy Lewis

Betsy Lewis

Betsy Lewis is an artist currently living and working in New York. Her work includes techniques such as hollow forming, forging, and fabrication of non-ferrous metals. Primarily working in silver s ...

Ann Paly Loonan

Ann Paly Loonan

Ann Paly Loonan is a professional jeweler with over 20 years experience. She works and resides in NYC and has a diverse and loyal following. Her work can be found in upscale boutiques, galleries, j ...

Harold Rabinowitz

Harold Rabinowitz, MA, New York University; Fellow Tobe Pascher Workshop; chairman, USDAN Center '73-'78.

Shella Robinson

Shella Robinson

Shella Robinson currently teaches Jewelry I, Jewelry II, and Independent Study at the 92Y School of the Arts. She is also the owner and the Art Consulting and Operations Director for Art Consultant ...

Mary Beth Rozkewicz

Mary Beth Rozkewicz

Mary Beth Rozkewicz received her BFA at SUNY, New Paltz. She is a studio jeweler living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Mary Beth teaches jewelry making at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and at the Westc ...

Susan Sloan

Susan Sloan

Susan Kasson Sloan also teaches at OCCC School of Art in Demarest, NJ. She has taught workshops nationally, in such places as Haystack, Penland, Brookfield and Southwest Craft Center. She is the re ...

Lisa Spiros

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 N ...

Victoria Tillotson

Victoria Tillotson

Victoria Tillotson is a New York based jewelry designer, author and instructor. She is a long time faculty member at School of Visual Arts, as well as Center for the Arts in White Plains. Her work ...

Beth Ann Tokoly

Beth Ann Tokoly

Elizabeth Tokoly is a graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She is the founder of EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery and Metals Studio. Her work exhibits nationally and can be found at even ...

Kathy Wood

Kathy Wood

Katharine Wood received her BA from Boston University. She has taught at the Newark Museum, Craft Students League, Museum of Arts and Design, and Princeton University. Her work has been published i ...