Current Grants & Scholarships
Grants
Scholarships

 

Current Grants & Scholarships

Recipient: Suzane Beaubrun

2021 Professional Development Grant for MAG Members (partnership with Silvera Jewelry School)

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  • Suzane Beaubrun

How did you get into metals/jewelry making?

I fell into working with metal and making jewelry in a roundabout way. I was working on a project that needed a metal frame and I had no idea how to solder. YouTube didn’t exist, so I did the next best (really the very best) thing and took a basic jewelry-making course at the Craft Students League of YMCA in New York. What a gem of a resource! I was extremely lucky that my instructor, artist Lisa Spiros had an infectious passion for jewelry and metal arts. She didn’t just show her students the fundamentals, she talked about the history of jewelry making, showed us conceptual pieces, and whetted our appetites with all the creative possibilities of the medium. She was so inspirational it was impossible to not get hooked (although I never finished making that metal frame).

Tell us about your jewelry/metal art, techniques you like to use, and what inspires you to create it.

The process of making art is what inspires me. I start with a bit of planning and sketching, but I always leave room for improvising. That way each piece I create is unique and has its own energy. I do a lot of intricate piercing and sawing and often crochet because I like the feeling of attentive meditation and intimacy as the works come to fruition. I want my work to be well crafted, but it also needs to feel organic and human. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening and my love for plants and insects is a big influence. I’m also very inspired by living in an urban area, which is why I often include found objects in my artwork. I like combining materials, textures and colors in unexpected ways to stimulate the imagination and senses.

Tell us about the class you plan to take, and why you would like to take it.

I am very excited to take the Alternative Settings for Enamels and Other Objects course at Silvera Jewelry School.  I often incorporate found objects in my metalwork and learning some different approaches to settings will open my designs to more possibilities. I’ll also have the opportunity to learn ways of mounting pieces for the wall, which will be great for the work I’m in the process of creating. 

What is your 5 year goal in metal arts?

My goal is to continue to develop my current series of wall and body art and eventually have the solo show I envision. I’m also refining a jewelry collection and aim to expand its visibility by connecting with galleries and venues beyond the Bay Area. These may seem like modest goals, but the past year and a half has made me a bit nervous about voicing plans. I feel like I should go polish a horseshoe for luck just thinking about it!!

 

Recipient: Hsiao-Yun Chu

2021 Educator’s Grant 

  • Hsiao-Yun Chu
  • Hsiao-Yun Chu
  • Hsiao-Yun Chu
  • Hsiao-Yun Chu

I took up amateur jewelry making in earnest after having my first child. Taking jewelry classes at Sharon Arts Studio in San Francisco was a great way to combat the loneliness and stress of being a first-time parent. Within a few years, I had become part of the community as a volunteer studio assistant and teacher of youth arts classes.

I like to combine organic shapes with more rectilinear ones, and I like to incorporate natural, variegated materials, like agates, into my designs. I often use hand hammered textures to animate the metal. At present, my stone setting skills are limited to simple bezels; I’d like to take a class in basic stone setting to expand my range.

My goal in metal arts is not necessarily to become a professional; it is to become a better teacher so that I can continue to serve the community through the arts–whether by teaching at Sharon Arts Studio, through the YMCA where I am also a frequent volunteer, or via the public school system. 

Community arts bring youth and adults together in the shared goal of creation and self-expression. Teaching, volunteering and contributing to building communities through the arts is my way of giving back to the city and community I love. In five years, I see myself continuing to teach jewelry design classes and promoting the arts as a powerful tool for promoting community cohesion, mutual respect, and appreciation for diverse points of view.

 

Recipient: Anousha Mohsenidarabi

2021 Emerging Artist Grant

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  • Anousha Mohsenidarabi
  • Anousha Mohsenidarabi

Born in 1985 in Mashhad, Iran, Anousha Mohsenidarabi holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is currently a Jewelry and Metal Art student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. While in Iran, Anousha worked at her family’s custom paint manufacturing business for many years and gained a lot of experience with the technicalities of color. After an opportunity to travel to India and Africa, Anousha discovered her interest in gemstones and artistic jewelry, and later in 2017, moved to San Francisco to pursue her newest passion at the Academy of Art University. Anousha has developed a skill set in metal fabrication, stone setting, enameling, wax carving, and casting. She is planning to open her own jewelry and metal art business in the future, where she can work both as a designer and a gemologist. Anousha’s work is heavily inspired by the beauty of nature’s colors and textures. She enjoys working with gemstones, beads, semi-precious and precious metals, glass, wood, found objects from nature, and ceramics. Anousha loves crafting beautiful objects to wear and hopes that people will enjoy owning her pieces as much as she enjoys making them.

 


 

GRANTS

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MAGrant Recipients

MAGrant

Open only to MAG members, the MAG grant took place annually from 2012-2014 and consisted of $1000 to a MAG member for a Community based project.

MAGrant Recipients

2014 Winner

Raissa Bump, “Bay Area ‘Stretches to Keep You Making’ Project”

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The goal of Bay Area ‘Stretches to Keep You Making’ Project was to bring to the awareness of metals students, teachers, hobbyists and professionals in the Bay Area the importance of ongoing and preventative stretching as part of the studio practice and to teach them stretches that are easy to implement. Our bodies are our primary tool and need to be in good health in order for us to make whatever it is that is our passion. Thanks to the MAG Grant, I created the first version of a stretches booklet and had four workshops within the community. This conversation was broached and I added tools to the community’s toolbox – all of which can enhance the quality of life for our community at large, reduce physical stresses and surgeries and keep individuals making for many years to come.

Broaching this topic within the Bay Area metals community gave me many insights and, since completing the grant, I have moved forward to start a business, Reset, to bring this conversation and these skills to an even larger community. Reset’s mission is to educate individuals and groups to be attentive to their bodies’ signals and to provide them with practical Self-Tuning techniques.

Self-Tuning can be done quickly–you don’t need a trip to the gym or a block of time set aside.
These are simple stretches and exercises that can be done in in-between times of waiting or indecision or in moments you feel stuck. They can be done whenever and wherever without needing any special equipment or prior experience to perform.

Reset’s techniques are appropriate for all types of people and all ages: creatives and makers, office workers, gardeners, musicians, coffee shop dwellers, mechanics, dog walkers, surgeons, CEOs, and caregivers.

About Raissa
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Raïssa Bump continued her studies at Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry under Giampaolo Babetto. She has been exhibiting her jewelry for over ten years and is skilled at making both intricate one-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful edition collections – all of which speak to her interest in wearable arts, textiles & textile techniques and slow & methodical handwork. Raïssa is a keen observer of her environment, very curious and enjoys adventure–her jewelry is a reflection of this. She collages together her observations into pieces that are bold from a distance, yet draw you in, ask you to look closer and notice subtle details or how light coruscates across surfaces. She is a Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor and part of the Forrest Yoga Hoop of Teachers.

www.reset-stretch.com
www.raissabump.com

2013

Christine Dhein, “Bay Area Green Jewelry Studio Project”

“The 2013 MAG Community Grant that funded my “Bay Area Green Jewelry Studio Project” allowed me to share my passion and knowledge about eco-friendly studio practices with students in our community. The students’ enthusiasm energized me, and now I am looking forward to expanding the reach of the program. Many thanks to MAG for being the catalyst for making this happen.” Christine Dhein

See the video about Christine’s Bay Area Green Jewelry Studio Project on YouTube
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2007 – 2011

From 2007 – 2011 the MAG grant was awarded for Outstanding Student work in an accredited Metals programs – Please see Scholarships for further detail on past winners.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

 Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts Scholarship

After 39 years, we were sorry to see Revere Academy close and our scholarship end. We wish Alan Revere all the best in his retirement and thank him for all the wonderful education he provided to so many jewelry artists all over the world as well as his collaboration with MAG.

Here are our previous winners of the MAG Revere Scholarship:

–Michele C. Dodge, 2017

–Jani Mussetter, 2017

–Hsinyu Chu, 2016

Past Student Scholarships

MAG partners with local colleges and universities with accredited metalsmithing programs to recognize outstanding student work. The scholarship award money is given to each student as a “no strings attached” style grant. The winning student is then interviewed for our newsletter and their work is promoted through our social media. Each scholarship is juried and the jurors for each year are chosen from among current MAG members based on their level of achievement and commitment to the field.

Yu-Yang Wang2017 – Yu-Yang Winston Wang
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Interview
School: California College of Art, Oakland CA
Juror: Aimee Golant

Chih Jou Chiu2017 – Chih Jou “Yolanda” Chiu
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Interview
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Juror: Aimee Golant

Taylor Koedyker2016 – Taylor Koedyker
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Interview
School: California College of Art, Oakland CA
Juror: emiko oye

Hsinyu Candy Chu2016 – Hsinyu Candy Chu
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Interview
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Juror: emiko oye

XIMAO_HEADSHOT2015 – Ximao Derek Miao
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Interview
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Juror: Elizabeth Shypertt

Deanna_HeadShot-web2014 – Deanna Wardley
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Interview
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Juror: Sandra Enterline

KaixinYu-HeadshotW2013 – Kaixin Yu
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Interview
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Juror: Alison Antelman

DavidChoi_3_figural2011 – David Choi
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School: State University of Ney York, at New Paltz, Ny

HYPark_necklace2010 – Hye Yeon Park

V.Dale_winner092009 – Venetia Dale
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School: State University of Ney York, at New Paltz, Ny

ElliotGaskin_brooch2008 – Elliot Gaskin
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School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA

arends_ossis2007 – Rachel Arends
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School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA

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