Take a Class in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Newly Remodeled Metalsmithing & Jewelry Making Studio
The Ann Arbor Art Center is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newly renovated, fully functional Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making Studio. This unique space is the only one of its kind outside of a college or university setting in the Ann Arbor area, which is open to the public. Housed within the Art Center’s historic downtown building located at 117 West Liberty Street, this renovation project represents the final phase of a comprehensive remodel of the third floor.
Funding for this project was made possible through generous gifts of support from the Buhr Foundation, Masco Cabinetry and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). Additional resource assistance included: JC Beal Construction, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
This renovated space offers year-round class programming led by expert instructors and provides open studio times for artists and jewelry makers to work independently.
Facility improvements combined with equipment upgrades enable the Art Center to expand and increase program offerings to include, jewelry making, design and fabrication, torch work and metalsmithing techniques, and encaustic painting.
Whether you are a couple looking to craft unique wedding rings, a dentist reconnecting with you passion for metalwork, a beginner wanting to learn the art of jewelry making, or a master jeweler looking for access to a comprehensive suite of tools, the Art Center continues to be a unique resource for aspiring and professional artists to work comfortably, safely, and creatively,” says Ann Arbor Art Center President/CEO Marie Klopf.