SUNY New Paltz Metal/Jewelry Program to offer silver polishing service

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz Metal/Jewelry Program will host a daylong silver service and jewelry polishing event on Saturday, Nov.23 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Marbletown Community Center on Main Street in Stone Ridge, N.Y.

Just in time for the holidays, the fundraising event, titled “Buff,” invites people from the community to bring their old or tarnished silver objects and jewelry to be cleaned and polished by a group of skilled artisans for a nominal fee.

All funds raised will benefit the SUNY New Paltz Graduate Student International Conference Travel Fund and will help defer the cost of travel to and from Munich, where students from the program will install an exhibition of their work in “Under the Stairs” at the PinakothekderModerne, also known as the International Design Museum. The exhibition will take place in March of 2014 during the International Jewelry Exposition, called “Schmuck” (the German word for jewelry). Each year, the museum accepts a proposal from one metal program of international acclaim. New Paltz is the first American institution to be included in this prominent exhibition.

During the polishing event, there will be a jewelry and metalwork sale, an international bake sale, and an exhibition of student work on display at the center.

For additional information call 602-856-6517 or email

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Metal/Jewelry at SUNY New Paltz is among the largest graduate metal programs in the country. It has earned the distinction of being ranked #1 in the U.S. News and World Report list of best graduate schools. Students in the program learn the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual aspects of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing in a state-of-the-art facility. They are taught a strong sense of responsibility, regard for skill, and knowledge of the history of the discipline.