Alumna Jolynn Santiago Awarded Arrowmont Artist Residency

Jolynn Santiago (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metals/Enameling ’13) was recently awarded an 11-month residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.  Each year, five artists working in different media are selected to participate in the program, which was established in 1991.  According to the website, the program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative supportive community environment of 160 rotating visiting workshop artists/instructors and hundreds of students. Arrowmont has a long history of providing educational opportunities in contemporary art and craft and boasts over 100 years of operation in the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Jolynn Santiago is an artist and contemporary jeweler who currently lives and works in Kingston, NY and recently earned her M.F.A. in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work is a collection of lines—illustrations of gesture that emphasize the connection between thoughts and the hand. Jolynn’s acute observations of materials, objects, and processes are central to her practice. Her ephemeral objects are sensitive, poetic reflections—timestamps that illustrate language and evoke memory.

Images: Jolynn Santiago, (right) vestige II, sterling silver, hand-dyed silk, 2018; (left) marking time I, forged sterling silver stick pin and a silk swatch, 2018