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School of Jewelry & Metal Arts Faculty

Charlene Modena

Director, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts

Ms. Modena received her MA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metal Arts and an MFA in Sculpture from Academy of Art University. She also studied with the S.F. Art Institute, Penland School in North Carolina and Haystack School in Maine, and conducted additional research in England, Mexico, Italy and Hawaii. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including the American Institute of Architects, the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), the Butler Museum, Elements Gallery, the Velvet da Vinci Gallery and the Biennale Internationale-Limoges in France.

Gordon Silveria

Director of Digital Art Technology, School of Illustration & Jewelry and Metal Arts

Native San Franciscan Gordon Silveria became an instructor in 1994, and has held numerous posts at the Academy, including Director of Illustration, Acting Director of Graduate New Media and 2D Animation, and Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. As Director of Arts Technology, he primarily works with the Illustration and Jewelry and Metal Arts programs. He illustrated the best-selling children's math book The Greedy Triangle and holds an MFA in Sculpture and a BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University.

Kelly Nedderman

Online Coordinator, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts

Kelly Nedderman is a studio metalsmith and graphic designer living and working in San Francisco. Born and raised in southern California, and after a brief time living in France, she moved to the bay area to attend Academy of Art University and received her BFA. While there, she studied textile design and fell in love with metal. Having worked with many accomplished bay area metal and jewelry artists, she is heavily focused on involvement in the arts and design community, she is the current President of the Metal Arts Guild and is a member of the Women’s Jewelry Association, AIGA, Art Jewelry Forum, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in exhibitions in the US, Belgium, Australia, and China. She has also been included in the book 500 Pendant and Lockets by Lark Books and the Lark Studio Series.