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Charlene Modena

Director, Jewelry & Small 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

Associate Director of Technology: Illustration, Jewelry and Metal Arts

Gordon Silveria is a San Francisco native. He earned his BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University in 1991. He began teaching for the Academy 12 years ago, and created the Academy's first digital art classes for illustrators. He went on to become the Illustration Department Director, a position he held for 7 years. During his tenure, the Illustration department became "The number two illustration department in the United States," according to the New York Society of Illustrators' top ten list.

He currently is on the faculty of the Academy's Illustration department and is the Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. He illustrated the bestselling children's book The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, and has just finished his own book, The Upside Down Book, which should be out soon. He has two dogs, Digby and Rooney.

Kelly Nedderman

Full-time Faculty, Online Coordinator

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.