Director of Jewelry & Metal Arts
Ms. Modena received her MA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in 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.
Her work is included in the collections of the Xerox Corporation, the American Crafts Museum, Anne Rockefeller-Roberts and Donald Trump. She is also listed in The World's Who's Who of Women and was a Marin Arts Council Grant prize winner. She has been published in Design Magazine, American Crafts, Metalsmith Journal, Ornament, Visual Dialogue and Coevolution Quarterly. Ms. Modena continues to lecture and give workshops in countries throughout the world, while maintaining membership and affiliation with numerous professional organizations. Her books include 500 Pendants and Lockets, published in 2008 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs published in 2009.
When not teaching, she works on her large mixed-media sculptures and one of a kind jewelry pieces in her studio at Muir Beach, California, a small Northern California coastal community where she also resides.