Versatile Designs Win Sculpture MFA Student WJA Scholarship
Structural whimsy and charming surprises make
School of Fine Arts Sculpture MFA student Lindsey
Eisentraut's jewelry hard to resist. It not only won her a Radiant Technology Scholarship this
year, but recently caught the attention of the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) who also awarded
her a coveted scholarship.
WJA is well known and respected in the metal arts community, and Lindsay had applied for the
same scholarship the previous year with no luck. She didn't let that stop her from submitting her
pieces Bug Box and Cottage Ring in this year's competition. Her perseverance paid off.
"I really didn't expect to win. I've gained so much more
experience this past year at Academy of Art University, which helped me create better work to
show," she said.
Lindsey is truly mastering her craft at Academy of Art University's
Fine Art Graduate
School. Her winning pieces are intricate with a delicate storybook quality juxtaposed by the
strength of the materials in which she works. They appeal to the curious mind, to the wearer
looking for beauty, functionality and a bit of wonder.
Bug Box is part of a series of three jewelry boxes. The
bug's wings can be removed to reveal two dainty compartments. Stored in the larger compartment are
hooks that can be attached to the removed wings, transforming them into earrings.
Cottage Ring was inspired by a short story and is itself a
narrative in construction. Consisting of two H-style rings, the outer ring is in two sections,
which snap on to the inner ring to create a fairytale scene of a cottage surrounded by a stark
Lindsey chose to come to
Academy of Art University because she was impressed by work from the small metal
arts department. She calls out instructors Charlene Modena and Jonathan Russell as being
instrumental in helping hone her talent.
In her award letter, the WJA told Lindsey that they are looking forward to watching her
progress in the coming years. Academy of Art University could not agree more.