4 RIC students recognized in jewelry design competition

Four RIC students were recognized at the New England Chapter of the International Precious Metals Institute’s (IPMI) Jewelry Design Competition. It is believed to be the most RIC awardees yet in the annual competition, which has been held for 22 years.

RIC students who placed in the competiton:
• 2nd IPMI President’s Award – Terren Findeisen
• 4th New England Chapter Award – Traci Gruttadauria
• Honorable Mentions – Gabrielle Lopez, Julian De La Garza

“This prestigious competition receives entries from New England universities and art schools that have both graduate and undergraduate jewelry metals programs,” said Dianne Reilly, assistant professor of art. “I am very proud of our undergraduate students who received four out of the seven awards given this year.”

The competition was open to students enrolled in metalsmithing or jewelry design programs at East Coast colleges and universities. Students submitted up to two pieces of finished jewelry pieces, made primarily of sterling silver, for review by a jury. Entries were judged on design, workmanship and functionality as a piece of jewelry.

In addition to cash prizes, the winners will be presented awards at the New England Chapter IPMI Annual Meeting on May 17.

The New England Chapter of IPMI supports regional precious metals businesses and provides information on precious metals markets, environmental and regulatory updates, security and control, insurance, ownership structures, industry history and trends, and the economy. It also supports local college programs and encourages and rewards students seeking entry into the jewelry industry.