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Bruce Metcalf (born September 30, 1949 in Amherst, Massachusetts) is an American artist who uses different materials including wood, metal, and plexiglass for his works. Metcalf is a supporter of new craftsmen and women's inventiveness in the absence of a degree in a hands-on trade.
He received his B.F.A. in Crafts/Metalsmithing in 1972 at Syracuse University. He also majored in Architecture at Syracuse from 1968-1970. From 1972-73 he attended Montana State University and from 1973-74 attended SUNY College at New Paltz. In 1977 he received his M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
- Co-author with Janet Koplos of "Makers: 20th Century American Studio Crafts", to be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009
- Senior Lecturer 2007, 1999, 1997, 1994–1995, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Advisory Committee, “Craft in America” television series
- Instructor 1992, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Associate Professor of Jewelry/Metals 1986 - 1991 Assistant Professor 1981-1986, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
- Contributing Editor, Metalsmith magazine, 1980–1992, 1995–2001
- Visiting Instructor, 1983, University of Houston Graduate School of Architecture, Houston, Texas
- Instructor of Metalsmithing 1979-1980, Department of Continuing Education Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts
- Artist-in-Residence 1980, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Temporary Instructor of Metalsmithing 1977-1978, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
- Benchworker for "New England Weather," Leverett, Massachusetts, (production of silver jewelry) 1974-1975
- Benchworker for Kurt Matzdorf, New Paltz, New York 1974
Grants, fellowships and awards
- Artist’s Project Grant, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, 2002
- Society of North American Goldsmiths Metalsmith Writer’s Award, 1997
- Pew Fellowship in the Arts, 1996 
- National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship 1992
- Fulbright Teaching & Research Fellowship in Seoul, Korea, 1990
- Kent State University Creative Activity Grants, 1983, 1989
- Ohio Arts Council Crafts Fellowships, 1983, 1984,1988
- Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities Artists Foundation Fellowship, 1980
- Colorado State University Faculty Improvement Research Grant, 1977
- National Endowment for the Arts Craftsmen's Fellowship, 1977
Selected museum collections
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, 2002
- Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, 2002
- Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY, 1998
- Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, New York NY, 1997
- Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1996
- Le Museé des Arts Décoratifs de Montréal, Canada, 1993
- Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, S'Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, 1992
- Crafts: Second Class Citizens?, in Metalsmith magazine, 1980.
- Crafts New Borderland: A Grass Roots Movement of Handcraft is Taking Hold
- The Meaning of Making, Catalogue essay for "Craft as Content: National Metals Invitational", Emily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron, Ohio 1987.
- On the Nature of Jewelry, in Jewelry Australia Now. Craft Australia Series Publication, 1989.
- Replacing the Myth of Modernism, in American Craft, February/March 1993, Volume 53, Number 1.
"These necklaces and brooches represent a recent departure. They are neither narrative nor conceptual jewelry. Instead, I want to make jewelry that is decorative and comfortably wearable. Beyond that, I want these articles to become the center of attention when they are worn, and thus to make their wearers feel exceptional".
- Metcalf, Bruce (2010). Crafts New Borderland. p. 36.
- Metcalf, Bruce. Craft’s New Borderland. “Metalsmith,” vol. 30, no. 1, Mar. 2010
- U. Ilse Neumann, American Studio Jewelry Movement - Créateurs de bijoux américains du XXème siècle, in "Bijou, Objet, Corps. In-corporer", L'Harmattan, 2008, ISBN 978-2-296-07029-5