Professor, Craft & Material Studies

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
BFA, Tyler School of Art

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Craft & Material Studies

Anderson Hall 4th Floor


Rod McCormick is a professor of Craft + Material Studies in the College of Art, Media & Design at the University of the Arts. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1974 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1978.

Rod is a metalsmith, sculptor and jeweler. His original passion was for metal (copper, bronze, aluminum, steel, silver, gold) and for metalworking (fabrication, hammering, casting, chasing, repoussé, soldering, welding). Since 1990 he has also been involved with the application of computer-aided design and computer-aided making to the work of the individual craftsperson, and now much of his work is executed using 3D printing. He draws his inspiration from process—from 19th century sheet metal patternmaking as well as contemporary 3D computer modeling programs. His current work is jewelry—sensuous forms designed digitally and printed in plastic, aluminum and stainless steel.

He has received many honors including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant. He is a three-time Finalist (Discipline Winner) for a PEW Fellowship in the Arts.

He has been a visiting artist at Massachusetts College of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, Cranbrook Academy, Washington State University, Towson University, and Kendall College of Art and Design, among others.

Exhibitions include solo shows at John Elder Gallery, New York City and at Design Arts Gallery at Drexel University, as well as group shows at the American Craft Museum, New York City; Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery, New York City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz, NY; Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco; and the Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA.