Quite to the contrary. Maryville University has a great metals
program. John Baltrushunas is the professor who was mentored by Heikki
Seppa at Washington University. Also SIU, in Edwardsville, Illinois,
which is just across the river also has a terrific metals program
headed by Paulette Meyers. She too is a former student of Heikki
Seppa. There is also a very strong metal program at Craft Alliance in
St. Louis. Jan Hessel teaches casting there along with many other
very good metalsmithing teachers.
I founded the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths in St. Louis in 1994.
Several of our members belong to SNAG and also have taken courses and
workshops at the centers listed above. Hope this is helpful. Ray Wenneker