Marie There is lots going on in the Miami area. In south Miami there
is Florida International University (South Campus) (a state
university). The have a full jewelry program with a degree in
jewelry. They are the only university program in Florida granting
that degree. I do not know if they have MFA classes or not in
jewelry, but you can call and ask. The semester for the fall begins
early August and the "winter" semester begins in January.
Miami Dade Community College has a wonderful 2 year program.
Bench jewelry programs are offered at Miami Jewelry Institute, this
is in Miami proper. In Fort Lauderdale there is a new jewelry school
named American School of Jewelry (I hope I have the name correct, if
not I can check for you), it is a brand new facility and the
facilities are wonderful. This is for bench jewelry and other
courses. There is also Stewart's School of Jewelry (bench courses),
about 2 1/2 drive north of Miami.
There is the gem & lapidary guild which meets in the Fort Lauderdale
area at the Graves museum in Dania, FL; also a gem and mineral
society that meets at the Miami Museum of Science,
The Boca Raton Museum of Art (further north than Miami) offers
jewelry classes in fabrication, PMC, and enameling.
There are several jewelry organizations: The Florida Society of
Goldsmiths (southeast chapter) is a very active organization that
offers many specialty classes and workshops. They usually use the
facilities at FIU. There are also regularly scheduled meetings which
feature different speakers. They alternate general meetings from Ft.
Lauderdale to Miami. There are workshops held twice a year (5 day
programs). One is in New Smyrna Beach, FL (near Daytona) the other
is Wildacres North Carolina (near Asheville). This year there is a
special program in Wildacres North Carolina which features Alan
Revere Academy East. It is at the end of October.
The Women in the Visual Arts, meets once a month at various
facilities in Boca Raton. The membership is juried for art. There is
also a small jewelry group, that also meets once a month for jewelry
demonstrations by other members.
There is the enamel guild of Palm Beach, located in Palm Beach (still
further north than Boca Raton) and they have meetings about every
other week. There is also Enamel Guild South. (in Miami) and I
would have inquire about their meeting schedule.
There is a lot more going on with many shows and exhibits. There is
a jewelry district in downtown Miami with many retail stores and
wholesale vendors. Both Women in the Visual Arts and Florida Society
of Goldsmiths do shows during the year.
Hope this helps. There may be lots more going on, I am always
interested in hearing about other activities. Beth Katz