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Kean University


MFA in Metals, SUNY, The College at New Paltz, NY
BFA Fine Art, The Cooper Union, School of Art,  New York City


Prof. Jennifer Crupi is a metalsmith who creates jewelry and interactive objects inspired by body language, posture, and gesture.  Her creative works push the boundaries of what is typically considered jewelry, addressing the ways we communicate with each other visually. Entirely handcrafted of sterling silver, these one-of-a-kind interactive objects become instruments for gestural behavior. Prof. Crupi  has been an exhibiting artist for the past 27 years and her work has been shown in over one hundred national and international exhibitions—including exhibits at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany, and The Jewelry Museum, Vicenza, Italy. Jennifer was the recipient of two New Jersey State Council of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (2012 and 2005) and a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2010. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Metalsmith Magazine, Vogue Italia, and the books: 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, Humor in Craft, among others. Jennifer’s work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, OR and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY.  To view her work please visit:

Selected Exhibitions

2019-20 - Body Control—Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands.
2019-20 - Gestures—Museum of Communication Berlin and Museum of Communication Frankfurt, Germany.
2018-19 - Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century—Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY.
2016 - 2018 - The Future Room—Jewelry Museum of Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy.
2016-2018 - Connections: Contemporary Craft (permanent collection exhibition)—Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Courses Taught

  • FA 2250 Basic Metalwork and Jewelry
  • FA 3251 Intermediate Metalwork and Jewelry
  • FA 4283 Advanced Metalwork and Jewelry
  • FA 5430-FA 5434 Graduate Metals 1-5
  • FA 5436 Advanced Projects in Metal