Jolynn Santiago is an artist and contemporary jeweler who currently lives and works in Kingston, NY. Her work is a collection of lines—illustrations of gesture that emphasize the connection between thoughts and the hand. Jolynn’s acute observations of materials, objects, and processes are central to her practice. Her ephemeral objects are sensitive, poetic reflections—timestamps that illustrate language and evoke memory.
Born in Ohio, Jolynn received a BFA in Jewelry | Metal from Kent State University. She is an educator who focuses on traditional metal techniques—with an emphasis in materiality and conceptual growth. The enthusiasm of her students invigorates her practice.
Among her many awards, Jolynn recently received the Master of Fine Arts Scholarship, and the Research and Creative Project Award from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2018, she was invited to participate in Pentaculum, a one week residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and she was awarded the Penland Summer Scholarship. In the summer of 2018, Jolynn was selected to assist Lynn Batchelder in a workshop at Arrowmont. Metal | Paper | Print was a one week workshop that integrated drawing, intaglio, and various jewelry processes and techniques.
Jolynn exhibits nationally and her work has been featured in several publications including: “On Offer,” form N°, and Klimt02. She is a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz, and is currently an Instructor of Record in the Metal Department. Jolynn will be graduating in the spring of 2019.