- State College Area School District
- Distinguished Alumni
2011 Distinguished Alumna- Jean Reist Stark D'Andrea (Click here for profile)
Jean Reist Stark D’Andrea is a nationally recognized artist who has mastered several ancient and complex jewelry arts. After attending Penn State, she studied contemporary jewelry at Fashion Institute of Technology, plique-a-jour enameling at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, and chasing and repoussé at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. She has also received private lessons from German master goldsmith Hans Hoerstebrock.
In 1972, she co-founded Kulicke-Stark School of Jewelry Art, the first American school to teach skills of classical jewelry design, serving there as an instructor as well as at Parsons, Revere Academy, Wild Acres Retreat, and various workshops for many schools and groups around the country.
Considered to be a major force in the rediscovery of ancient Goldsmithing techniques, she co-authored and illustrated Classical Loop-in-Loop Chains. The book, published in multiple printings, has been extolled as "a landmark contribution to the field."
Nicknamed "the guru of granulation" by Lapidary Journal, she was also recognized by Ornament magazine as being a "brilliant practitioner of a trio of extraordinary processes: granulation, cloisonné enameling, and loop-in-loop chain making."
Her work has been exhibited by Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY, NY), Walters Museum (Baltimore, MD), Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC), Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA), and numerous other galleries.
In 2007, Jean Reist Stark D’Andrea was inducted into the National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame.