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My work is motivated by my struggles to cope with the absurdity of my own existence.

I am currently investigating the essential property of our personal identity through ephemerality, memories, and the similarities between man and machine.  Using the body as object and context, I use humor and absurdity to ease the burden of my realizations, and allow my creations to be enjoyed simply through comedy for visual allure.  I offer these social disturbances as mementos of the idea that it is impossible for the evidence-based understanding of ourselves to ever merge into the realm of the ethereal, but as it chips away at what we are not, a more thoughtful image of what kind of thing we are might start to emerge.  I suggest we give our ethereal selves too much credit, and that even the ever-shrinking magic of who, or what we are is still enough to intoxicate us.

Marilyn was born and raised in California.  After dropping out of college several times, living on a farm, joining (and leaving) a traveling circus, she stumbled upon a metalsmithing class at Sacramento State University.  She has a BA in Applied Mathematics and in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from CSUS, and an MFA in Studio Arts from Syracuse University.  She is currently a cheerleader for the student run JAM Club on campus, has two beautiful dogs and a pretty good-looking husband, and runs the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program at Syracuse University.

Marilyn Koch

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Work Experience

Classes Taught:

Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Intermediate Metals

Experimental Materials

Surface Techniques

Jewelry Production

Stones + Stonesetting

History of Jewelry and Metalsmithing (F20)

Casting (F20)


         Adjunct Instructor

Fall 2016 - Present

Syracuse University, Syracuse NY


Program Coordinator

Fall 2018 - Present

Syracuse University, Syracuse NY


Everson Museum Instructor

Summer 2018 – Summer 2019

Everson Museum, Syracuse NY


Owner at MYK Jewelry

Summer 2018 - Present


Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development Inc. Visiting Instructor

Summer 2016

Syracuse, NY


SU JAM Studio Tech

2015 - 2017

Syracuse University, Syracuse NY





Syracuse University (SU)

2018    MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing



  • 2019 Soil, Seattle, WA
  • 2019 Jewelry + Anatomy, TinCaL Lab, Portugal
  • 2019 Exhibition in Motion, SNAG Runway Show, Chicago, IL
  • 2018 Here Today, Exhibition
  • 2018 Hiding in Plain Sight MFA Thesis Ehibition, Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse, NY
  • 2018 Hiding in Plain Sight, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017 Milling, Shoppingtown Mall, Syracuse, NY
  • 2017 Comfort Zone, Random Access Gallery, Syracuse, NY
  • 2017 Waiting For The Floors to Dry Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 Axis, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 Meet Your Critics, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 Cheeky Cheeky Cheeky, Apostrophe’S Gallery, Syracuse, NY
  • 2016 Fair Exchange, Leeds College of Art, West Yorkshire, England
  • 2016 Dry Sweat, Smith Hall, Syracuse University, NY
  • 2016  Future Fear, Michael Sickler Gallery, Syracuse, NY


  • 2019 $1000 Adjuncts United Professional Development Grant
  • 2018  Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference Scholarship
  • 2018 $1250 Adjuncts United Professional Development Grant
  • 2017 Spring Berlin Artist Residency, Syracuse University
  • 2016 $500 Syracuse University Creative Opportunity Grant
  • 2016 $400 Syracuse University Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Grant


  • F19’ Syracuse University Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS)  Lecturer
  • Su 19’ Faculty Advisor to Student Research Grant
  • F18’-p Advisor to JAM Club at Syracuse University
  • 2018 Published in JaMS Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey Magazine Vol. 2
  • 2018 Lead curatorial committee member for 2018 Syracuse University                                                   MFA Thesis Exhibition
  • 2017 President, Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Student Organization
  • 2017 Member of SNAG
  • 2016 Executive Board Member, Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Student Organization
  • 2016 Propmaster for international short film ‘Writers Block’ by Alex Mendez

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.