In Remembrance: Karen Chesna

September 20, 2023

Karen Chesna

We are saddened to hear that Karen Chesna passed away August 10, 2022. Karen was a SNAG member and was an Online Coordinator for the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

Karen earned her MFA in Sculpture/Metals from the Academy of Art University, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture, with a concentration in Indigenous Art, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She spent many years working in the Anthropology Department of the Field Museum of Natural History and considered this a major influence on her sculptural jewelry, artist books, and small metal-based mixed media sculptures.

Karen lived in Missoula, MT where she owned and operated Glacier Metal Arts Studio Montana and also taught metalsmithing to students of all skill levels.

Read more about Karen’s work at Academy of Art University.


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