Seth Papac

Seth Papac

Co-President, Board of Directors

Seth Papac’s trifurcated practice involves teaching and mentoring students; researching and producing conceptual one-of-a-kind jewelry; and owning and operating a limited production jewelry company, Seth Papac Jewelry. Before joining the faculty at RISD as a Visiting Assistant Professor, he served as Department Head of Metal at The Oregon College of Art and Craft and previously taught full-time at San Diego State University.

What's one song you have completely memorized?

I have an infinite number of songs memorized, but my favorite song of all time that I know by heart is Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.

What is something—big or small—you are really good at?

Sports, specifically tennis and softball

What is your favorite quotation of all time?

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” - James Baldwin

Who are your biggest professional or personal influences?

I am not who I am without my mother, Kathy Papac. She is a singular being in this world. I have also been honored to be mentored by incredible women throughout my educational and professional life. Maria Phillips, Iris Eichenberg, Lori Talcott, and Tracy Steepy are phenomenal women!
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