Jay H. Song

  • LL.B., Hannam University, South Korea, 1992
  • M.F.A., metals and jewelry, Savannah College of Art and Design, 1999

"Teaching is a creative act. Both teaching and artistic practice require determination, creativity and hard work to be successful. As an educator, I am committed to helping students establish personal artistic identities by enabling them to increase their skill levels and aesthetic awareness. When I assist students, to shape and inform them as artists, it brings me the same satisfaction and sense of accomplishment inherent in creating artwork.

"The goal I have for my courses is to create an environment where students acquire a strong technical foundation so that technical shortcomings never hinder the execution of ideas. Secondly, I emphasize the importance of research, sketches and models to better visualize and articulate the ideas. Third, I make students aware of the artist's responsibilities with respect to materials and content. Lastly, I foster a studio atmosphere where open discussion and the free exchange of ideas can occur without intimidation. Having a classroom with a supportive peer group is one of the most valuable assets for students.

"As a teacher, my prime duty is to motivate and challenge students to spark their interest and lead them to find their own vision. I use the metals and jewelry curriculum to unite students' passion and abilities to their future professional livelihood."

Jay H. Song | Chair, jewelry

Awards, recognition and honors

Presidential Fellowship Award, Savannah College of Art and Design; Presidential Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; NICHE Art Educator of the Year nominee, 2006, 2007, 2008


American Crafts Council, Society of North American Goldsmiths

Publications and presentations


  • Visiting artist, Rochester Institute of Technology Solo exhibitions
  • "Spectator," Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee
  • "1761 Degrees: The Melting Point," Trois Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Nineteen Seventy-One Degree," Bausch & Lomb World Headquarters, Rochester, New York
  • "Han," Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
  • "Beyond the Surface," Burgan Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

Group exhibitions

  • "Korean Contemporary Metal and Art Jewelry," KORUS House, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, D.C.
  • "Memphis In May: Contemporary Korean Metalwork," National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
  • "The Story of Silver in Savannah: Creating and Collecting Since the 18th Century," Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia
  • "Wedding Rituals," Tong In Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
  • "New Makers/Fresh Visions," Facere Gallery, Seattle, Washington