Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones



   50 W Fall Creek PKWY N Dr., Indianapolis, IN, 46208


1998                               Master of Fine Arts
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Jewelry and Metalsmithing

1995                               Bachelor of Arts
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Jewelry and Metalsmithing


2012-present             Assistant Director of Academic Advising: Fine Arts and Visual Communications

                                          Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Indiana


1998 to 2012               Assistant Professor of Art
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

  • §  Taught all levels of Metals: basic through advanced forming and fabrication of jewelry and metal art objects in historic and contemporary contexts
  • §  Advising:  Academic, Art major and Senior projects

§  Senior Seminar/Senior Capstone: this yearlong senior project in metals focuses on the student developing a cohesive body of work for exhibition during the Senior Art Show: I assist students through this process involving: project proposal, reflective essay, artist’s statement and peer and faculty critiques

Related service

  • §  Ordering and maintaining materials inventory necessary for coursework
  • §  Scheduling teaching assistants for monitored studio hours
  • §  Ordering new equipment, and performing maintenance on existing studio equipment and machinery, as required
  • §  Developing curriculum within the Art Department and Metals emphasis


1998 to 2011               Explore-A-College Instructor
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

Principal duties

  • §  Taught Metalsmithing: The Art of Objects
  • §  Two week intensive for High School students considering Earlham College
  • §  Created a  dynamic and welcoming classroom environment to encourage student exploration of art through applied, written, and oral expression regardless of experience
  • §  Provided advising and feedback on academic and career paths in the Arts


2000 and 2001          E.L.I.I Odessey III Metalsmithing

  • §  Two week intensive course for 1st generation perspective students
  • §  Welcoming and supportive classroom environment to encourage exploration of art through applied, written and oral expression regardless of experience
  • §  Provide advising and feedback on academic and career paths in the Arts





2011 May Term            Traditional Arts of Turkey

I led this 23-day transect of Turkey to study the breadth and vitality of Turkish copperwork, weaving and pottery. Museums, hands-on workshops and home stays gave students a broad historic and contemporary view of these art forms in Turkish culture.

1999 to 2011               August Wilderness (11 times)

Each summer I have led this 21-day interdisciplinary course for incoming students, which explores wilderness travel, natural history, and human history and literature while backpacking or canoeing in pristine wilderness areas.

2002 (spring)               Southwest Field Studies
The American Southwest

Co-led with my wife Linda Jones and Earlham alum James Sterrett this semester-long interdisciplinary off-campus program highlighting issues and relationships of natural history, Native American art, sustainable architecture, and outdoor education in the Southwest, with particular emphasis on how natural history has shaped the indigenous art and architecture of the region.


2005 to 2012               Arts Facility Planning Committee

I have served as the Art Department representative on this committee from its inception through the current rescaling of the project

1999 to 2012               Art Collection Committee

I have served for many years on this committee, the primary concern of which is periodic policy review and development concerning the acquisition, conservation and de-accession of objects in the college art collection

1998 to 2012               Faculty Search Committees

I have served on numerous search committees in both the Art Department and the Wilderness Program (now Center for Environmental Action)


  • §  Indiana Artisans (Juried Membership)
  • §  American Craft Council (Professional Membership)
  • §  Ohio Designer Craftsmen


  • §  Greg Mahler, Academic Dean, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
  • 765-983-1290,
  • §  Susan Hillman, Associate Dean of Admissions, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
  • 765-983-1330,
  • §  Jay Roberts, Associate Professor of Education and Environmental Studies, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
  • 765-983-1327,