Tom Muir

Distinguished Artist Professor, Bowling Green State University
Area Head, Jewelry and Metalsmithing

MFA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Jewelry, 1985
BVA, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, Jewelry, 1982

Courses Taught

Beginning through graduate level jewelry and metals

3D Digital Media

Special Topics

Areas of Research/Artistic Focus

Tom Muir is Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. He is Past-president of the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, was appointed distinguished member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and currently serves on the executive committee of the International Jewellery College Association as the representative of the Americas. Mr. Muir was the recipient of the 1995 Olscamp Research Award at BGSU and his award-winning work has been published extensively and included in more than 500 national and international art, design and craft exhibitions; these include The White House Collection of American Crafts and The Beijing International Craft Biennial. 

Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.

Recent Accomplishments

Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition I, II and III, and Goldsmith 20. He has received numerous grants and awards including individual artist fellowships from the Arts Midwest/NEA, the Ohio Arts Council and the Michigan Council for the Arts. His work is included in many prestigious collections such as the White House Collection of American Crafts, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has received attention in several books and journals such as Metalsmith and American Craft and is an executive member of the International Jewelry College Association as the representative of the Americas.


Faculty member at BGSU since 1991