Our Artists / Loraine Cooley
Loraine Cooley
Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Art and Design
School for American Crafts, Metals and Jewelry Design, BFA 1978

Loraine Cooley is an artist, jeweler and teacher. Encouraged by her parents, she collected a variety of objects and transformed them into all kinds of art. Her father, an engineer and self-taught artist, showed her the basics of jewelry making. Working with metals became a passion and Loraine attended RIT and earned a BFA in Metals and Jewelry Design from the School of American Crafts. She later embarked on a six-month journey around the world. That rich and diverse cultural experience informs and inspires her designs to this day. 

As an instructor at the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery, Loraine shares her metals expertise with others. Her work has been shown nationally including a one-woman show, "Intimate Sculpture" at the Dyer Arts Center at RIT. Her jewelry has been chosen for inclusion in several "Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibitions" at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Her work has been published in The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry by Joanne Gollberg.