Current Faculty

Main Faculty

Lucia Massei

Lucia Massei Founder, Director and Teacher in the BFA1 and MFA2


She studied jewellery and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and achieved meaningful experiences as a freelance designer in the fields of classic jewellery and fashion accessories. In 1998 she co-founded Alchimia together with Doris Maninger.

As a jewellery artist, she had exhibit her work in galleries of contemporary art and design in international contexts.

Believing in the potential of every individual, and the power of Art, Massei as acting director of Alchimia, has been supporting students and staff in exploring and strengthening their creativity, encouraging their self-expression, providing them with the right space and environment, as well as guiding them towards new possibilities and directions throughout their carrier through her courses.

Sana Khalil

Sana Khalil Assistant Director and Teacher in the BFA2 and MFA1


Born in Lebanon, Graduate of the American University of Beirut with a Degree in Landscape Architecture. With an Interest in academics, she worked as an Assistant for various professors as well as a consultant for the Faculty in Beirut.

Curiosity for exploring new dimensions drove her to the field of Contemporary jewellery, where she received her MFA in Contemporary Jewellery and Body Ornaments, while assisting director, Doris Maninger. Khalil has acquired prestigious award, and participated in various international exhibitions.

Currently living in Florence, she is the acting Assistant Director, BFA Coordinator and Teacher.

Lucy Sarneel

Lucy Sarneel Tutor for the MFA2

She lives and works in Amsterdam as jewellery artist.
She has studied the basic jewellery techniques at the Stadsacademie Maastricht and continued her study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where she graduated in 1989 and worked as a teacher several years until recently. Sarneel has exhibited in major international exhibitions and her work is internationally recognized in private and public collections. Since many years she also works as a teacher and mentor, delivering lectures and workshops internationally. Her work refers to culture and time.Creating fields of tension in form, idea and material, she uses familiar symbols as well as forms relating to forgotten traditions, proverbs, popular motifs and themes from folklore. The visual language of her jewellery is associative, often sculptural and inviting to freely experience thoughts and feelings. She is considered one of the most influential and inspirational artists working in jewellery today.
Evert Nijland

Evert Nijland Tutor In the MFA program

1971 born in Oldenzaal, lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Evert Nijland studied both Fine Arts and Jewelry at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and graduated at the Jewelry Department in 1995.
He subsequently studied at the Sandberg Institute, the Master program of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy where he graduated in 1997.
Nijland has participated in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions and his work is represented in international private and public collections. Since 2002 he has lectured at numerous international institutes.
The work of Evert Nijland is strongly related to tradition and history.
His jewelry refers to images and themes out of Western Art History, in particular the complex visual language of the ornament. He is doing research on the contemporary meaning of classical concepts such as decoration and beauty. In his work he interprets and translates the historical material into his own, 21st century context.
Riccardo Lami

Riccardo Lami Teacher of history of contemporary Art and cultural analysis


An art historian, curator, and educator, he has worked since 2009 at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence as coordinator of contemporary art exhibits at the Strozzina Center for Contemporary Culture, and since 2014 he has been the Brand Manager of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation. His graduate studies were focused on European curatorial practices in the sixties and seventies, the relationship between art and technology, and American artistic research in the field of environmental and site-specific art. As curator of exhibits and art installations, he has worked on projects like Cheryl@PalazzoStrozzi (2015), Palazzo Strozzi Contemporary (2014-2015), and Questioni di Famiglia (Family Matters) (2014). As the author of numerous essays and articles and coordinator for monographs and exhibition catalogs, he has collaborated with institutions, museums, and Italian and international universities, such as Manifesta, “The Screen of Art” Film Festival, Washington University in Florence, the MAMBO in Bologna, and the Museo Pecci in Prato.

Benjamin Lignel

Benjamin Lignel Teacher of creative writing and Curating

Benjamin Lignel is an artist, writer and curator. He is a co-founder of la garantie, association pour le bijou, a French association with a mission to study and promote jewellery. In this capacity, he co-curated “Also known as jewellery”, a exhibition of French contemporary jewellery that traveled seven cities, and helped program and organise the 44th Zimmerhof symposium (2012) in Germany as well as “Bijou(x). Les Pratiques contemporaine à l’épreuve de leur discours” (2014) a two-day symposium hosted by the Paris College of Art, in Paris. in 2014, he organised Différence et Répétition, a research-by-exhibition project that was shown in Norway and France. He became a member of Think Tank. A European Initiative for the Applied Arts, in 2009, and was appointed editor of Art Jewelry Forum in january 2013. He has just edited a third book under AJF’s imprint, dedicated to jewellery in the wider cultural realm, titled On and Off. Ben conducts workshops extensively on writing, curating and jewelry, and is a guest teacher at the Nürnberg Academy of Fine Arts since 2013.

Visiting professors: 2019- 2020


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