Seth Papac’s trifurcated practice involves teaching and mentoring students, researching and producing one-of-a-kind conceptual jewelry and owning and operating Seth Papac Jewelry, an innovative limited production jewelry company. Before joining the faculty at RISD, he served as department head of Metal at The Oregon College of Art and Craft and previously taught full-time at San Diego State University and The University of Oregon. He has also engaged with an international spectrum of students as a visiting artist and critic, notably in Finland and in Colombia as part of En Construcción: Simposio de Joyería Contemporánea.
Papac holds a BFA from the University of Washington and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has received several awards and grants, including the Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work is exhibited and published internationally and is included in numerous permanent collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Cranbrook Art Museum and the Rotasa Foundation.