The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has acquired Jewelry alumna Casey Sobel’s Domina Collar for its permanent collection. The neckpiece is part of Sobel’s senior thesis collection and was included in the 2015 edition of LOOT: MAD about Jewelry, the Museum’s 15th annual juried sale and exhibition held last fall. Domina Collar is the only piece from LOOT 2015 to be acquired by the Museum, which has a tradition of making acquisitions from LOOT artists.

Domina Collar was created for Sobel's thesis collection STATERA, which uses clean, geometric forms and hollow form construction techniques to create sculptural jewelry that is light in weight and easy to wear. The androgynous nature of her work allows Sobel to focus on idea of the body as a sculptural site and highlight the beauty of form.

“Having my work acquired by the Museum of Arts and Design has been an unfathomable honor,” said Sobel. “Creating this piece at Pratt as part of my thesis collection was an illuminating experience, one that I could not have had without the support of the Pratt Jewelry Department, and Patricia Madeja especially,” she added, referring to Fine Arts Professor Madeja, who is the coordinator of Pratt’s jewelry program.

LOOT 2015 marked the fourth year that Pratt students have participated in the event, which showcases unique artist-made jewelry and offers the public the rare chance to acquire pieces on-site from some of today’s most innovative jewelry artists. The show featured 55 artists from 21 countries.

Image: Casey Sobel (B.F.A. Jewelry ’15), Domina Collar (photo by Nicole Neenan)