Stephen Saracino

Artist Statement

The subject matter of my work is narrative in disposition, and my ideation extends from personal responses to my own political views, and to areas relating to cultural iconography. The Columbine Survival Bracelet was created in response to the insane actions of two students who terrorized their school, killing many and psychologically wounding many more for the remainder of their lives. After watching Bowling for Columbine and hearing a NRA representative suggest that if everyone had been “armed” that day, the outcome would have been different, I wanted to create a bracelet as an expressive symbol of protection for students in the event that a similar episode occur. 

Stephen Saracino is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.



Lives: Buffalo, NY



M.F.A., Metalsmithing, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 1984


Selected Exhibitions



Craft Art Western New York 2013. Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY


Humor in Craft. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ


An Overabundance of Detail, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Counterflux: Defensive Ornament, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

Torch Song, Arts Center Gallery Nazareth College, Rochester, NY



Extraordinary Forms: 40 Years of Craft Media, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY



Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penny Museum, Buffalo, NY

Jewelry In Motion, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA



…of lineage & legacy: visual conversations in jewelry and metalworks, Hall Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA


Selected Awards

2005, 2001 Fellowship in Crafts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY