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SNAG Conference Update – June 2012 - Society of North American Goldsmiths


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SNAG Conference Update – June 2012

SNAG 2012
At the time of this news posting, the SNAG conference had just ended on May 26. We will give a conference report and thank everyone involved by name soon. In the meantime, check out the digital color copy of the conference program book online.


Were You There?
If you attended the SNAG conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale and took photos, then SNAG wants your best ones!  For our website, online slideshows, and/or future conference marketing. Email Ellen Laing <> to find out how to submit your photographs.


We Need Your Feedback
If you attended the Heat is On conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale, you will have just received a 10-minute online survey to tell us about your experiences while they’re still fresh. Your comments, both the good and the not so good, and your great ideas for future conferences are very important to SNAG! Please complete your survey as soon as you get it, before you unwind and memories fade.

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
SNAG bestowed its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on J. Fred Woell for a lifetime of exceptional service and achievement in art and education that spans 50+ years. The award ceremony took place at the SNAG conference, with Woell giving a short presentation of his life and work, and the conference was also dedicated to him. Read more about Woell and watch for the piece about him in Metalsmith later this year.

Conference Student Scholarships Awarded
This year SNAG awarded 35 conference student scholarships for the Phoenix/Scottsdale conference in May, thanks to the amazing generosity of Todd Reed, Jewelers Mutual Insurance, Barbara Heinrich, The Metal Museum, Carissa Hussong, Jane Bohan, Kathleen Browne, Susan Hamlet, Helen Shirk and many other individuals. These 35 students represent 35 different schools, including community colleges and independent programs, with each scholarship covering the full $350 registration to the conference. Thank you to Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, the volunteer coordinator of our Conference Students Scholarships.


Future Conference Sites

2013 Toronto, Canada, May 15-18 at Fairmont Royal York hotel

Hosted by: GeorgeBrownCollegeand Harbourfront centre

Co-Chairs: Melanie Egan and Paul McClure

The conference theme, “Meta-Mosaic,” celebrates diverse activity in jewelry and metalsmithing in the 21st century.Toronto is a mosaic of peoples and cultures as well as the center of the country’s jewelry industry. This exciting conference engages the multiple industries within our field; examines our fluid identity within art, craft and design; and inspires us to embrace our collective mosaic.

Don’t get stuck at the border – renew or order your passports today and get ready for a fabulous, jammed-packed, Canadian SNAG conference!


2014 – Minneapolis, MN, April 23-26 at Hilton Minneapolis hotel

Co-Chairs: Emily C. Johnson, Britta Kauppila and Dominique Bereiter

“From Grains to Gold” – Once known as the “flour milling Capital of the world,”Minneapolisartists, crafts-people, musicians, designers, and performers have taken over the long forgotten grain warehouses and industrial buildings. Now a bustling urban center for creative culture,Minneapoliswill serve as the backdrop for the 2014 conference to explore the relationship between the maker and the materials at a time when the materials and techniques are rapidly changing, and delve into what it means to be “hand-made” in the 21st century. After the demise ofAmerica’s traditional industries, a shift in social consciousness has emerged from the excesses and dehumanization of the global market, leading to the resurgence of people buying locally made objects and supporting their communities. “From Grains to Gold” will explore the growing trend of consumer’s desire for the “hand-made” and what that means for artists today.

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