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Lectures - Society of North American Goldsmiths



Since 2001, SNAG has sponsored lectures at the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA). We bring some of the most interesting contemporary jewelers and metalsmiths into the public eye. All lectures are free to SOFA attendees. See for more information.


Upcoming SNAG-Sponsored Lectures at SOFA Chicago

SNAG-Anne-Sophie-ValleeSNAG Emerging Artists 2017
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 8:30-9:30am
Three exceptional emerging artists, Kat Cole, Motoko Furuhashi and Anne-Sophie Vallée (at right), will each speak about the development of the innovative jewelry they create.

Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 9:30 – 10:30am
SNAG-genesis-Wendy-McAllisterJewelry artists Ezra Satok-Wolman and Wendy McAllister (at right) will each present a lecture about their work and collaborative exhibition project Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses. From a simple flower to complex fractals, the lectures will explore how both artists draw inspiration from the geometry of the natural world, and the vastly different ways in which they interpret it.

CAST: A New Book and the SOFA Artists It Features
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 10:30 -11:30am
SNAG-cast-book-coverCAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renèe Zettle-Sterling is a new book that shines a light on the under-appreciated art of casting from the Bronze Age until today. This lecture will focus on SOFA artists who are featured in the book and who use casting in a variety of ways with incredible and varied outcomes. There will be a book signing with the authors following the lecture.

Also of Interest

Jessica Calderwood: Working Through Material
Calderwood, head of jewelry and metalsmithing at Ball State University, will talk about how her autobiographically based jewelry and sculptural compositions always start with metal; she then incorporates other craft-related materials such as porcelain, enamel, and fiber to reference historical antecedents.

Turning a Full CircleAAW-Hayley-Smith-Mesquite-Wallpiece
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm
From its inception as an artist led organization, the American Association of Woodturners has been dedicated to the open sharing, collaboration and communication of ideas, techniques, and opportunities. In this panel, moderator Gwynne Rukenbrod, Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, will bring her experience with craft organizations to a discussion of how the AAW’s uniquely broad spectrum approach to membership has cultivated new talent and sparked creativity, as well as played a role in rapid advances in techniques and technology. Presented by the American Association of Woodturners in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit “MATERIAL EVIDENCE.” (at right: Hayley Smith)

Janis-Kerman-Option-NoelReminiscence: A 45 Year Journey in the World of Contemporary Jewelry
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm
Jewelry artist Janis Kerman will discuss her journey through the contemporary jewelry world. Kerman’s work is based on geometric shapes – their inherent strength, applicability, and timelessness. Following the lecture will be a signing of her recent book, Reminiscence: A 45 Year Journey in the World of Contemporary Jewelry at the Option Art booth. Presented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h and Option Art.

David-Huang-luminosity-Kirsten-MuensterLuminous Vessels: An Ongoing Exploration of Form, Design and Color
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm
In this lecture, artist David Huang will consider his exploration of form, design and patina as his body of work has developed over the years. Huang’s metal vessels showcase skilled craftsmanship and explore the physicality of the material world. Presented by Kirsten Muenster Projects.

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Past Lectures

SNAG Emerging Artists 2016
Tara Locklear, Jin Seo and Aurélie Guillaume
SOFA Chicago Nov 2016

Using Language as an Inspiration for Jewelry
Jonathan Boyd
SOFA Chicago Nov 2016

Breaking New Ground
Rebecca Hannon
SOFA Chicago Nov 2016

SNAG Emerging Artists 2015
Lynn Batchelder, Sooyeon Kim and Laura Wood
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

Drawing and Making
Jamie Bennett
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

Things that Make my Heart Beat Faster
Donald Friedlich
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

Other Fancy Stuff
Jeweler John Iversen and art historian Toni Greenbaum
SOFA Chicago Nov 2015

SNAG Emerging Artists 2014
Steven Gordon Holman, Lauren Tickle and Demitra Thomloudis
SOFA Chicago Nov 2014

Carrying Devices and Other Absurdities
Sigurd Bronger
SOFA Chicago Nov 2014

Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Donna Schneier, Bruce Metcalf, Kiff Slemmons and Don Friedlich
SOFA Chicago Nov 2014

SNAG Emerging Artists 2013
Dukno Yoon, Heather Bayless, and Yong Joo Kim
SOFA Chicago Nov 2013

Time is the Creator if it's Given a Chance
Daniel Pošta and Zdenek Vacĕk
SOFA Chicago Nov 2013

Living with Silver in the 21st Century
Rob and Jaap Thalen
SOFA Chicago Nov 2013

Gothic: Jewelry on the Edge
Marjorie Simon
SOFA Chicago Nov 2012

Killer Jewels
Paul McClure
SOFA Chicago Nov 2012

SNAG Emerging Artists
Heejin Hwang, Andrew Kuebeck, and Emanuela Duca
SOFA Chicago Nov 2012

Allusion, Motif and Identity in Silver
Marian Hosking
SOFA Chicago May 2012

The Transcendent Jewelry of Margaret de Patta: Vision in Motion
Ursula Ilse-Neuman
SOFA New York Apr 2012

Thinking Organically In a Digital Age
Doug Bucci
SOFA Chicago Nov 2011

Venus Adorned
Bruce Metcalf
SOFA Chicago Nov 2011

Two Visions
Sergey Jivetin and Jennifer Trask
SOFA New York Apr 2011

For People Who are Slightly Mad: American Modernist Jewelry
Panel Discussion
SOFA New York Apr 2011

Peering over the Palace Wall: The Neo-Palatial Aesthetic in Contemporary Art
Garth Clark
SOFA Chicago Nov 2010

A Wider World: Handmade and Fair Trade
Peggy Eng
SOFA Chicago Nov 2010

Holding Objects: What it Means to Wear Jewelry - The Psychoanalytic Mechanisms
Rock Hushka
SOFA New York Apr 2010

Jewelry Design: Surface in Depth
Stefano Marchette
SOFA New York Apr 2010

Simplicity, Intensity and Jewelry
Mirjam Hiller
SOFA Chicago Nov 2009

Stories from the Crystal Palace
Barbara Seidenath
SOFA Chicago Nov 2009

Allusion, Motif and Identity in Silver
Marian Hosking
SOFA New York Apr 2009

The Philanthropy of Craft: Innovative Ways to Make Your Charitable Contributions Count
Panel Discussion
SOFA Chicago Nov 2008

Why I Do What I Do
Karen Pontoppidan
SOFA New York Apr 2009

Jewelry Development
Anya Kivarkis, Suzie Ganch, and Sayumi Yokouchi
SOFA Chicago Nov 2007

Framing the Art of Jewelry
Suzanne Ramljak
SOFA Chicago Nov 2007

Exploration of Large Scale Jewelry and Scultpture
Marjorie Schick
SOFA Chicago Nov 2007

Re:Pair & Imperfection
Kiff Slemmons
SOFA New York Jun 2007

Development of Photo-etched Imagery
Bettina Speckner
SOFA Chicago Nov 2006

Naturalistically Inspired Hollowware and Jewelry Development
Sue Amendolara
SOFA Chicago Nov 2006

Aesthetic and Technical Developments
David Watkins
SOFA New York Jun 2006

Flatware: Function + Fantasy
Rosanne Raab
SOFA Chicago Oct 2005

On Jjoum-Ipsa: the Traditional Korean Damascene Technique
Jung Sil Hong
SOFA New York Jun 2005