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Call for Entries: SNAG Conference Opportunities

Adorned Spaces

Adorned Spaces image 1Call for Applications
Deadline January 11, 2018

The 2018 Portland, Oregon SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to offer a fresh look at the field of contemporary metalsmithing through a multiple-exhibition and sale event called Adorned Spaces. This juried event will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate the innovation of metalsmithing that “engages makers across disciplines. Read more>>>


MADE: 2018 Juried Student Exhibition

Call for Entries
Deadline January 11, 2018
MADE highlights student work that challenges traditional and non-traditional ways of working using new and old materials, techniques, and ideas by the next generation of makers in the metalsmithing and jewelry field. The exhibition will be held onsite at the SNAG conference in Portland, OR, May 23-26, 2018. Read more>>>

 


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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SNAG Hires New Editor for Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech

EmilyZilberSNAG is pleased to announce its new Editor, Emily Zilber. Emily currently serves as the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has served in that position for 7 years. Emily was the Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum before her position at the MFA. Emily has edited and written numerous publications, articles, exhibition texts, including the catalog for Crafted: Objects in Flux (2015), Contemporary Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016), “Craft’s Restless Boundaries” in Crafting A Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft (2013), and “Curator’s Eye: Thomas Gentille,Modern Magazine (Summer 2012).

The Editor position at SNAG recently was reorganized to become a full-time position overseeing the editorial content of the award winning Metalsmith magazine, the launch of a new publication Metalsmith Tech, and the annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS).

Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Emily is a well respected curator with a great history of strong craft focused exhibitions, including the creation of the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, which displayed contemporary craft including works from the Daphne Farago collection of studio jewelry, the integration of craft into the new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA, and Crafted: Objects in Flux, which focused on 40 craft artists, including jewelers and metalsmiths, working at the borders of craft, art, and design. Emily will bring her own voice to these SNAG publications and I am looking forward to seeing what develops under her direction.”

“I am honored to join Metalsmith and the SNAG team, especially at a time of exciting change for the organization. I look forward to growing Metalsmith’s vital voice in a way that serves the diverse SNAG community and warmly welcomes new readers. I am eager to work with SNAG to develop innovative new publications, platforms, and conversation spaces that can shape and engage the field in meaningful ways,” says Emily.

Emily will begin her position on November 27, 2017 as a part-time employee and move into the position full-time April 1, 2018.


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Member Achievements – October 2017

Peter Antor is a 2017-18 Resident Artist at Lillstreet Art Center. Antor received his masters in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016.

Katelyn Butler received a MJSA Education Foundation scholarship. Butler is working toward her masters at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Tanya Crane was featured on the cover of Where Boston in September. The issue included the article “Crafty Boston: The Finest Handmade Art in Town.”

Kaminer Haislip shared her silversmithing process on the INSP television show Handcrafted America on October 27th.

Hannah Oatman is a new resident artist at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Oatman received her BFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2017.

Barbara Mann had two jewelry pieces (one shown at right) in the Red Clay Survey exhibition at Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.

Jennifer Park is expanding her Wear Ever Jewelry to curate the work of about 20 additional craft jewelers. Work will be available both online and in-store by mid-November. A retail location will be opening in “Old Town” Alexandria, Virginia.

Claudio Pino’s Cristalline ring (at right) was worn in movie The Dark Tower, based on the novel by Stephen King.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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In Remembrance: Ron Ho

Ron HoWe regret to announce the passing of Ron Ho on September 7, 2017. Ho was a long-time SNAG member. He was a world-renowned jewelry artist and celebrated teacher. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Tacoma Art Museum. An oral history of Ho’s life is at the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2006, the Bellevue Arts Museum honored Ho by presenting 51 of his pieces in the exhibition and catalog Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room – The Jewelry of Ron Ho.

Among other awards, Northwest Designer Craftsmen named him a Lifetime Award Member in 2006 and in 2007 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Seattle Metals Guild. In 2010 Ho was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council.

Read more about Ho’s life in the Seattle Times.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen are producing a video about Ho for their Living Treasures Project.


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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, New York, NY

Reception and Collectors’ Conversation
November 16, 2017
6:30pm-8:00pm
Opening reception, exhibition viewing, and book signing with collector Susan Grant Lewin and contemporary jewelry scholar Ursula Ilse Neuman, who will discuss works on view. View full event details & purchase tickets.

 

Symposium
November 17, 2017
10:30am-5:00pm
Explore the world of contemporary jewelry design with esteemed scholars and renowned jewelers during this day-long symposium highlighting the exhibition. Hear from: Jamie Bennett, Doug Bucci, Helen Drutt, Iris Eichenberg, Thomas Gentille, Bruce Metcalf, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Lindsay Pollock, and Kiff Slemmons. View full event details & purchase tickets.

Celebrating a major gift of contemporary jewelry from Susan Grant Lewin to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the exhibition features nearly 150 objects by over 100 modern and contemporary jewelry designers and makers from eighteen countries, from the late 1940s to the present. Lewin, a preeminent collector in the field, has acquired many significant and unique pieces during forty-plus years of collecting. These works were chosen as superb examples of the creators’ explorations of ornament and idea, social commentary and communication, and for their innovative use of materials, approaches to design process, and technique.

Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, William P. Short III, in memory of Nancy Jean Fulop Short, Helen W. Drutt English, Kim and Al Eiber and Ornamentum Gallery.

Featured Image: Tiara, Bracelets and X-Form Brooch from the Candy Wear Series (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), 1999-2001; Daniel Jocz (American, b. 1943); Electroformed, assembled and soldered silver covered in electrostatically applied rayon flocking bonded with adhesive; magnets (clasps); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,2016-34-49/51; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution