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H21: Handouts from the 21st Century

H21 CoverH21: Handouts from the 21st Century is a collection of handouts and teaching aids dedicated to J. Fred Woell, compiled by SNAG president Nicole Jacquard. H21 has 45 contributing artists and contains 60 handouts from various makers in the field.

This booklet is available only through SNAG. It can be ordered for $56 (price includes shipping); that’s less than a dollar per handout. Proceeds go to SNAG, with a portion to be donated to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in honor of the J. Fred Woell Scholarship. To place an order please call Tara Jecklin at 541-345-5689 (M-F 8:30-12:30 PST). Get your copy now!

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In Remembrance: J. Fred Woell

LAA_Fred_Woell, Eleanor, CindyIt is with sadness that we share the passing of another metalsmith. J. Fred Woell died April 2, 2015 at his home in Deer Isle, Maine. He was 81.

Woell was “known for using political and social commentary in the creation of jewelry,” according to a statement released by The Metal Museum Executive Director Carissa Hussong. “He was renowned for his found object assemblages, reflecting and critiquing the throwaway culture of late 20th century America with his characteristic wry humor.”

J Fred WoellHe taught at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Boston University; Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA; Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, ME; and SUNY/New Paltz, NY. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design, (formerly Contemporary Crafts Museum) NYC; L.A. County Museum of Art, CA; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Houston Art Museum, TX; and the Hermitage State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Woell received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SNAG in 2012, and the Florida National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame award in 2010. He held MFAs from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, University of Wisconsin, and Cranbrook Academy.

Currently a documentary film is being made about Woell. “J. Fred Woell: An American Vision” will be the 17th in a series of films on American artists sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Their half-hour documentary has almost completed production.