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Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) has selected five finalists for the 2013 AJF Artist Award for Emerging Artists. One winner will be selected from this short list and announced on September 1. The five finalists are Nhat-Vu Dang, Åsa Elmstam, Melanie Isverding, Sooyeon Kim, and Wen-Maio Yeh.

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Announcements

Dana SingerMany thanks to Dana Singer, who retired from SNAG on August 15th, after 14 years of service as Executive Director. Everyone involved with SNAG would like to sincerely thank Dana for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best.

SNAG is making a short video campaign called “I am SNAG.” It will use videos to draw attention to the value of SNAG and reinvigorate our membership. SNAG members: you can take a photo of yourself holding a sign (something written in Sharpie is fine or get out the crayons and go crazy with it!) The sign should say “I am SNAG” or if you are part of a group, it can say “We are SNAG”; and/or take a very quick (4-8 second, 20 second maximum) video clip of you saying “I am so-and-so and I am SNAG”, the short clips will be edited and compiled into the final product. Deadline: August 22, 2013. Contact Jen Townsend at jen@jentownsend.com for more details.

ForgingIconSmallSNAG’s annual business symposium “Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills for Business Success” will be held October 19, 2013 in San Francisco. Learn more here. Registration closes September 27, 2013.

LAASNAG is seeking nominations for its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient will be honored at the Minneapolis conference in April. This award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Selection of the award recipient is made by a committee of 3 members, and the makeup of the committee changes each year. Any member of SNAG may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees do not have to be SNAG members. Learn more and make a nomination.

By special arrangement, all SNAG members receive a $35 discount off the Craftboston booth fee at both their Spring and Holiday shows. Just indicate on the form that you are a SNAG member. And they will honor the discount even for exhibitors who become SNAG members once they know they’ve been accepted. If you are an exhibiting at Craftboston, be sure you take advantage of this special offer.

R2Slogo250SNAG has announced a new initiative that will roll out this fall called Road2Success. It is our new mentoring program.  Road2Success will connect experienced SNAG members in our field with upcoming and mid-career talent, to pass on their wisdom and experience.  The focus of this program is on business and career skills. Through SNAG you will connect to the right people who can answer your questions about entrepreneurship and business and career development in a variety of industry sectors. We are starting this initiative as a one-year pilot program.  Assuming the project is successful after its initial year, we will then be ready to broaden the scope and number of participants. Learn more and indicate your interest.

Metalsmith magazine’s 2012 Exhibition in Print issue (Gothic Jewelry) was awarded with Silver place in the annual Gold Ink Awards.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, K.M. Paulson Goldsmith Ltd., and Tim Roark Imports.


          TIM ROARK IMPORTS 


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Board Members Speak: Becky McDonah

I first learned about SNAG as an undergraduate and have always considered it a beacon in the field of metalsmithing. It wasn’t until being asked to co-chair the annual conference that I got a chance to see some of the inner workings of the organization. This opened my eyes to the opportunity to get more involved and help support the organization that over the years has brought me numerous opportunities to meet others in the field and continues to feed my enthusiasm through conferences, exhibitions, and other sharing of information to keep me inspired and continuously learning new things.

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2013 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, Gary Griffin

Gary S. Griffin is a practicing metalsmith living and working in El Rito, New Mexico.  Griffin was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1945 and grew up in Southern California and the Southwest.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  He retired after 32 years of post graduate teaching as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1984-2006) and previously at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology (1974-1984).  The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Griffin has exhibited extensively in the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan and Europe.

In 1988, Griffin was an invited participant in the National Ornamental Metal Museum’s exhibition Masters of American Metalsmithing, and his work was chosen for the American Craft Museum’s inaugural exhibition Craft Today:  Poetry of the Physical. Over a two-year period this exhibition was presented at the Denver Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the J. B. Speed Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.  His work was also included in Craft Today USA, an exhibition organized by the American Craft Museum, which toured from 1989 to 1993 through France, Finland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, the former U.S.S.R., Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Sweden and Spain.  His work “Garden Gate” was chosen for the exhibition Art That Works:  The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America.  This exhibition premiered at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina in August, 1990 and toured thirteen additional museums within the United States through 1993.  In the 1995 exhibition, Interventions, Griffin was invited to install a work in the Rivera Court of The Detroit Institute of Arts.  In 1999, he installed his solo exhibition Signs:  Sentimental at New York SOFA with JewelersWerk Galerie.  In the fall, 2001, his work was included in Objects for Use:  Handmade by Design at the American Craft Museum in New York.
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Member Achievements – August 2013

Dan DiCaprio is a visiting artist at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh this month. He is teaching a workshop on Wood Rings & Wire Inlay.

Santa Fe’s Patina Gallery honors master craftsman Gary Griffin, SNAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, with an exhibition of works, models and sketches from a career spanning four decades. Patina is thrilled to offer a selection of Griffin’s works to discriminating collectors. Through August 11.

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds is the first independent designer invited to showcase designs on the runway during the largest fashion show in Ohio — the  Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show on August 2nd.
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