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In Remembrance: Chuck Evans

Chuck EvansChuck Evans passed away July 31, 2015 at the age of 75. Evans was an artist whose works, technical innovations, writings and teaching have made lasting contributions to metalsmithing and the American Arts. He was introduced to metals through his friend David Pimentel and learned design and technique while studying under Hans Christensen and Albert Paley at the School of American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1969-1972.

After earning his MFA, he taught at Bowling Green State University for six years before moving to Iowa in 1978 to open the metals program for Iowa State University’s College of Design, where he was Professor of Jewelry and Metals from 1978 through 2001. Jewelry_Chuck EvansHis artwork spanned 30+ years and has been shown in 200+ exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.  He authored the textbook  Jewelry: Contemporary Design and Technique, 1983, and contributed to many books and professional publications over the course of his life.

A true purist, Chuck held individual expression above all and shunned labels with great vigor.  Some of the noted artists with whom he interacted included Heikke Seppa, Philip Fike, John Marshall, Fred Fenster, Ronald Pearson, Richard Thomas, Eleanor Moty, Alma Eikerman, Dominick Labino, Wendell Castle, Peter Voulkos, Frans Wildenhain and Philip Morton.


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In Remembrance: June Schwarcz

June SchwarczJune Schwarcz died at her home in Sausalito, CA on August 2, 2015. She was 97. Schwarcz was among the most innovative and highly respected artists working in the late 20th-century enamels field. Best known for her electroformed metal sculpture, embellished with rich enamel color, she produced an extensive body of work which, while referring to time-honored vessel making traditions, defy convention.

Recognized early on for her innovative approach to the medium, she was included in 1956 in Craftsmanship in a Changing World, the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York (now the Museum of Arts and Design); that museum’s 1959 exhibition Enamels; and the traveling exhibition Objects: U.S.A. in 1969. She was designated a California Living Treasure in 1985.

 

June Schwarcz vesselShe was a founding member of the Northern California Enamels Guild, a member of the Enamelist Society where in 1991 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 she was given the Masters of the Medium Award by the James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Schwarcz was also a long-time member of SNAG.

In 2009 her work was featured in Transformed by Fire: June Schwarcz Enameled Vessels at the Mingei Museum, San Diego.

Examples of her work are in the collections of numerous institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and many others.

These are just some of June Schwarcz’s accomplishments. Much more about her can be found in the obituary published in the San Francisco Chronicle.  Also see Mike Holmes’ article on the Art Jewelry Forum website.

 

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


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Changes in leadership at several crafts organizations fill the news in this week’s post. See who is now directing Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Art Jewelry Forum, Ethical Metalsmiths, and Haystack.

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Exhibition in Print at CCCD

Metalsmith EiP 2015On view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC through August 22 is a collection of work from SNAG’s annual Exhibition in Print: “Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction,” guest-curated by Wendy Steiner. The exhibition includes a diverse range of works that invite interaction or empathy, and help viewers to discover beauty in the process of engagement. The Exhibition in Print issue of Metalsmith will be delivered to mailboxes late-August/early September. (at right: Avery Lucas, “Hand Made Tray”)

Participating Artists: Avery Lucas, Patricia Sullivan, Jeff McGee, Leah Hardy, Yael Friedman, Olivia Shih, Jennifer Crupi, Karen Lauseng, Brian Weissman, Tom Muir, Gabriel Craig, Evin Dubois, Hsiao-Ai Wang, Jill Bonovitz, Nash Quinn, Lauren Selden, Kathleen Janvier, Sophia Park, Nick Dong, Jayden Moore, and Lorre Hoffman.

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(above top left: Brian Weissman; top right: Leah Hardy; bottom left: Sophia Park; bottom right: Nick Dong)


Also at CCCD…

SNAG is supporting Spaces of Production this summer at CCCD. It is a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement.

Nick DongThe Mend-Smith Project is being presented through August 22 by Nick Dong, a conceptual metalsmith from Oakland, CA. The Mend-Smith Project explores the social responsibility of the jeweler to create new symbolic meaning through objects that have come to represent the loss of a loved one.

During the project period, free Mend-Smith consultations will be made available to those who have lost a loved one. The starting point will be a small symbolic or sentimental jewelry object. Working collaboratively with the client, Dong will use the stories and memories told about the relationship to guide the final design of the transformed piece. The final product is offered to the client in exchange for permission of their story to be documented in the greater catalog of Mend-Smith objects. Dong will be working in the gallery so visitors may watch the work as it unfolds. Reservations are required for consultations, contact Grace Reff.

An artist talk with Nick Dong is scheduled for August 13, 6:00 p.m. Learn more about his work addressing such topics as materialism and human interaction.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.

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