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SNAG Seeks New Editor for Magazines

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The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is looking for its next Editor to oversee the editorial direction of both Metalsmith magazine and a new publication, Metalsmith Tech magazine, as well as magazine-related content on SNAG’s website.

Metalsmith gives you a front row seat on the world of studio art and design in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. It’s smart, beautiful and provocative, and guaranteed to inspire and invigorate. Coverage spans contemporary makers, artists in their studios, edgy work, limited production jewelry, fashion, objects, hollowware, collectors’ collections, and related content.

Metalsmith explores, analyzes, promotes and documents excellence and innovation in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. Pursuing this goal, SNAG produces and oversees the direction and content of this significant resource for the metalsmithing field. The editorial content of Metalsmith emphasizes contemporary activities, makers, and ideas and incorporate supportive content, relevant critical issues and the exchange of viewpoints. For over 35 years, Metalsmith has brought the best in the field of jewelry and metals to the forefront, and we look forward to the magazine’s future.

Metalsmith Tech will be a new SNAG produced magazine that focuses on techniques, processes, educational philosophies and ideas, professional development topics, and new technology in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. The magazine will include both contemporary and historical references, highlighting a diverse range of approaches to jewelry design and metalwork, including professional practices, creative influences, and new trends.

The Editor position will be a part-time staff position to start November 1, 2017. It becomes full-time April 1, 2018. This position works remotely from his/her/their home. A full job description can be found here.

Interested applicants may send a cover letter detailing their vision for our publications, along with a resume and three professional references to SNAG’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith  by October 15th, 2017.


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Letter from the President – August 2017

Brigitte MartinFirst off and most importantly: if you are getting this message today, that means you are a valued SNAG member and I cannot express enough how happy and grateful our whole Board of Directors and staff are to have you with us! Thank you! Advance warning: This is going to be a longer-than-usual letter. Important changes are currently being made at SNAG and I encourage you to pull up a chair and get informed.

At the board’s last meeting, we looked at one of our major membership benefits: Metalsmith magazine. In our most recent survey, over 46% of you said you joined or belonged to SNAG because you want to receive our magazine; you like its quality and overall effectiveness as a tool to communicate what metals is and can be. Thank you for responding with your interesting and encouraging comments! We read them all. 

We also recognize, however, that every good thing needs to continually evolve and get better; nothing should ever be taken for granted. That means that our wonderful magazine needs to continually evolve and adapt to changing landscapes within the world of jewelry/metalsmithing as well as the publishing world itself. The board has looked at the revenue and subscription number trends as well as growth potential. Many options for change were discussed to keep the magazine what it is and to make it better while remaining profitable.

The board of directors decided to restructure current operations of Metalsmith (but not alter the content focus itself) AND to add a new companion publication, Metalsmith Tech, to our portfolio of membership benefits. Metalsmith Tech will focus on technical processes, educational topics, professional development information, and usage of new tools and supplies — all things you have asked for in past surveys. Starting in 2018, Metalsmith Tech will automatically be sent to all members and subscribers! Be on the look-out for it.

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2017 Halstead Design Challenge Online Exhibition

2017 HDC MementoThe 2017 Halstead Design Challenge “Memento” asked artists to incorporate a photo into a brooch constructed primarily from materials in the Halstead challenge kit. A juried selection from all entries was exhibited at RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery during the SNAG New Orleans conference in May 2017. Seventy-one brooches are now on view in our online exhibition and sale.


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Are you a SNAG Volunteer?

SNAG Volunteer logoSNAG has always been a volunteer-based organization. Because our volunteers do so much for us, we want to do a better job of recognizing and rewarding them. SNAG VOLUNTEERS is a new program to track volunteer hours and to say “Thank You!” for all the hard work you do!

Are you currently a SNAG volunteer or interested in being one? Find all the details here>>>