In November 1968, Philip Morton held a meeting in Chicago, attended by Robert Ebendorf, Phillip Fike, Hero Kielman, Brent Kington, Stanley Lechtzin, Kurt Matzdorf, Ronald Pearson, and Olaf Skoogfors. Out of this meeting came two clear goals: to create an organization of “designer craftsmen in the metal arts field” and to produce a conference of professional jewelers. In 1969 a larger group met two more times, establishing the basic parameters of the organization, its name, and plans for the first SNAG conference in 1970.
The First Meeting
SNAG has come so far since 1969. From that first meeting of 9 goldsmiths and silversmiths, to our current membership. Back then SNAG had 64 original members, and now we have more than 3,000 studio artists, educators, students and others working in all metals, alternative materials, and all aspects of contemporary art, design, jewelry and metalsmithing.
The First Conference
The first SNAG conference took place in St. Paul, MN in 1970, and approximately 100 people attended. Now we routinely enjoy 750 members at the annual conference, thirsty for the inspiration and regeneration they know we’ll deliver every year.
The First Publication
SNAG’s very first publication, SNAG News, was published in 1975. The first issue of Golddust mailed in 1976, the Goldsmiths Journal followed in 1977, and it evolved into Metalsmith, launched in fall 1980. It is a sign of the times that SNAG News is now all-digital and all four-color. In January 2009 we celebrated the bold and freshly redesigned Metalsmith from world-renowned Luke Hayman of Pentagram, one of the most respected designers in the magazine field today.
SNAG has far exceeded its original vision. We have educated and energized a further two generations in the metals community. You know that SNAG’s commitment to the field has never waned and we promise you it never will. We will continue to evolve to remain vibrant.