SNAG is pleased to announce that the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Sharon Church.
Attuned to the power of adornment and its rituals, Sharon Church creates technically masterful jewels that address endurance and vulnerability. In her work, fragments of the natural world are rendered to address the beauty and impermanence within our own lives. A tireless champion of the potential and value of making, Church has enriched the contemporary practice of metalsmithing by welcoming and mentoring generations of makers to take risks and forge new connections through an ancient practice.
– 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Committee
Sharon Church received a B.S. in 1970 at Skidmore College and an M.F.A. in 1973 at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Church grew up watching her mother doing craft work and wearing jewelry. She was inspired to take some jewelry courses in college. After working for a time as a secretary and making jewelry in the evenings at home, she pursued an M.F.A. at RIT.
She is known for her exquisite carved jewelry, which incorporates materials such as bone and wood. Her work has been included in over 70 exhibitions, represented by over 20 galleries across the United States, and is found in many private and public collections.
Church is now retired from teaching, having received the prestigious James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award. Between 1979 and 2014, she taught at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, formerly the Philadelphia College of Art. She has also been an instructor at Skidmore College, Arrowmont, Penland and Haystack.
Join the Center for Craft and SNAG on February 23, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm, for a reception to welcome Mia Hall as the new Director of Penland School of Crafts. Held at The Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Registration required, free. RSVP requested by February 16.
SNAG is looking for the next Volunteer Recognition Award Brooch design!
Each awardee receives a specially designed brooch as a thank you from SNAG. Every three years SNAG looks for a new design from a school/group of students. The first design (2015) was created by Ross Tanner and Grand Valley State University. We thank them for this first amazing design.
SNAG is now looking for a new design for the next three years. Any group of students and/or school are eligible to submit a design (drawing/CAD/3D model) for the next three awardees starting in 2018. There is a stipend of $1,200 (total) for the three brooches and a free one year organizational membership for the winning school.
Please submit your design proposals to Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by March 9, 2018.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.
Register now for SNAG’s 47th annual conference, MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage, May 23-26 in Portland, Oregon. Take a look at all that we have to offer, we hope to see you there!
The fourth juried member exhibition in the WE ARE SNAG series.
History has inspired artists for thousands of years. Rather than simply borrow imagery from the past, this exhibition asked artists to engage deeply with historical appropriation. Juried by Michael Dale Bernard (UW-Milwaukee) and Emily Stoehrer (MFA Boston).