Society of North American Goldsmith’s 47th Annual Conference
Call for 2018 Conference Presentation Proposals
MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage
Dates of Conference: May 23rd-26th, 2018
Location: Portland, Oregon
Hotel: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201
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Portland, Oregon, known as “Bridgetown,” sits on the Willamette and Columbia rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It is frequently recognized as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities because of its high walkability, an expansive network of public transportation, a large community of bicyclists, and one of the largest urban forests in the nation, Forest Park. Portland’s vibrant dining scene, which includes farm-to-table restaurants, food carts, microbreweries, and coffeehouses, is one of the most robust in North America. Known for its eccentric but laid-back vibe, the city’s art, theater, and music communities are thriving.
Portland has a powerful entrepreneurial spirit that encourages everyone to engage across all disciplines. From art and design to food and beer, Portland’s MADE community is unique. To celebrate this, the SNAG 2018 Conference theme is MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage.
*If you have presented at the SNAG conference in the last 8 years, you will not be considered. This policy can be found at the bottom of this document in specifics and has been set forth by the SNAG Conference Guidelines.
MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage focuses on materials, art, design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. While celebrating traditional and innovative techniques alike, we seek to engage makers and other creative individuals who push the boundaries of our field with a cross-media sensibility. Portland is a city that has a strong sense of community and is home to entrepreneurs and craftspeople alike. In response to this, we invite makers who work across disciplines to explore the unforeseen directions, inventiveness, and ingenuity within the metalsmithing field.
The Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals under the theme MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage. Presentation topics that focus on materials, art, and design, and interdisciplinary collaboration include, but are not limited to:
- The presenter’s work and practice, with focus on the conference theme
- Techniques and Processes that emphasize the conference theme
- The history and critical theory of jewelry, metalworking and related subjects that focus on the conference theme
- Jewelry and metalsmithing as a professional practice as they relate to the conference theme
- Specific collectors and collections as they relate to the conference theme
- “Design Thinking” approach to the creation of work, curating, or collaborations both in the field of metalsmithing and jewelry or across disciplines
Makers engaging in interdisciplinary pursuits
There are three types of presentations we are seeking:
- Mainstage Presentations: Thematically focused, traditional presentations lasting between 45 minutes and an hour.
- Rapid Fire Presentations: 15-minute, fast-paced, thematic presentations by leaders in the field. They deliver information in a short, but memorable way. Each Rapid Fire session will feature three presentations grouped by theme.
- Emerging Artists: 10-minute, fast-paced, presentations given by Early Career Artists surrounding their work and process. An emerging artist is defined as being out of school 5 years or less, whether graduate or undergraduate school or are within 5 years of the beginning of their career.
All proposals must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm (PST), July 31, 2017. Deadline has passed. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. You must fill out the application form below and follow up with an e-mail with your supporting images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All proposals MUST include:
- Phone number (cell preferred)
- Email address (our preferred method of contact)
- Working title
- New this year, a 90-second YouTube video proposal (preferred) or a written proposal abstract – 200 to 400 words
- Resume or CV
- Images of presenter’s work and/or in support of the presentation topic, not to exceed 10 images total.
- Only include images that will strengthen the proposal
- PDF, jpg, or png documents only
- 300 dpi, high-resolution images
- Images must be labeled Last Name, Title, 2018. Example: Clarke.Untitled1.2018.jpg
The committee reserves the right to select presenters who have not submitted proposals through this call. You will be notified of the decision by email as soon as possible after the call closes and the programming committee makes their decisions.
YouTube Video Proposal Submission
While not required, the committee very strongly encourages a YouTube submission for this year’s proposal abstract instead of a 200 to 400 written abstract. The video submission format allows the committee to get a clear sense of your presentation skills, and your ability to clearly and succinctly express your proposal ideas. We expect that many of you have not submitted in this format before, so we encourage you to explore the ‘Recording and Uploading Videos to YouTube’ outline below.
Make sure your submission is complete. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
If chosen to present, your commitment to SNAG will be meeting all deadlines as outlined in your signed agreement, which include the following:
- Written and visual documentation (ex. short biography, description of talk, and headshot)
- A PowerPoint presentation
- All the necessary information in regards to your presentation (ex. AV requests, completed contracts in a timely manner, etc)
Presentation Proposal Evaluation Criteria:
All presentation proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Program Committee (a panel of your peers) using the following criteria:
- The topic is important or timely.
- The proposal is well conceived and developed.
- The focus is thoughtfully articulated.
- The proposal offers a diverse and/or broad perspective.
- The topic supports the theme of the conference.
The 8-Year Rule
*An eight-year rule applies to the selection of all speakers. This means that once a person has been a SNAG Conference speaker, as either a presenter or a panelist, eight years must pass before they can serve as a speaker again. For example, a speaker at the 2014 Minneapolis conference is again eligible for consideration in 2023, after eight years have passed. On rare occasions, if the Board of Directors deems it appropriate, exceptions can be made to the 8-year rule.
Check List: Do you have everything ready?
- Name(s), Address, Phone number, and Email address included in your submission
- Working Title
- Option 1: YouTube video proposal
- Your video is correctly uploaded to YouTube
- The link to the video works properly
- The link is included in this proposal
- Option 2: Written proposal abstract – 200 to 400 words
- Resume or CV
- Images of presenter’s work and/or in support of the presentation topic
- You must e-mail these as attachments to email@example.com
- Not to exceed 10 images total
- Only include images that will strengthen the proposal
- Images must be labeled Last Name, Title, 2018.
You will receive a confirmation letter once we have received your completed proposal. If you do not receive confirmation after submitting your proposal from firstname.lastname@example.org, it means your form was not completed or submitted. If you have problems or if you have any questions, you can email email@example.com
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Recording and Uploading Videos to YouTube
There are many different options available when it comes to recording and uploading your videos. This tutorial will go over recording with a webcam, Android device, and iPhone or iPad.
If you are using a Mac open Quicktime. Under the file, menu select, “New Movie Recording.” Adjust the camera view and hit the red record button when you are ready. Press stop when you are finished. After your video is complete you will click on the Share tab. Here you will have the option to export your video to YouTube. Follow the instructions from here to Upload your video.
Another option would be to record your video using Windows Movie Maker. After you open this program you will click on the Home tab and select “Webcam Video.” Adjust the camera view and hit the red record button to start. When you are finished click the blue stop button. If you are satisfied with your video, save it. You will then log onto YouTube and select the Upload symbol in the upper right corner of the screen. From here follow the instructions to upload your video.
Use the YouTube Android app to upload videos by recording a new video or selecting an existing one. First sign on to your YouTube account. Then tap the camera icon from your home screen or account tab and record your video. After you finish recording you will be able to edit your video and adjust the title, description, and privacy settings. Tap the Upload button when you are ready to publish your video.
iPhone and iPad:
Use the YouTube iOS app to upload videos by recording a new video or selecting an existing one. First sign on to your YouTube account. Once you’ve done that tap the camera icon to record a new video. After you’re finished recording you can apply any edits to your video. Tap Next when you’re done. Adjust your video’s title, description, and privacy settings. After this, you will be able to upload your video.
If you need additional help you can visit YouTube’s Help Center.