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.
Susan Cummins has been named an Honorary Fellow by the American Craft Council. Cummins specializes in contemporary art jewelry and spent many years as a gallerist in Mill Valley, California. Cummins also helped found Art Jewelry Forum.
Thomas Gentille was also named an ACC Fellow. Gentille is an eminent studio jeweler with more than half a century of experience in the field.
Katja Taporski’s exhibition SpaceTime was named one of American Craft Council’s top ten to see in 2017. The exhibition ran August 23-October 12 at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.
Helen Drutt English will be participating in the James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend symposium on April 28th. The symposium will feature Helen and other Distinguished Educators who will share their work and discuss topics in craft education.
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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.
SNAG Speaks is a series of short videos featuring SNAG’s Board of Directors, Staff, and the Connects Council. These videos are meant to answer questions that you, our members, have about our organization. This will include the projects that SNAG is focusing on now, and what we are doing to make these a reality, while also giving you, our members, an inside look into the lives of our SNAG team. As an organization, it is our goal to connect with our members and keep you informed. We sincerely hope you enjoy these videos and we want to thank you for making SNAG all that it can be.
Our first video comes to you from our Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith.