Emerging Curators Program

The Emerging Curators program offers grants up to $2,500 to assist an emerging curator or curators in executing an exhibition focused on jewelry and/or metalwork.

2017 Emerging Curators Grant Program

Application now closed. Deadline December 15, 2017.


A selection committee awards grants based on the following objectives:

  • Support Documentation and Scholarship
  • Encourage Innovative Research
  • Promote Curatorial Practice
  • Educate the Public

Who is Eligible?
SNAG realizes that emerging curators in the field of Jewelry and Metalwork have varied backgrounds. An emerging curator may be a recent graduate of a jewelry and/or metalwork program with an exhibition idea; or artists who have hosted a few exhibitions and are looking to stay in the curatorial field; or curators looking to host an exhibition about the jewelry and metalworking field. On the application you will have the opportunity to expand on why you fit the title of  “emerging curator.” We think this is exactly what will make this program dynamic and diverse!

Priority will be given to exhibitions occurring in North America (United States, Canada, Mexico).

Additional Benefits:

  • An online version of the exhibition hosted on the SNAG//SPACE website
  • A special post on the SNAG news blog
  • Promotions and marketing of the exhibition
  • ½ page ad on the exhibition in any two issues of Metalsmith magazine
  • Announcements on the exhibition to be run in Riveting News, SNAG’s weekly e-newsletter
  • Access to our Maker Profiles for potential artists for exhibition
  • SNAG Project Liaison will provide assistance in the exhibition planning process

Application Requirements:
2017 application now closed. Deadline December 15, 2017.

You will need:

  • A written description of the exhibition display including design ideas, interactive features, and site specific needs. (2000 characters or less)
  • Exhibition Abstract (2000 characters or less)
  • Exhibition Narrative (4000 characters or less)
  • General Timeline of Events
  • Additional descriptions of intended audience and display ideas
  • 10-15 high quality images in support of exhibition theme including images of artworks.
  • Plans for supporting exhibition with visual and written documentation, accessible to the public (2000 characters or less)
  • Budget (Excel file preferred) including all exhibition expenses and streams of revenue (if applicable). Form is included in application. Please mark with an asterisk (*) all secured revenues.
  • Location (exhibition venue, city, state)
  • Timeline of events
  • 1-Page Resumé, please include curatorial experience if applicable.
  • Two Letters of support. If this exhibition will take place in a gallery, museum, or institution one letter may be from the exhibition venue.
  • Exhibition must open before December 31, 2018

Questions? Email exhibitions@snagmetalsmith.org


2015 Emerging Curators grant recipients

Hannah Fewtrell BoltonLexie Owen, Vancouver Metal Arts Association
“Unexpected explores the strange and sometimes discordant elements that make the viewing and wearing of contemporary jewelry a pleasurable and enjoyable endeavor. This grant, and the opportunity to develop a curated show at the CCBC Gallery with support from the VMAA’s exhibition committee, provides me with an chance to continue expanding my craft-based curatorial practice, and an opportunity to bring work to Vancouver by some of the most exciting emerging and established metalsmiths from Canada and beyond.” (image: Hannah Fewtrell-Bolton)

Uli RappLyndsay Rice, Earlham College

“I see curating as an opportunity to articulate ideas that are developing in the field. Using the body as the starting point the exhibition EMBODIED, seeks work that exhibition explores the collision of jewelry fashion and design in motion by connecting the body and re-defining the impossibility of wearing. This exhibition invokes the poetics of the history and traditions of jewelry while simultaneously subverting notions of material, scale and wearablility.” (image: Uli Rapp)

Melissa CameronMaggie Smith, CodeVA
Tech in Craft
“I met a librarian who has a brand new 3-D Printing lab. No one uses her lab. No one knows what to do. This made me think about the art jewelry I admire that is created by hand but also using technology. What if the library were able to show patrons real life artistic applications of the technology available at their local branch? …A great deal of thought and craftsmanship goes into creating art jewelry. When a piece is complete, it becomes personal for the maker as well as the wearer. This is part of what makes art jewelry fundamentally engaging. I want to use art jewelry to encourage people to be creative.This exhibition will reach both patrons who may be inspired to use the library’s resources and educators who can open minds.” (image: Melissa Cameron)