Volunteer Recognition Award

SNAG’s success depends to a large part on the commitment of its volunteer base. Inspired by the numerous volunteers who dedicate countless hours to SNAG every year, the Board of Directors created The Volunteer Recognition Award to publicly acknowledge and honor volunteer contributions to the highest extent. From time to time, the Award shall be bestowed on deserving volunteers to acknowledge their length of service, exemplary initiative, and impact on the SNAG community, based on nominations exclusively by the Board of Directors and the Society’s committees.


2017 Volunteer Recognition Award

Don FriedlichThe Board of Directors is happy to announce the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Award recipient is Don Friedlich. Since 1987, Don Friedlich’s continued vision and investment has strengthened the core functionality of SNAG. After completing his tenure on the Nominations & Elections Committee in 1989, he served on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Metalsmith 1990-94. He served on the hiring committee for a new editor in 1992. In 1993, he worked with the committee to conceive and develop the new Metalsmith Exhibition in Print issue. Don served as chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee in 1995 and co-curated Exhibition in Print: Studio Multiples in 1997.

As President from 1998-2002, along with the normal daily investment of time and energy, he was central to the hiring of SNAG’s first executive director, hiring of the current editor of Metalsmith and an advertising director for the magazine. During that time he also chaired the committee that made long needed constitutional revisions for the organization and led the organization away from a budget crisis.

Don served on conference programming committees for Rhode Island (1992), Chicago (2006) and Seattle (2011) and has been at the front of enduring conference initiatives including: the Trunk Show (2010-12), Spotlight Artists (2011), the very successful Professional Development Seminar (2003-10), and the Education Resource Room and Portfolio Reviews. The Seattle and Chicago conferences were the two most well attended in SNAG’s history. In 1999, Don organized the first SOFA lectures in Chicago and has directed this very popular series each year since.

After guiding SNAG programming for 30 years, Don continues to serve through the SOFA Lecture Series and jurying for the SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship while maintaining a vigorous studio practice.

As a leading figure in contemporary American jewelry, his work has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world and is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and many others.

Don has been an artist in residence at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Canberra School of Art at Australian National University, Tainan National University of Art in Taiwan, California College of Art and at the Uroboros Glass factory in Portland, OR.  He was a featured speaker at jewelry conferences in Dubai, UAE and Melbourne, Australia and the keynote speaker at the annual conferences of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and the annual Precious Metal Clay Conference.

In 2015 he joined the Board of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) and was a featured speaker at SOFA Chicago. In 2016, his work was chosen for the seminal exhibition Schmuck 2016 in Munich, Germany. This show is widely considered the preeminent annual exhibition of contemporary jewelry in the world. Also in 2016, he was the keynote speaker at the SNAG conference in Asheville, North Carolina.

Don will be recognized for his award at the Membership Meeting on Saturday May 27th during the New Orleans conference. Please be sure to congratulate him and attend that event!


2016 Volunteer Recognition Award

recycled road signs ArtistThe SNAG Board has awarded the 2016 VRA to Boris Bally. Boris has been an enthusiastic and generous SNAG volunteer for many years. He has served on the organization’s Board of Directors and the Editorial Advisory Committee. Boris has participated in many SNAG community-led projects, most recently his “Ransom” project where he sold 100 of his brooches and asked the purchasers to take selfies wearing the piece they bought. Boris then donated a portion of the sales to SNAG as his personal way of giving back!

“Boris always has an open ear for the organization’s concerns and is available to help out with advice and practical assistance whenever needed. I love that I can count on his support and encouragement at all times. The board voted for him in unison, really no surprise. To us, Boris embodies the SNAG volunteer spirit and we are most grateful for all that he has done for us. A well-deserved recognition!”

                                   – Brigitte Martin, Fundraising Chair, SNAG Board of Directors

“The first time I met Boris was at a pre-conference dinner. I thanked him for his generosity to SNAG and Boris being Boris, he thanked me for my service and handed me one of his necklaces. I was overwhelmed by his kindness. Boris continues to support SNAG in unprecedented ways, including the making of our annual appeal video last year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to help sustain SNAG.”

                                   – Anne Havel, Treasurer, SNAG Board of Directors

Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, RI where he maintains his small studio business, Bally Humanufactured, LLC. Recently, Bally was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art: Oral History project, part of the Nanette Laitman Grant. Bally’s work has earned him the 2015 Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowship in Craft as well as two RISCA Design Fellowships. He also received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. Bally won First Prize from the International Green Dot Awards for his Broadway ArmChair design in 2012. In 2013 he was a finalist in both Eco Arts Awards and the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. In 2006 Bally received an Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

Boris received the Volunteer Recognition Award at the Membership Meeting during the 2016 SNAGneXt conference.

above image: Boris Bally, photo by John Burke


2015 Volunteer Recognition Award

Harriete Estel BermanSNAG is pleased to announce that the first recipient is Harriete Estel Berman. Harriete has been an active volunteer for SNAG for well over 10 years, and a SNAG member and supporter for even longer. Harriete is best known in the community for her outstanding work on the Professional Development Seminar Leadership Committee which she was part of for many years before becoming its Chair. Harriete’s keen interest in professional practices and development opportunities for our field as well as her untiring outreach efforts to every segment of the metalsmithing community make her an exceptional leader and referred to voice in our field. Her open ear for current topics and her critical eye towards providing quality information have paved the way for many of our members’ success stories. In her untiring dedication to always deliver excellence on behalf of the Professional Development Program, Harriete is the epitome of volunteer commitment, and the reason why we are so immensely grateful for her service.

Harriete received the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Award during the Membership Meeting at the SNAG Conference in Boston, MA.

2015 VRA pinAbout the pin created for the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Award: Grand Valley State University’s Department of Art and Design student Ross Tanner (Graphic Design, 15′) won a design competition held by GVSU’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing Area. As well as GVSU donating the materials to create this gorgeous pin, the students in the Intermediate/Advance Jewelry and Metalsmithing class will work together to create five pins for future award winners.