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2017 SNAG Student Exhibition Awards

Nexus: The 2017 Juried Student Exhibition highlighted student work that challenges traditional and non-traditional ways of working using new and old materials, techniques, and ideas by the next generation of makers in the metalsmithing and jewelry field. The exhibition was held in May during the SNAG conference in New Orleans.

New this year, SNAG presented awards. Congratulations to the winners:

Xinhao Yang
Best in Show

Xinhao Yang, Rochester Institute of Technology
Fetter
Acrylic, copper, zinc

Taehyun Bang
Honorable Mention

Taehyun Bang, University of Kansas
Miser’s Fish
Sheet of aluminum, raffia, oil paint

Eunsil Leem
Honorable Mention
Eunsil Leem
, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
I did not see the women
copper, sterling silver

Thank you to Charon Kransen Arts for sponsoring the 2017 Student Exhibition.
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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.

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2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

LAA_Fred_Woell, Eleanor, CindySNAG is proud to present the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to J. Fred Woell

J. Fred Woell has had a successful career in art and education that spans 50 years. He’s taught quite a number of well-known jewelry artists, and is noted for being the first in the field to work with cast found objects and found objects in his metalwork for political and social commentary.

WoellSocialSecurity“I make things I hope people can laugh at and yet take seriously. I use my work as a platform to express my reaction to things I see around me. I use humor in my work to make the serious nature of those things bearable.

It is my aim to make an object look complete and posses a quality that gives the work a presence or life of its own. I try hard to keep the freshness of my fingerprint on the work and to maintain an intimate, spontaneous quality that will give it a timeless character. I work largely with found objects that come into my life by serendipity. I do my best to allow these “things” I assemble to come together and form unique objects. Taking the chance of assembling these things means some things must be changed and even destroyed when they are assembled. It makes the work a discovery and keeps the creative process edgy. ”

WoellMetalsmithCoverHis pieces are in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the American Craft Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum.

Woell’s work has been published in Metalsmith and Ornament magazines, numerous jewelry reference books, and he’s the author of Handouts from the 20th Century: A Collection of Teaching Aids Created and Gathered by J. Fred Woell During 20 Years of Teaching.

Woell_TheGoodTheBadHis teaching career has included teaching positions at Boston University; Swain School of Design, New Bedford, Mass.; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Woell has received 3 National Endowment for the Arts Grants, an American Craft Council award (1995), a Society of Arts and Crafts Arts Award (2004), a “Master Craft Artist Recognition” by the Maine Crafts Association (2009), and in 2010, The Florida Society of Goldsmiths named Woell the recipient of their National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame award.

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