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SNAG Hires New Editor for Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech

EmilyZilberSNAG is pleased to announce its new Editor, Emily Zilber. Emily currently serves as the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has served in that position for 7 years. Emily was the Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum before her position at the MFA. Emily has edited and written numerous publications, articles, exhibition texts, including the catalog for Crafted: Objects in Flux (2015), Contemporary Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016), “Craft’s Restless Boundaries” in Crafting A Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft (2013), and “Curator’s Eye: Thomas Gentille,Modern Magazine (Summer 2012).

The Editor position at SNAG recently was reorganized to become a full-time position overseeing the editorial content of the award winning Metalsmith magazine, the launch of a new publication Metalsmith Tech, and the annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS).

Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Emily is a well respected curator with a great history of strong craft focused exhibitions, including the creation of the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, which displayed contemporary craft including works from the Daphne Farago collection of studio jewelry, the integration of craft into the new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA, and Crafted: Objects in Flux, which focused on 40 craft artists, including jewelers and metalsmiths, working at the borders of craft, art, and design. Emily will bring her own voice to these SNAG publications and I am looking forward to seeing what develops under her direction.”

“I am honored to join Metalsmith and the SNAG team, especially at a time of exciting change for the organization. I look forward to growing Metalsmith’s vital voice in a way that serves the diverse SNAG community and warmly welcomes new readers. I am eager to work with SNAG to develop innovative new publications, platforms, and conversation spaces that can shape and engage the field in meaningful ways,” says Emily.

Emily will begin her position on November 27, 2017 as a part-time employee and move into the position full-time April 1, 2018.


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Exhibition in Print at Contemporary Craft

September 8-November 25, 2017
Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Metalsmith Vol 37 No 4 EiP smallExhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal showcases outstanding metal artworks by over 20 artists. As an annual feature of Metalsmith magazine, the 2017 Exhibition in Print focuses on the metalwork tradition and the capacity for restoration by highlighting artists from across the United States as well as Germany, Belgium, and Finland. The exhibiting artists in this companion exhibition give renewed life to objects and materials through innovative art expression rooted in traditional metalsmithing mediums such as silver, copper, and gold, and nontraditional found objects such as horsehair, syringes, soap, and credit cards. Besides prolonging the life of the object, the act of repair also speaks to our yearning to make things right and to make things whole again.

Curated by Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine’s poet laureate and an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council, Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal features jewelry, sculpture and non-traditional wearable objects by emerging and established metalsmithing professionals and exposes the public to a variety of techniques and mediums.

Learn more about the Exhibition in Print publication.


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SNAG Seeks New Editor for Magazines

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The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is looking for its next Editor to oversee the editorial direction of both Metalsmith magazine and a new publication, Metalsmith Tech magazine, as well as magazine-related content on SNAG’s website.

Metalsmith gives you a front row seat on the world of studio art and design in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. It’s smart, beautiful and provocative, and guaranteed to inspire and invigorate. Coverage spans contemporary makers, artists in their studios, edgy work, limited production jewelry, fashion, objects, hollowware, collectors’ collections, and related content.

Metalsmith explores, analyzes, promotes and documents excellence and innovation in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. Pursuing this goal, SNAG produces and oversees the direction and content of this significant resource for the metalsmithing field. The editorial content of Metalsmith emphasizes contemporary activities, makers, and ideas and incorporate supportive content, relevant critical issues and the exchange of viewpoints. For over 35 years, Metalsmith has brought the best in the field of jewelry and metals to the forefront, and we look forward to the magazine’s future.

Metalsmith Tech will be a new SNAG produced magazine that focuses on techniques, processes, educational philosophies and ideas, professional development topics, and new technology in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. The magazine will include both contemporary and historical references, highlighting a diverse range of approaches to jewelry design and metalwork, including professional practices, creative influences, and new trends.

The Editor position will be a part-time staff position to start November 1, 2017. It becomes full-time April 1, 2018. This position works remotely from his/her/their home. A full job description can be found here.

Interested applicants may send a cover letter detailing their vision for our publications, along with a resume and three professional references to SNAG’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith  by October 15th, 2017.


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“Metalsmith” Magazine Survey

Metalsmith Vol 37 No 1 smTake a moment to complete a survey about Metalsmith magazine. We are looking for feedback from the field. You will have to option to be entered into a drawing for a free conference waiver to the 2018 SNAG conference!

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Survey closes May 19, 2017.


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“Metalsmith” Magazine Gets Bold New Design!

Metalsmith Vol 37 No 1frameSNAG is excited to announce the redesign for Metalsmith magazine, the organization’s award-winning art quarterly now in its 37th year. The celebrated design firm Pentagram oversaw the new direction. Pentagram Partner Luke Hayman and Design Associate Jenny Hung worked with Metalsmith’s Editor, Suzanne Ramljak, and Executive Director of SNAG, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith to reimagine the magazine’s graphic identity.

Editor Suzanne Ramljak stated, “akin to an architectural remodeling, we’ve made a number of structural and design alterations, without gutting or razing the entire publication.  Our goal was to create a more stimulating and accommodating environment for our readers to dwell and make discoveries in. With a larger trim size, the magazine is now roomier and comes with added amenities.”

The cover now features multiple photos highlighting articles inside the magazine. “The new cover of Metalsmith reflects the changes in the ways we consume our media. The influx of information today is something we embraced in the redesign as a way towards being more revealing, generous and multifaceted. We wanted to show the variety of topics that Metalsmith covers in any single issue, and we wanted to do this in an immediate and dynamic way,” says Jenny Hung.

Metalsmith 37-1 page 22The magazine also sports new typefaces, including a recently released font called Robinson used throughout the interior. Robinson was chosen for the redesign because, while it is a truly contemporary typeface, it also evokes the hand and is deeply rooted in the craft tradition.

Metalsmith’s new dynamic design will better reflect the ever changing world of jewelry and metals, and help to snag the reader’s interest both visually and editorially.

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