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Are you a SNAG Volunteer?

SNAG Volunteer logoSNAG has always been a volunteer-based organization. Because our volunteers do so much for us, we want to do a better job of recognizing and rewarding them. SNAG VOLUNTEERS is a new program to track volunteer hours and to say “Thank You!” for all the hard work you do!

Are you currently a SNAG volunteer or interested in being one? Find all the details here>>>


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SNAG’s 50th Anniversary Planning

SNAG 50 years logoCall for Volunteers:  SNAG’s 50th Anniversary Planning Committees

Did you know that SNAG’s 50th anniversary is coming up in 2019? We want to celebrate this event BIG TIME and are looking for people like you who would enjoy helping us plan. No prior knowledge necessary, we are looking for YOUR ideas on any of these committees:

Exhibitions + Events – This committee will think about and plan special events and exhibitions taking place during the 2019 and 2020 conferences.

Fundraising – This is a big birthday for SNAG and we are hoping it will also be a big year to help our organization be financially stable for the next 50 years.

Print – We will be putting together a booklet which will detail SNAG’s history. It’s a wonderful opportunity for a SNAG history buff and  those with writing and editorial skills.

Digital Activities –  In addition to the conference activities we would like to post several web-based projects such as stories from past presidents or interviews with current members about what they envision the future of SNAG to be. If you are digitally savvy or a good social media person, we would love to have you on board!

Interested in volunteering for a 50th Anniversary Committee?  Email our Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith. We can’t wait to have you join the team and hear your ideas. Thank you!


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Jeanne Jerousek-McAninch – Volunteer Spotlight

Jeanne Jerousek-McAninch – Volunteer Spotlight

After earning an MFA at Kent State in 1974 in painting and jewelry, Tucson became my home base. For several years I taught Basic Design and Drawing classes at Pima Community College. In 1976 teaching jewelry, enameling and photography at Tucson Parks & Recreation I started doing chain making demonstrations at Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. My self-published book, a compilation of these demos, Chain Making Link By Link appeared in 1977. At that time we started offering City Visiting Artists workshops. Our first was Eleanor Moty’s Photo Etching Workshop. She is our Patron Saint of Workshops!

Volunteering since 1978 for several non-profits (Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Tucson Visiting Artists Consortium, Friends of Yuma Symposium, and most recently SNAG) morphed into grant writing, doing publicity, being statutory agent but mainly coordinating lectures and workshops by visiting artists. Hundreds of workshops later, ADC, an “all volunteer” organization, currently offers 10 to 12 visiting artists lectures and workshops a year. In 2012 ADC hosted the SNAG conference. Multi-faceted educational venues, lectures, exhibitions, and networking in epic proportions. Tucson and Mesa Arts Center pre-conference workshops followed by Demo Days made possible by many volunteers from ADC and MAC resulting in ties to an exquisite venue for future workshops. Frequently, my personal projects have taken a back seat to my “non-profit obligations.” And currently, Historic Chain Making is nearly done.


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Hilary Jones-Wujcik – Volunteer Spotlight

Hilary Jones-Wujcik – Volunteer Spotlight

Educated at Indiana University, I have lived and worked in Tucson, AZ since 1974. In my studio, I design and create jewelry working in gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze, diamonds, semi precious stones and random found objects. I have participated in the amazing Tucson Gem and Mineral Show since 1975. I have a retail booth and two special display cases: one with my work and one featuring my students’ works.

Metal has always remained a challenge to me. Even though I have worked in metal since 1971, I am still discovering new ways to approach it.

I have taught classes in Art, Jewelery Design and Art History since 1973. In May 2005, I retired from public education and now I am unretired, teaching Jewelry Fabrication, Lost Wax Casting and Enameling for Pima County NR Parks and Recreation.

My accomplishments include representing CDO High School in Arizona Teacher of the Year and in the Circle K Outstanding Faculty Awards program and receiving the honor or Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year in Arizona Congressional Arts program. I enjoy volunteering for causes I believe in: Art, Art Education, Metalsmithing…to meet people and get them involved in great organizations such as SNAG.

Teaching gives me balance, increasing my creativity and pushing me to learn new techniques. In some areas of study there are questions and answers. In Art, there are only more questions….”


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Andrew Kuebeck – Volunteer Spotlight

Andrew Kuebeck – Volunteer Spotlight

I graduated with my BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and my MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. Currently I am the Artist in Residence in the Metals department at Bowling Green State University and am working on setting up my own studio. I like to work in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, where I enjoy the challenges of switching scale, material, and technique. Within my studio practice my research focus is the incorporation of photographic imagery into my work, switching between photographic processes from traditional to alternative depending on the piece and material I wish to work with. I have been very fortunate in having my work exhibited regionally and nationally, as well as having them appear in issues of Metalsmith and Lark Book Publications.

I first joined SNAG after my high school metals teacher gave me an extra issue of Metalsmith and I was hooked. I was drawn to the breadth of the field, the beautiful works that I saw being created, and my own belief that working in metals ensured some sort of immortality. I have had the pleasure of attending SNAG conferences and enjoy the opportunities that SNAG provides professionally, interpersonally, and educationally, and saw volunteering as a small way of giving back.