Archive for 2011
Leading up to my board position About twelve years ago, I joined SNAG as a high school student, primarily to get the magazine. When I attended my first conference in St. Petersburg several years later, I discovered that there was a lot more than Metalsmith. I was thrilled to meet people excited about the same […]
Leading up to my board position I have been a SNAG member for around 8 years. Although I have not attended every conference I have always been interested in the organization and appreciative of what they did for me as a student. After I earned my master’s degree in 2006, I decided that I needed […]
My past presidency When I decided to run for the presidency of SNAG I was apprehensive for a number of reasons. Would I be elected and whom would I be running against? How much work would it be and would it keep me from spending time in my studio? Would this commitment be good for […]
My SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship Experience
By Bifei Cao, 2011 Recipient
I came to the United States to pursue an MFA in Jewelry & Metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After learning about the SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship, I decided to apply but I never expected that I would be awarded first place when faced with the competitive applicants from different schools.
After I received word that I had won, I immediately called my advisor, Lynda LaRoche. She instilled in me a hunger for knowledge, brought me to a new world, and at the same time, respected my own artistic language. Since then, I am still surprised what I have achieved…and think I might be for the rest of my life.
The scholarship helped me not only with my financial situation, but most importantly, with my confidence. In China, I had nearly lost my faith succeeding as a metalsmith as I was defined there as a non-talented student during my MA studies. But later, a Shanghai University professor encouraged me to apply to her graduate school, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I cherished the opportunity and worked as hard as I possibly could. I appreciate the educational system of the United States that has allowed me to discover myself, and I’m happy to say that I’ve started to receive invitations from galleries for themed exhibitions.
I believe that the SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship is an invaluable help to students. It brings emerging artists with diversified works and cultures to our jewelry and metals field. It builds students’ confidence and brings new blood into the field.
As a student who has received the benefit from the scholarship, I will purchase raffle tickets this year, and I would like to ask every artist to support the scholarship fund. It is really a way to build futures of young artists.
2011 Educational Scholarship Winner & Raffle Double Winner
By M. Annie Kilborn, 2011 Recipient
It was a delight and honor to find out that I was one of the SNAG’s Educational Endowment Scholarship Awardees. Although I have previously submitted work for past SNAG student exhibitions, this was the first year I applied for the scholarship. Since I was pleased with the work I created for my BFA creative project, I figured I had nothing to lose by applying. As a student, I know the importance of getting your work out there, hoping for positive encouragement and being willing to accept rejection.
The annual conferences are always inspirational and are a wonderful way to make lasting connections in our field. I really wanted to attend the Seattle conference, but unfortunately, the financial burden of moving my family across country to San Diego for graduate school seemed to make my conference attendance unfeasible. However, the exciting news that I had been awarded the scholarship came early enough that I was able to book my travel for Seattle!
At the conference’s final dinner and dance party, I was not paying much attention to the names being called for the raffle. My mentor informed me that my name had just been called. I won a free photo session from Steven Brian Samuels Art and Jewelry Photography! I had purchased a single raffle ticket–not because I had high hopes of winning, but to support the Educational Endowment Scholarship. As a student, I am well aware that every opportunity counts and being awarded even the smallest honor is stimulating and encouraging. It is important to promote opportunities for those who are building futures as artists.
I highly encourage everyone to buy raffle tickets. Each ticket purchased goes to the Educational Endowment Scholarship Fund to help achieve students’ career goals. Plus you might be a lucky winner of one of the great prizes, which are generously donated each year!
My Experience as a Hoover & Strong Scholarship Winner
by Heejin Hwang, 2011 Recipient
I am greatly honored to become a Hoover & Strong Scholarship recipient and so thrilled to receive this award. I have applied for a variety of scholarships every time if given opportunities, with the conviction of ‘strike while the iron is hot,’ but it has special significance for me this time. This is because I have thought that I would like my current work to be recognized by the public so far as a student artist, and I was more sure about and confident in my works of art through this opportunity.
What I shouted with joy when I was informed of this news was “Yes!!”
In addition, I still vividly remember that I was thinking with a chuckle of buying tools and materials I had long wanted with this scholarship. Subsequently, there have been many changes to me actually. Among them, the biggest change is that it is more pleasant to create works of art. I am enormously grateful to SNAG for giving me such an important experience.
The 2011 Educational Endowment Scholarship recipients:
Bifei Cao, graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M. Anne Kilborn, graduate student at Ball State University
Emily Eversgerd, undergraduate student at East Tennessee State University
The 2011 Hoover & Strong Scholarship recipient:
Heejin Hwang, graduate student at University of Wisconsin, Madison
The 2009 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
David Choi, graduate student at State University of New York, New Paltz
Jee Young Han, graduate student at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Rebekah Frank, undergraduate at Texas State University, San Marcos
Honorable Mention in 2010:
Loring Taoka, graduate student at the University of North Texas
Amy Weiks, undergraduate at Western Michigan University
The 2009 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
Vincent Pontillo, Undergraduate student at State University New York, Buffalo
Davina Romansky, Undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology
Rachel Shimpock, Undergraduate student at Long Beach City College
Honorable Mention in 2009:
Elliot Gaskin, Undergraduate student at Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Andrew Kuebeck, Graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington
The 2008 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
Eun Yeong Jeong, Graduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Soyeon Kim, Graduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert Longyear, Graduate student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Honorable Mention in 2008:
Gemma Draper, Graduate student at Cranbrook Academy of Art
The 2007 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
Masako Onondera, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sun Kyoung Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lilyana Bekic, San Diego State University
Honorable Mentions in 2007:
David Choi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kristi Sword, SUNY-New Paltz
Jennifer Halvorson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tracy Lee Black, Indiana University
The 2006 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
Gary Schott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduate student
Masako Onondera, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduate student
Kristi Rae Rader, Stephen S. Austin State University, undergraduate student
Honorable Mentions in 2006:
Sungyeoul Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Corey Ackelmire, Kent State
The 2005 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
Miel Paredes, University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduate student
Tzu-Ju Chen, Cranbrook Academy of Art, graduate student
Nichole Bowes, University of Kansas, undergraduate student
Honorable Mentions in 2005:
Eliana Arenas, New Mexico State University, graduate student
Nisa Blackmon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduate student
Rachelle Lim, San Diego State University, undergraduate student
Ayuko Izumi, California State University, Long Beach, undergraduate student
The 2004 Educational Endowment scholarship recipients:
Megan Auman, Kent State University, graduate student
Kim Lucci-Elbualy, Kent State University, graduate student
Tzu-Ju Chen, Rhode Island School of Design, undergraduate student
Honorable Mentions in 2004:
Frankie Flood, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduate student
Hye-young Suh, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduate student
Christine Bossler, Wayne State University, undergraduate student
Swan Kim, Rhode Island School of Design, undergraduate student