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SNAG Announcements – October 2012

SNAG is seeking nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award.  This year’s awardee will be honored at the Toronto conference in May 2013. The award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Any member of SNAG may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Nomination packages must include a resume or biography of the nominee along with a letter outlining the reasons for the nomination from the person making it, and at least two letters of support of the nomination from other SNAG members.

Nomination packages must be emailed to Mary Lee Hu, the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee chair by October 13.  Send them to  All submissions must be submitted by email.


Metalsmith Magaine’s 2013 Exhibition in Print Call for Related Work “As Seen by Others: Photography as Strategy B,” Guest Curator, Susan Cohn.

The photograph is an integral part of a maker’s practice. It not only records a work, it presents a maker’s intention and, as such, defines how a work is understood. More significantly, the photograph is often the only way an object is experienced; it becomes the filter by which the work is seen by others.

In our hyper digital world, the photograph has become more than a just a documentary tool—it is a pivotal mode of expression. Multiple image formats now coexist, and artists are increasingly exploring the formal potential of these imaging options. High-res images are typically used to publish work for catalogues and books as a way of arousing potential interest.  Accordingly, these photographs tend to be crisp compositions that highlight key details in design and production. The more casual camera-phone snapshot is gaining momentum on the standard studio photograph. Whether shared among friends or on social media, these images are often less polished and provide a simple likeness of the given object. Alternatively, the photograph can be a key device for expressing an object’s concept or use, enhancing the intention of the maker. Such photographs may be experimental or documentary, showing narrative or poetic propositions for a work.  The dynamic between these three photographic tactics opens up interesting ways to view objects today.

The 2013 Exhibition in Print will explore the power of the photograph to express the spirit of an object. Each work will be shown in at least two of the three photographic approaches above-–a formal high-quality studio photograph; a casual smart-phone shot; or an experimental image reinforcing the concept or function of the work. Guest curator Susan Cohn is seeking examples related to this theme of photographic translation.

For consideration, please send low-res image files to Deadline for submission is January 15.

Susan Cohn, a Melbourne-based jeweler, designer and curator, is director of Workshop 3000 and holds a Ph.D. in Fine Art Theory.  Cohn is also the curator of the major museum exhibition, Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, currently on international tour.

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