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SNAG Announcements

Board Member Welcome

Please join us in welcoming Todd Pownell to the board of directors.

Todd Pownell

Todd began his jewelry studies at the Bowman Technical School is Lancaster, PA, where he gained an in depth exposure to all jewelry making techniques. He completed the GIA Graduate course in Gemology, and is certified as both a Gemologist and a Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society. He and his wife Debra are the founders and instructors at TAP studios, Cleveland, OH. TAP is an active jewelry workshop where beginning students learn the fundamentals of jewelry fabrication and advanced students improve their technical skills. Todd was one of two recipients of the 2013 Seth Rosenberg Prize, awarded through the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Cuyahoga Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Todd Pownell

Volunteer Coordinator Welcome

Please also welcome Katie Poterala, SNAG’s new Volunteer Coordinator. We have needs for short-term and long-term help with SNAG projects, programs and other areas. And we have lots of members with various skills and interests who really want to get involved with the organization.

We want to find out more about you and find a volunteer spot that fits you. It can be as simple as helping staff a booth or table when we’re at a show, or working with the office staff on things that need an extra hand (even long distance), or perhaps you’d like to get more involved with a project. For example, just recently Katie secured a volunteer who will handle getting SNAG’s press releases out to the community trumpeting what we’re doing, someone who is making a Powerpoint presentation of work featured in our Maker Profile Pages for the conference, and other folks who are volunteering to work with SNAG’s Social Media Officer, Loring Taoka, to create a vibrant online social community that will serve the interests of the membership.

If you want to get involved, we have lots of ways to use your enthusiasm and skill. We have a page on the SNAG website where soon we’ll post current volunteer openings with brief job descriptions, and an email leading to Katie. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with Katie, her email address is


Online voting in this year’s election opened on May 1st. There are open seats on the board of directors and the Nominations & Elections Committee, plus several ballot measures for revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. We have three easy ways for you to vote: online voting, voting onsite at the conference, and mail in ballots. If you prefer to mail in a ballot, contact Tara Jecklin and she’ll get that to you asap. All mail in ballots must be postmarked no later than May 7th.

Voting is important. If you want a voice in the discussions and decisions made by the board, then exercise your right to vote. We strongly urge every member, including all student members, to take time to read what the candidates say and then VOTE.

See below for more information about the candidates and proposed amendments.

New Group and Call for Volunteers

SNAG’s Online Presence Committee is excited to announce the formation of a new Social Media Group.  The charge of this group will be to supervise, post, and coordinate lively discussions on SNAG’s many social media profiles. These include LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, among others.

This new endeavor will be headed by OPC member Loring Taoka, acting as the newly minted Social Media Officer. Other members of this group include Tara Locklear, Jen Townsend, and Tabitha Ott. We are looking for other individuals to assist us in creating a vibrant online social community that will serve the interests of the membership. Would you be interested in aiding in such an endeavor?  Interested members should contact Loring at for more information.

Drawing for Free Diamond

One very lucky person attending this year’s Exhibition in Motion, “Black + White + Pearl” is going home with a FREE diamond, worth $2,500, thanks to Embee Diamonds of Toronto. This diamond will be the focus of a drawing at the Exhibition in Motion.

Only ticket holders to the EIM will be entered into the drawing for the FREE diamond.  The Exhibition in Motion is open only to conference attendees.

There are still some tickets left: $30 for the floor or $100 for the Diamond level which includes complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and time to talk informally with the conference speakers. Purchase your ticket now before they’re all gone. Tickets must be purchased in advance; they will not be sold onsite in Toronto.

The fashion show features models on a catwalk wearing the juried work, and live cameras projecting video images of the models and jewelry on screen.

Call for Entries Open: Contemporary Goldsmithing: Tradition & Excellence

SNAG’s second virtual exhibition, juried by master goldsmiths George Sawyer, Judith Kinghorn, and Tom Herman. Read the Call for Entries Prospectus and the Jurors’ Statement on our website, and begin thinking about the pieces you will submit.  Open to anyone in the world whose work fits the jurors criteria.

The entry fee is $25 for SNAG members, $35 for non-members, all submissions must be made through the CaFE website.  All SNAG members should have already received the discount coupon code in broadcast emails sent to you from the office.  Contact us at if you haven’t.  Use this discount code at the CaFE checkout to receive your $10 off.

Submission deadline: May 31.

Raffle Tickets

Endowment Raffle tickets are available to purchase through the SNAG website.  The proceeds go to underwrite the Educational Endowment scholarships we award every year to undergraduate and graduate students.

Tickets will also be on sale at the May 2013 conference in Toronto.

Only 600 tickets will be sold.

  • Donation of $20, receive one chance
  • Donation of $100, receive six chances
  • Drawing takes place and winners announced at the conference on Saturday, May 18, 2:30 pm (need not be present to win)
  • All sales (online and onsite) will be by MasterCard and Visa only and processed in U.S. dollars

For the complete list of prizes visit our Raffle page on the SNAG website.

Maker Profile Pages

The searchable Maker Profile Pages are FREE to all SNAG members.   Include up information and to 20 images of your work, with links to places visitors can buy your work.


Sign up for the RSS field and receive new postings of opportunities nearly every day.   Posting an opportunity is free for the basic listing.  Members can upgrade to the Enhanced listing for only $25, for non-members the Enhanced listing is $100.

Elections Cont.

Board of Directors Candidates:

Jim Bové 

Jim Bové earned his public school teaching certification in art from Edinboro University of PA, where he had his first taste of metals. He returned to earn his MFA in Jewelry/Metals. During his time as a graduate assistant at Edinboro he worked as a bench jeweler. Bové is presently an Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania. He has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the United States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking.

Bové served as Technical Editor for SNAG News for several years. During that time he made an effort to bring in articles from all areas of the metals community, from bench jewelers to fine artists and even a gunsmith. In 2011 Bové’s artwork was selected for Metalsmith magazine’sExhibition in Print. His artwork is in The National Ornamental Metal Museum collection and has been featured in several books and publications.

Becky McDonah

Becky McDonah is the Head of the Metals Area at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Previously she headed up the Metalworking Department at Arizona State University from 2005-2012 and was a Visiting Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio from 2001-2005. While in Arizona, McDonah served as President of the Arizona Designer Craftsmen Central Chapter 2006-2010, received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University in 2007, and served as Co-Chair of the 2012 SNAG conference.

McDonah has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, lectured and presented workshops at internationally renowned venues, and has curated various metals and craft exhibitions. McDonah received her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University in 2000 and her BA from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1995.

Rachel Timmins

Rachel Timmins received her MFA in Studio Art (Metals Concentration) from Towson University in December 2012 and her BFA in Metal/Jewelry Design with a Minor in Sculpture from Buffalo State College in 2009. She has taught as adjunct faculty and has been the recipient of numerous awards including two-time status as a Finalist in the NICHE Awards. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Design Museum London, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Timmins’ work can be seen in numerous publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective published by Lark Books, andJewel Book: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art published by Stitchting Kunst Boek. She regularly teaches digital and multi-media workshops both locally and nationally and is commissioned frequently to make custom works.


Nominations and Elections Committee Candidates:

Jeff McGee

Jeff McGee began his academic career at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, earning an Associate’s Degree in 2001 in Animation. He continued his studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he received his BFA, cum laude in Metalsmithing in 2006 which led to his Honors MFA work at The University of Kansas’ historic Metals program. In January 2011, McGee accepted a full-time position as 3-D art faculty at San Jacinto College in Houston, TX. He currently sits on the board of the Houston Metal Arts Guild, and has been an active SNAG member since 2007.

McGee’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, with high regard for its craftsmanship and whimsical approach to traditional mediums and practices. Recently, his work was purchased by the Kamm Teapot Foundation, and included in the CU:29 exhibit during the Phoenix SNAG conference. McGee’s passion for inter-disciplinary dialogue is evident in his teaching methods and creative pursuits which stress contemporary problem solving and critical thinking across diverse vocations.

Gina Westergard

Gina Westergard is currently an Associate Professor of Metalsmithing/Jewelry at the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching responsibilities, she has served on numerous committees and held two administrative positions. She has exhibited her work in international and national venues that include: Ostholstein Museum, Eutin, Germany; Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti, Finland; Tap Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Fortunoff, New York, NY; The National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN; and The California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Westergard’s work is published in Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print, Saturated: Color and Metal, and in 500 Vessels, Contemporary Explorations of Containment, Lark Books. She was awarded a Mid-American Art Alliance/NEA Fellowship and several Jurors’ Awards. She has received three Faculty Research Funds and four Hallmark Enhancement Grants from the University of Kansas.

Laura Wood

Laura Wood is a professional artist and educator living in San Antonio, Texas. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Metals from the University of Georgia and her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and is a contributing artist of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design Permanent collection in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has been a curator of both paper and jewelry exhibitions and was the founding voice in the East Carolina University Material Topics Symposium 2010.

Wood recently completed an artist in residence for the Paper and Metal areas at the Southwest School of Art and is currently the gallery manager and curator for Equinox Gallery in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Laura has been of member of SNAG since 2007 and helped in the organization for the SNAG silent auction and raffle under the direction of Marlene True in 2011 and 2012.

Proposed Constitution/By-Laws Amendments:

Amendment shortening the term of board service and changing the structure of appointed positions

Amendment making the Treasurer an appointed position

Amendment shortening the term of President




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