Archive for July, 2015
The Art Jewelry Forum website recently published an article by Benjamin Lignel titled “WTF is M.I.T. Doing at SNAG?” Lignel takes a look at “new media” and some of the themes that appealed to him at the 2015 SNAG Boston conference: social impact and innovation.
Thank you to AJF for all their coverage of SNAG’s recent conference!
What brought you to wanting a board position?
SNAG has been a component of my life as a student, educator, and professional for the past 13 years. I remain baffled that at a SNAG conference, I can sit down with my metals heroes and have a discussion about the continuation of creating beautiful objects that will continue to be a part of our culture throughout time. Serving as a SNAG board member is a gratifying method of service to a community that has provided me with knowledge, opportunity, and a constant belief in the importance of what we all do.
I hope to learn more about administration of a non-profit organization while also learning about logistics and management strategies. Meeting new people and working with other talented members is a perk of the position while engaging in common goals to provide service to this community that has already done so much for so many artists. In short, I felt that it was my time to serve the organization that has served me for so many years.
What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment)?
I am a member of the strategic planning committee and draft notes during these meetings. I also help with the educational dialogue committee and pitch in on any of the committees that need extra help. I enjoy working with multiple committees and filling in where extra help is needed. I have enjoyed working with the strategic planning committee and am looking forward to seeing us utilize our living strategy for making a more sustainable organization.
What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?
I recently set up an exhibition at Texas A & M College Station, titled Estrangeira. The exhibition was a response to a recent research trip that I was part of in Salvador, Brazil. In the summer and fall, I plan on attending multiple art centers and have applied for residencies around the world. I am currently committed to creating new work and showing in new venues. In May, I was part of an all women’s outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls, TX. Currently, I have outdoor sculptures displayed in St. Joseph, MO, Palestine, TX and Abilene, TX.
“Masters of Craft” – by Paul J. Smith. A personal collection of portraits taken by Smith featuring 224 artists working in fiber, clay, glass, metal, and wood. Several of the photos were taken at SNAG conferences. This book and more in this week’s news post.
The Metal Museum presents “A Kind of Confession” through September 11. The exhibition showcases critical and contemporary metalwork from both tenured and emerging African American metal artists. This and many more exhibitions in this week’s news post.
Help prepare artists for disasters large and small, natural and unnatural, by supporting the CERF+ “At the Ready Fund.” We can’t stop disasters from occurring, but we can help CERF+ be ready for them.
CERF+, a mutual aid organization, is one of the leading voices for safeguarding artists’ livelihoods.