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In Remembrance: June Schwarcz

June SchwarczJune Schwarcz died at her home in Sausalito, CA on August 2, 2015. She was 97. Schwarcz was among the most innovative and highly respected artists working in the late 20th-century enamels field. Best known for her electroformed metal sculpture, embellished with rich enamel color, she produced an extensive body of work which, while referring to time-honored vessel making traditions, defy convention.

Recognized early on for her innovative approach to the medium, she was included in 1956 in Craftsmanship in a Changing World, the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York (now the Museum of Arts and Design); that museum’s 1959 exhibition Enamels; and the traveling exhibition Objects: U.S.A. in 1969. She was designated a California Living Treasure in 1985.

 

June Schwarcz vesselShe was a founding member of the Northern California Enamels Guild, a member of the Enamelist Society where in 1991 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 she was given the Masters of the Medium Award by the James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Schwarcz was also a long-time member of SNAG.

In 2009 her work was featured in Transformed by Fire: June Schwarcz Enameled Vessels at the Mingei Museum, San Diego.

Examples of her work are in the collections of numerous institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and many others.

These are just some of June Schwarcz’s accomplishments. Much more about her can be found in the obituary published in the San Francisco Chronicle.  Also see Mike Holmes’ article on the Art Jewelry Forum website.

 

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


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In the News

Changes in leadership at several crafts organizations fill the news in this week’s post. See who is now directing Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Art Jewelry Forum, Ethical Metalsmiths, and Haystack.

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Exhibition in Print at CCCD

Metalsmith EiP 2015On view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC through August 22 is a collection of work from SNAG’s annual Exhibition in Print: “Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction,” guest-curated by Wendy Steiner. The exhibition includes a diverse range of works that invite interaction or empathy, and help viewers to discover beauty in the process of engagement. The Exhibition in Print issue of Metalsmith will be delivered to mailboxes late-August/early September. (at right: Avery Lucas, “Hand Made Tray”)

Participating Artists: Avery Lucas, Patricia Sullivan, Jeff McGee, Leah Hardy, Yael Friedman, Olivia Shih, Jennifer Crupi, Karen Lauseng, Brian Weissman, Tom Muir, Gabriel Craig, Evin Dubois, Hsiao-Ai Wang, Jill Bonovitz, Nash Quinn, Lauren Selden, Kathleen Janvier, Sophia Park, Nick Dong, Jayden Moore, and Lorre Hoffman.

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Sophia Park  Nick Dong rings
(above top left: Brian Weissman; top right: Leah Hardy; bottom left: Sophia Park; bottom right: Nick Dong)


Also at CCCD…

SNAG is supporting Spaces of Production this summer at CCCD. It is a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement.

Nick DongThe Mend-Smith Project is being presented through August 22 by Nick Dong, a conceptual metalsmith from Oakland, CA. The Mend-Smith Project explores the social responsibility of the jeweler to create new symbolic meaning through objects that have come to represent the loss of a loved one.

During the project period, free Mend-Smith consultations will be made available to those who have lost a loved one. The starting point will be a small symbolic or sentimental jewelry object. Working collaboratively with the client, Dong will use the stories and memories told about the relationship to guide the final design of the transformed piece. The final product is offered to the client in exchange for permission of their story to be documented in the greater catalog of Mend-Smith objects. Dong will be working in the gallery so visitors may watch the work as it unfolds. Reservations are required for consultations, contact Grace Reff.

An artist talk with Nick Dong is scheduled for August 13, 6:00 p.m. Learn more about his work addressing such topics as materialism and human interaction.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.

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“WTF is M.I.T. Doing at SNAG?” from AJF

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.

Read “WTF is M.I.T. Doing at SNAG?”

Thank you to AJF for all their coverage of SNAG’s recent conference!

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Board Members Speak: Lauren Selden

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.

Lauren McAdams SeldenI 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.