Archive for 2015
SNAG awards three student scholarships with at least one award given to a student that is currently an undergraduate. These scholarships are for tuition towards the students’ degree granting programs.
Congratulations to the 2015 Educational Endowment Student Scholarship recipients:
Jeremy Nuttall, MFA candidate at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Caitlin Skelcey, MFA candidate at University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana
Zoe Bilello, undergraduate at Indiana University, Bloomington
SNAG also awards three scholarships for emerging and mid-career artists to use toward a workshop of their choice in North America.
Congratulations to the Educational Endowment Emerging/Mid-Career Artist Scholarship recipients:
Ashley Buchanan was a finalist in the 2015 Emerging Voices Awards presented by the American Craft Council. She combines old-school handwork with modern technology, such as powder-coating and digital photography.
Seliena Coyle received the Golden Fleece Award for 2015. The Award is an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. Coyle will use the Award to undertake an extended period of personal research and development towards a body of new work. It also helped her to attend the 2015 SNAG conference in Boston from Ireland.
Elizabeth Goluch is the focus of a short documentary film “Lady Bug,” released by the Craft Alliance and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. It is the fifth in a series of films about some of Nova Scotia’s master craftspeople. Goluch’s metal insect sculptures can take months to research and fabricate. Using gold, silver, gemstones, and various other materials, she incorporates aspects of an insect’s life into each sculpture’s design.
Dr. Mekah Gordon was Art Jewelry’s March 2015 Monthly Design Challenge Winner for her “Air Dancer” pendant/brooch. She created this lost wax casting in sterling silver for one of her former high school art students, who became a noted dancer in New York.
Kaminer Haislip announced her collaboration with actress Reese Witherspoon’s new Southern inspired lifestyle company Draper James. They commissioned her sterling silver Magnolia Bowl for their new online shop. Haislip and the Magnolia Bowl were also included in an article on Draper James in the magazine Women’s Wear Daily.
Jera Rose Petal Lodge was featured on “Arts InSight,” a weekly arts program on Houston Public Media. The show’s camera crew set up at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) to film and interview Lodge about her innovative jewelry and metal work. Lodge is a former resident artist of HCCC.
Jaydan Moore was named the 2015 Emerging Artist by the American Craft Council as part of its Emerging Voices Award. Moore’s work ranges from intricately reconstructed platters to prints of their surfaces. The newly established Award is being presented in 2015 and biennially thereafter in recognition and support of the next generation of makers and thinkers in the field of contemporary craft.
Komelia Hongja Okim has received her third Fulbright research grant. She will write on Korean Metal Surface Techniques. She will be collecting resources in many parts of the country through museums, crafts centers and antique shops. Her book will cover the techniques, historical backgrounds, and contemporary usages in university teachings and with crafts artisans and fine artists in the metal fields.
One of Claudio Pino’s rings was selected for the 2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition. It is being exhibited at the Gold Museum of Taiwan in Taipei through September 13.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s incoming resident artists include Terry Fromm and Younha Jung. With over 80 applications from 22 states and three countries outside the U.S., the 2015-2016 residents represent some of the top craft artists in the field.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
“All you SNAGaliciouseseses” – Joyce Scott, SNAG Boston presenter (from 10 Best Lines Overheard)
Art Jewelry Forum and Bella Neyman have put together a collection of ’10 Best’ lists from SNAG Boston! Check out the 10 Best Lines Overheard, Top 10 Up and Comers, 10 Best Juxtapositions, and 10 Best Displays.
Thank you to AJF for these fun and informative collections!
Inspired by the numerous volunteers who dedicate countless hours to SNAG every year, the Board of Directors created The Volunteer Recognition Award to publicly acknowledge and honor volunteer contributions to the highest extent.
SNAG is pleased to announce that the first recipient is Harriete Estel Berman. Harriete has been an active volunteer for SNAG for well over 10 years, and a SNAG member and supporter for even longer. Harriete is best known in the community for her outstanding work on the Professional Development Seminar Leadership Committee which she was part of for many years before becoming its Chair. Harriete’s keen interest in professional practices and development opportunities for our field as well as her untiring outreach efforts to every segment of the metalsmithing community make her an exceptional leader and referred to voice in our field. Her open ear for current topics and her critical eye towards providing quality information have paved the way for many of our members’ success stories. In her untiring dedication to always deliver excellence on behalf of the Professional Development Program, Harriete is the epitome of volunteer commitment, and the reason why we are so immensely grateful for her service.
Harriete received the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Award during the Membership Meeting at the SNAG Conference in Boston, MA.
What brought you to wanting a board position?
It was really a combination of things, however, I remember in particular at the Houston conference Billie Jean Theide addressing the audience about the importance of volunteering for SNAG and how these positions are invaluable for the organization. And it is not until you find yourself in a volunteer position you really begin to understand the larger picture of what the organization is all about. So my first volunteering position for SNAG was serving on the Exhibition Planning Committee. And once my time with that committee was about to end I thought that maybe I could help at a different level and in a much more significant way.
My decision to run for President and serving on the board was also preempted by the feeling that over the years I have heard from many people that SNAG was simply becoming too large, impersonal, expensive and out of touch with the members…. it seemed that in order to help facilitate change – it has to come from within and people need to stand up and actively take a part or want to be a part of that change.
Overall I think it is a very exciting time to be on the board. It seems there is some real need and desire for transformation and I am honestly looking forward to seeing how this creative group of people that make up the board can help the organization and membership grow together in new and exciting ways.
What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment)?
I have just become the current President. After being elected last May, I spent the past year shadowing our Past-President Renee Zettle-Sterling. This shadowing included learning the many facets that make up SNAG. I quickly realized there was a lot about the internal structure of the organization I was not aware of. So initially it was simply finding out how many different committees there are – who is currently serving on them and who will be ending their service. It also involved becoming aware of what initiatives have been suggested in the past, how we can think dynamically about programming and services for the future, as well as what needs to evolve with the current structures of the organization in order to facilitate change that will best serve ALL the members and their diverse needs.
In particular my activity serving on the board so far has included conversations and implementation of actions in the areas of Strategic Planning, Board Governance, the overall budget, future conference planning including SNAG Next, and fundraising.
What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?
Over the past three years I have become very interested in research initiatives that focus on STEM education – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. By collaborating with several other departments on the campus at Indiana University, I have learned there is a huge shortage of women in these fields and there is significant effort to determine why and when there is a drop out point. For the past several years we have been implementing the idea of STEAM — the introduction of ART – through workshops, demonstrations and other community programs, focusing on a different approach to teaching the same concepts and ideas. There are three main workshops that I have been a part of and have helped develop which have continued to grow in concept and scope.
- For the past four years my graduate students and I have been running a workshop called Successorize at our local community college IVY Tech. Successorize teaches middle school girls how to design jewelry using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software along with Rapid Prototyping (RP) to manufacturing their ideas. Over 5 days the girls learn the basics of Rhino, produce objects in addition to developing a company, the company logo and slogan, conduct a cost analysis of their products to figure out their overhead and payment for employees – which is then all compiled and presented as a Power Point to a banker at the end of the week.
- Another fun workshop designed to explain simple circuitry is making interactive Voodoo dolls. By using conductive threads and fabric participants ‘wire up’ their dolls so when pierced with a pin LED’s illuminate particular parts of the body. Once the basic premise of the circuit is understood many people go on to make interactive t-shirts, hats and other wearable articles of clothing.
- Also in its fourth year I have co-hosted with the Computer Science/Informatics department at IU, is creating your own Electric Guitar. Again using CAD and a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Router, participants cut various profiles of guitars and then customize body designs and head stocks. In addition they have outfitted their guitars by rapid prototyping unique guitar knobs and picks.