SNAG is happy to announce our new Technical Education Program and Director.
Victoria Lansford is joining the SNAG staff as the new Director of Technical Education. For over 25 years, post-conceptual artist, educator, and author Victoria Lansford has created one-of-a-kind wearable sculpture and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters yet are infused with her own provocative vision. Focusing on old world metalsmithing techniques, including high relief Eastern repoussé, Russian filigree, chain making, and granulation, Victoria has paved the way for contemporary artists to utilize these ancient processes in new ways.
Victoria’s work has been seen in exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Wayne Arts Center, the Mulvane Art Museum, the von Liebig Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Museum and in numerous publications, including the Lark 500 book series, Metalsmith and Jewelry Artist magazines, Repousse and Chasing (Brynmorgen Press), On Body and Soul: Contemporary Amulets to Armor (Schiffer Publishing) and on Home and Garden Television.
SNAG’s new technical education program will focus on archiving the wealth of information within our jewelry and metalsmithing community and making it available to future generations of makers. New technical articles will be a collaboration between established educators of all types and emerging and established makers in the field. The educators contribute projects and lesson plans from past curriculum that focus on particular techniques or design challenges. The contributed project will be matched with a maker, who follows the project and documents the processes and his/her experiences in an engaging digital format. In addition, there will be a call for images of each project from the educator’s past students to show how multiple makers have approached the same concept and how this lesson had informed the student’s future work.
“Victoria brings to the SNAG staff a wealth of knowledge and skills around various techniques. She has been an author of books and videos focused on technical education. Victoria will be working with me and the board to expand the Technical Education Program at SNAG, so we are very excited to have her on board,” says SNAG Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith. “Hopefully with Victoria, artists will see that SNAG is dedicated to expanding our technical education in our future.”
Interested in participating? SNAG is offering a flat fee for articles! Please email Victoria Lansford and indicate whether you would like to contribute a project or lesson plan or would like to create an article based on one.