Archive for February, 2016
The SNAG Board has awarded the 2016 Volunteer Recognition Award to Boris Bally. Started in 2015 by the SNAG Board of Directors, the Award recognizes and publicly acknowledges a volunteer’s contribution to SNAG.
Boris has been an enthusiastic and generous SNAG volunteer for many years. He has served on the organization’s Board of Directors and the Editorial Advisory Committee. Boris has participated in many SNAG community-led projects, most recently his “Ransom” project where he sold 100 of his brooches and asked the purchasers to take selfies wearing the piece they bought. Boris then donated a portion of the sales to SNAG as his personal way of giving back!
“Boris always has an open ear for the organization’s concerns and is available to help out with advice and practical assistance whenever needed. I love that I can count on his support and encouragement at all times. The board voted for him in unison, really no surprise. To us, Boris embodies the SNAG volunteer spirit and we are most grateful for all that he has done for us. A well-deserved recognition!”
– Brigitte Martin, Fundraising Chair, SNAG Board of Directors
“The first time I met Boris was at a pre-conference dinner. I thanked him for his generosity to SNAG and Boris being Boris, he thanked me for my service and handed me one of his necklaces. I was overwhelmed by his kindness. Boris continues to support SNAG in unprecedented ways, including the making of our annual appeal video last year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to help sustain SNAG.”
– Anne Havel, Treasurer, SNAG Board of Directors
Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, RI where he maintains his small studio business, Bally Humanufactured, LLC. Recently, Bally was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art: Oral History project, part of the Nanette Laitman Grant. Bally’s work has earned him the 2015 Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowship in Craft as well as two RISCA Design Fellowships. He also received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. Bally won First Prize from the International Green Dot Awards for his Broadway ArmChair design in 2012. In 2013 he was a finalist in both Eco Arts Awards and the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. In 2006 Bally received an Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Boris received the Volunteer Recognition Award at the Membership Meeting during the 2016 SNAGneXt conference.
above image: Boris Bally, photo by John Burke
Call for Entry
Deadline: March 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST
Remember the 2014 “Smiths Do It Better” logo by Anne Fiala, Maia Leppo and Matt Smith and the 2015 “SNAG Find Your Grit” logo by Ross Tanner? This year, SNAG is again holding an open design contest for a fun, new logo that will become the featured design for all our 2016 fundraising perks!
Want to have your design featured on our stickers, temporary tattoos, t-shirts, aprons, and tool holders? Then this contest is for you! In addition to design credit and publicity, the winner will receive a one-year SNAG membership, including a print & digital subscription to Metalsmith magazine, and one item of each perk their logo has been placed on.
What are we looking for?
Designs should take into consideration the wide range and diversity of our membership. Each entry should appeal to our membership as a whole and not be specifically geared to just one group. The design should be able to be adapted for a variety of merchandise.
- Deadline: March 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
- All files must be received in pdf or jpg format for initial consideration, but chosen logo designer agrees to send in design in eps format.
- Designs must be in one color only (in addition to white or black). Designs are to include a fun phrase or saying similar to the previous logos designed.
- This contest is open to anyone.
- Email the files along with the application information (listed below) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please include the following information with your designs:
-Brief design statement:
Questions? Email email@example.com
Crafthaus is pleased to award the 2016 SNAG/crafthaus Conference Scholarship to Olivia Shih. Shih will use the scholarship to attend SNAGneXt in May.
Shih plans to blog about gender and jewelry by interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work, and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.