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Welcome New Metalsmith Magazine Intern

Colleen TerrellPlease join SNAG in welcoming our new Metalsmith magazine intern, Colleen Terrell. Colleen is currently an M.A. student at the Bard Graduate Center in New York, NY. With a graduate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, for the last decade she has worked as a grant proposal writer for nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia. Now she’s making the jump to a different kind of writing: at the BGC, she’s building a foundation from which to write and report about craft. As an intern at Metalsmith magazine, Colleen is learning first-hand about what that kind of writing involves, while building her knowledge of the jewelry and metalsmithing fields. Metalsmith Vol 37 No 1frameDeep familiarity with Metalsmith also will help her frame her master’s research at the BGC on the role that professional publications played in supporting the post-war studio craft movement. Colleen’s parents are metalsmiths, so in some ways, her internship with Metalsmith is also a return to familiar territory; the magazine has been regular reading in her family’s home for decades. For Colleen, though, words are the chosen medium, and she looks forward to forging her own path, finding and sharing stories about objects and their makers.


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Letter from the President – July 2018

Happy Summer Everyone!

Nicole Jacquard 2018I wanted to send everyone a quick note to say how great it was to catch up with so many people in Portland and I hope you all enjoyed the conference line-up as much as I did. The program was packed with inspiring speakers, exhibitions and workshops in addition to the wide array of goods and tools in the vendor room.

I also want to officially welcome aboard President Elect Brian Ferrell, Michael Brehl our new Treasurer, as well as our new and returning board members: Dominique Bereiter, Kat Cole, Jack da Silva, Diane Hulse, and April Wood – in addition to Sharon Massey who will be joining the Nominations and Elections Committee.

These are exciting times ahead as we work toward ambitious fundraising goals for the exciting programming commemorating SNAG’S 50th Anniversaries over the next two years.  

SNAG was officially founded in 1969 with its the first meeting in Chicago, and in 1970 the first conference was held in Minneapolis, St. Paul.Therefore, the programming and conference committees have been working diligently on events for the next two years highlighting these significant achievements of the organization. And the entire board, staff and all our volunteers are stepping it up a notch in regards to their personal commitments to fundraising, and responsibilities to ensure the events are a success.

The significance of reaching 50 years is huge, when you think that most small business don’t make it past 5 years, and that is with people pouring the heart, soul and livelihood into them on a daily basis. With all that in mind, we will be calling on the entire membership to help — and this is in addition to our annual appeal. This organization is something that you created. It quite literally is a safe-haven for like-minded people who are generous, thoughtful, inclusive and supportive of all creative activities.

So when we reach out to you over the next few weeks — please reflect on what SNAG means to you — how it has benefited you personally through its events, resources, and overall comradery of the membership. And when you think of these things in addition to all the other things SNAG does — please be generous in your giving — in whatever amount you can to an organization that only exists because of your support.

Again, I hope you are all enjoying the summer and being productive in all your creative endeavors.

Best wishes,
Nicole Jacquard
President
Society of North American Goldsmiths

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In Remembrance: Marjan Unger

Marjan Unger

Marjan Unger wearing Sketch for Sleeping Beauty II necklace, by Robert Smit, photo: Michael Ferron, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1991

On June 27, 2018, Marianne Unger-de Boer passed away at home in Bussum, the Netherlands, after a rich, yet too-short life. Marjan was 72 years old. As she liked to remind her audiences in lectures, she was born in February 1946, exactly nine months after the liberation of the Netherlands in May 1945. People who knew her will immediately recall her voice, way of speaking, and grinning laugh when she related this fact. Most people today will know her as “the” jewelry specialist, but she was much more than that. In fact, she engaged with the full breadth of design and likewise worked in all design sectors.

The full homage to Marjan, written by Liesbeth Den Besten, can be found on the Art Jewelry Forum website.

AJF logoThank you to Art Jewelry forum for sharing this article with the SNAG community.


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Job Openings at SNAG

SNAG Announces Education Manager Position

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is seeking an Education Manager who will oversee all educational initiatives at SNAG, including the conferences and the Road 2 Success Entrepreneurship Program along with other educational activities. This is an exciting opportunity to develop programs and grow this position. Interested applicants may send a cover letter detailing their skills and experience managing education programs, along with a resume and three professional references to SNAG’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith. This position will remain open until filled but emphasis will be given to applications submitted before July 22, 2018. For a complete job description including salary range and benefits click here. Please put the following in the email subject line: Education Manager Position Application.

SNAG Seeks Paid Interns for the 2018/2019 School Year

Working with SNAG provides invaluable experience to anyone interested in pursuing a career as an arts professional in various aspects of administration, conference planning, and exhibitions. An internship gives an opportunity for someone to build a set of skills applicable in their career as an artist, administrator, or future leader. SNAG is seeking interns for exhibitions, conference planning, and arts administration for the 2018/2019 school year. For a complete description of each position click on the links below:
Exhibitions Intern
Conference Planning Intern
Arts Administration Intern
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and three references to SNAG Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by August 1, 2018. Please put the following in the email subject line: Intern position applying for – Application (i.e. Conference Planning Intern – Application).