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Member Achievements – December 2020

Jess TolbertJess Tolbert was a winner of an international jewelry award at Preziosa Young 2020. In addition, Jess was a finalist for international craft prize at Loewe Craft Prize 2020.

Zihan YangZihan Yang also was chosen as a winner at Preziosa Young 2020.

W4_Claudio_PinoClaudio Pino presented sculpture rings at the exhibition “Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age” curated by Elyse Zorn Karlin at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA.

Teri Brudnak had work in an online show in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Members: Send your achievements to SNAG!


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead and Pepetools.

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In Remembrance: Maria Tritico

Maria Tritico

Maria Tritico, the education director at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and a recent SNAG member, tragically lost her life after a stray bullet struck her this month.

Maria was a graduate of Texas State University and The Art Institute of Chicago, and worked at the ArtCenter since 2017. She was a metalsmith and jewelry artist. Her work features silver and gold asymmetrical patterns on earrings and necklaces and had been on display in the United States and Canada. She also worked with art-therapy programs for veterans, the elderly, and for adults with special needs.

Lighthouse ArtCenter has created a memorial fund to continue the work Maria was doing. Those interested can donate at lighthousearts.org

All of us at SNAG are so sorry to hear of this terrible loss and our thoughts are with her friends, coworkers and family.

Source: The Palm Beach Post website. Photo: Provided to The Palm Beach Post by Laura Zele.


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Future50

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As we come to the end of what has been a strange and difficult year, many of us have felt the need to re-examine and take stock of things. Privileges and relationships that we have taken for granted show themselves differently in the light of all that has happened in 2020. With these reflections, we look to chart a better course forward into 2021 and beyond.

In light of these times, the SNAG board has been compelled to do the same. In 2019, we celebrated the 50-year history of this organization with great pride, and the makers and educators who contributed to our success along the way. But there were many who have been left out of our official history. As we look to the future, what is it we want to see? Who are the future voices of our field? Voices, that those of us charged with guiding this institution through this difficult time need to hear?

For this year’s Annual Appeal letter instead of asking a well-recognized member of our community, we decided to ask our future artists what they love about our organization, what programs and activities resonate with them, and what they want to see more of from SNAG going forward. We received a variety of responses, both thoughtful and encouraging. Watch for our daily posts on Instagram and Facebook, mid-November through mid-December, where we will share those responses.

As you think about what is important to you during this time of giving, please consider a donation. Your financial support will have a direct impact on our organization by helping to secure the next 50 years of this member-driven institution.

Sincerely,
Kat Cole
President
Society of North American Goldsmiths


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In Remembrance: Carolyn Benesh

Carolyn Benesh

The staff and board of SNAG were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Carolyn Benesh. Carolyn was the founding co-editor and co-publisher of Ornament magazine since 1974. She also worked with Craft in America as an advisor and board members since its inception. Carolyn, along with her son Patrick, have been long-time members and supporters of SNAG. She has brought much to the field through traveling and documenting jewelry, textiles and more. We know that Carolyn will be greatly missed.

You can read a memorial message from Patrick and Robert at Ornament here.

SNAG extends its sincere condolences to all of Carolyn’s family and friends.


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Member Achievements – October 2020

Lisa GralnickLisa Gralnick was recently named as a winner of the 2020 American Craft Council Awards. Gralnick, a professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a metalsmith, studio jeweler, and academic whose work challenges the monetary, cultural, and personal value of objects by transforming metals into objects of thought-provoking visual beauty.

Myra Mimlitsch-GrayMyra Mimlitsch-Gray received a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture. Mimlitsch-Gray is a Cranbrook alumna and SUNY New Paltz faculty member. The Fellowship program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding Fellowships to five disciplines per year on a triennial basis.

Kyra-Martin-BefittingCongratulations to the winners of the 2020 MJSA Vision Awards Design Competition, including SNAG members Kyra Martin (Befitting ring shown here) for First Place, Future of the Industry (Student Work) and Ashley Pollack for Second Place in the same category.

jill_tower_guppyCongratulations to the SNAG members who were chosen for Interweave’s Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards. Winners included Jill Tower, Grand Prize (Fancy Guppy pendant shown here). Honorable Mentions included Susan Coddon and Saul Ellis.

Members: Send your achievements to SNAG!


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead and Pepetools.

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