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2019 Exhibition in Motion Call for Entries

EiM_featureAurum: The Golden Year
SNAG will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year at the 2019 Chicago conference, The Loop: Coming Full Circle. The Exhibition in Motion (EiM) committee is seeking works that reflect this milestone. The EiM is a runway-type live exhibition event that takes place at the conference.

How do you see gold? Glitz, glam, indulgent, excessive, subtle or even demure? Gold goes beyond a material, it is a color, a signifier and a feeling. Translate the idea of gold literally, or let it transport you to a golden place.

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Deadline: October 18, 2018


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SNAG Announces New Education Director

SNAG is pleased to announce that noted metalsmith and arts educator Kristin Mitsu Shiga will join its staff as Education Director. Kristin will be responsible for planning and managing SNAG’s conferences and educational initiatives. She has held a variety of positions in the nonprofit arts sector, including Gallery Director at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Extension Program Director at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Program Director at the Donkey Mill Art Center, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Kristin served as SNAG’s very first Conference Director from 2003-2006.

Kristin has taught classes and workshops in metalsmithing and enameling around the world since 1992 and established successful metalsmithing programs at art centers in Oregon, New York and Hawaii. As a maker, she is deeply inspired by her participation in various artist collaborations, including the biennial EMMA International Collaboration in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as well as CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, New Zealand and the Hawaii Artist Collaboration in Holualoa, Hawaii. Her work is featured in numerous publications, including Art Jewelry Today, The Art of Enameling and several of Lark Books’ 500 Series.  She has shown her work internationally and is included in notable collections, such as the Kamm Artful Teapot collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. You can learn more about her work as a maker from this Oregon Art Beat segment.

SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Kristin brings with her a wealth of experience and skills that will allow SNAG to continue and grow our array of educational initiatives while developing new programs. As a maker, she truly understands the needs of our members and her reputation as both a teacher and artist are unparalleled. Her experience planning conferences, creating professional practices classes for artists, and developing deep and meaningful connections throughout the general craft community will truly help SNAG advance our mission and serve our members. We are very excited to welcome Kristin back to SNAG!”

above image: Kristin Mitsu Shiga, photo by Beau Jack Key


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Call for Entries: HERE TODAY


HERE TODAY: We Are SNAG Membership Series

here todayThe fifth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series. This exhibition seeks to explore the notion of “ephemerality” in its widest definition, showcasing work that explores transience, is comprised of impermanent materials, incorporates memorabilia and “ephemera,” and/or exists through time-based performance and photography.

Open to all current SNAG members 18 years of age or older. Extended deadline is September 30, 2018. Learn more and enter today >>>


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SNAG’s 219 for 220 Initiative

SNAG will soon be celebrating two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of our founding in 2019 and the 50th anniversary of our first conference in 2020.

219 220 graphic orange wide 300We are looking for 219 members to donate $220 each to help us produce special additional programming over the next two years that will mark these milestones, and we are hoping you will be one! Learn more and donate>>>


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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.