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2020 SNAG Election Information

Election 2020

The SNAG membership elects leaders for the coming years. All SNAG members have the right to vote. Online voting begins August 10th. Information about the candidates is available on the website. By-Law changes will also be up for vote.

 2020 Slate of Candidates:

President – Kat Cole

Board of Directors – Ben Dory, Stacy Rodgers, Demitra Thomloudis

Nominations & Elections Committee – Liz Clark


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2020 Educational Endowment Scholarships

SNAG awards three student scholarships with at least one award given to a student that is currently an undergraduate. These scholarships are for tuition towards the students’ degree granting programs.

Congratulations to the 2020 Educational Endowment Student Scholarship recipients:

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$2000 Award
Sorrel Van Allen
Received BFA, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS Canada; Enrolled in Silversmithing Certificate Program at Bishopsland Educational Trust, Oxfordshire, UK
“Bract Series No. 1,” Nu-Gold, powdercoat, steel pin, 2 x ¾ inches, 2020

Yuan_CutBirch_2 - Yihan Yuan

$1500 Award
Yihan Yuan  

BFA in progress, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
“Cut Birch,” Copper, silver, enamel, 2.5 x 5 x12 inches, 2020

Choi_Fetch!_5 - Jiho Choi

$1000 Award
Jiho Choi
BFA in progress, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS Canada
“Fetch!,” Silver, bronze, stainless steel wire, ball bearing, 4 3/4 × 1/3 × 1 1/3 inches, 2019

SNAG also awards three scholarships for professional artists to use towards a course of study of their choice in North America.

Congratulations to the 2020 Educational Endowment Professional Artist Scholarship recipients:

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$2000 Award
Bridget Parlato

“Reliquary for My Father’s Hair 2,” Items from Father’s desk, copper sheet, hair, 5 x 2 x 9″, 2019

Kosker_CTCluster_4 - Adorned Spaces

$1500 Award
Joshua Kosker
“CT Cluster”, Tangelo peel, plywood, sterling silver, 2 1⁄2 x 4 x 2” (30” chain), 2016

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$1000 Award
Jess Tolbert
“Greater-Than Series” (brooch), Fused steel staples, steel, 14K gold pin wire, 3.875” x 3.875” x .625”, 2019


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

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As Good As Gold

As Good as Gold 2019
The sixth juried member online exhibition in the We Are SNAG Membership Series.

On view at SNAG//SPACE

2019 marked 50 years since the inception of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. From traditional goldsmiths to alternative material-smiths, from bench jewelers to educators, SNAG’s membership spans an extensive population of makers. The 2019 virtual membership exhibition celebrates the diversity and growth of the organization over the last 50 years. Juried by Sienna Patti and Taisha Carrington.


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

Clara WilliamsGIA_Logo_CMYK Halstead
pepetoolsSteven Jacob Inc


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2020 SNAG Student Exhibition Awards

SNAG’s 2020 Juried Student Exhibition, entitled “Grit to Gold,” focuses on the future of the field. Due to the cancellation of SNAG’s 2020 conference, the exhibition is only being shown online this year. Exhibition juried by Leila Cartier and Lindsay Ketterer Gates.

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Letter from the Board – June 2020

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A Letter from SNAG’s Board of Directors

Dear members, sponsors, friends and colleagues,

As an organization whose mission is to foster community, SNAG believes that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQI, and all underrepresented communities in the fight for racial justice and equality.

SNAG acknowledges that expressions of solidarity are insufficient without action. We want to not only state our support, but also ask our friends and supporters to step forward with us.

As a board, we commit to increasing the diversity of the voices that guide this organization and participate in our programming. In 2017, SNAG developed a written policy on diversity, equity and inclusion because we recognized that these values are integral to fulfilling our organizational mission and vision and would help to guide our way forward.

This policy is not meant to stand in place of action, or absolve us from doing the work necessary to create a more inclusive and equitable organization. Some of that work was invested in developing a new programming model for the now canceled 49th annual conference. Though we were not able to gather face to face, it feels more urgent than ever that we engage in conversations that move toward a more equitable future for both SNAG and our individual communities.

As allies our first job is to listen and ask how we can lend support in the fight to end racial bias and systemic injustice. We will announce dates and details soon for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Dialogues that will take place as part of our In Conversation Series, we hope you will join us.

These are only small steps in what we recognize is a long journey. We are committed to accountability, listening, learning, and working together toward a more just and equitable future, both in our communities and our organization.

To provide space for the voices of those calling for justice now, we are rescheduling the J. Fred Woell Movie Nights and Panel Discussion originally planned for this week. The movies will now be available June 25 and 27 with a live Q & A on June 28th.

Sincerely,

SNAG Board of Directors